How I created my Yoga and Meditation room

One of the benefits of being an empty nester is the ability to turn your spare room (children’s old bedrooms) into spaces you have always wanted…like your very own dressing room or, like me, a Yoga and Meditation room. In fact there are so many things that you can do with spare rooms…they don’t have to stay as “your daughters room”. At home we have three spare rooms that were our children’s rooms. One is in the process of being a guest room, the other will become an Airbnb room and the third is all mine “muhwahaha”…evil laugh and I’m having so much fun making it into my very own Yoga and Meditation space.

Meditation space in the new yoga and meditation room

Meditation space in the new yoga and meditation room

At the moment my yoga mat and meditation kit is in the lounge which is not really ideal. In the mornings I often have my peaceful silent mediation broken by fighting cats or cats leaping onto my lap….not really conducive to a beneficial mediation session. Then the morning Yoga session is managed around the cats showing me how a proper downward dog is done, by doing big cat stretches followed by a clawing of the yoga mat. And that’s just in the morning.

In the afternoon I again fight the cats and the mat plus I have my husband who likes to partake in my Yoga session, passively mind!!! Giving me critique on my poses. The best of all is at the completion of the savasana session I turn around and Pete’s zzzzzz out on the couch having received the benefit of Yoga by osmosis !!

Needless to say it did not take much to persuade myself to consider turning one of the old bedrooms into my very own Yoga and Mediation retreat. The room in question was my daughters old bedroom, and due to recent house renovations it has all new, carpet, paint, curtains and blinds and fittings so I didn’t need to do any decorating as such, more just soft furnishings and accessories.

Design Inspiration

In my mind I had a bit of a vision as to how I wanted the room to look. I have a few special things that are important to me for my mediation and Yoga sessions and I wanted to incorporate these as accessories into the room. It was interesting, as when I was looking on Pinterest for some inspiration, I noticed that there were a number of posts talking about the similar items but grouping them into;

  • Smell - or rather scents, which includes things like candles, tealights, incense and diffusers.

  • Sound - chimes, gentle calming music and maybe a Tibetan meditation singing bowl. The latter I have not got however rather interested in sourcing one, they do sound so beautiful and restful.

  • Sight - your spiritual inspiration or personal deity or something or someone that brings you a sense of peace and harmony

  • Touch - something tactile that aids your meditation, like mala beads.

  • Taste - water / tea

My mala beads

My mala beads

So when looking at my special items they actually mainly fell into each of these 5 categories…surprise surprise!

Smell/Scent

I like to use essential oils and a diffuser, I also have incense and a burner. My favourite oil is Deep Relax from Fire and Ice using a small USB diffuser from Kmart. Trade Aid has the best incense and burners.

Sound

I have a very small set of chimes, that make the most delicate sound when they catch the breeze through the window. It’s such a relaxing sound.

Sight

I have a few things that I describe as filling my soul so I suppose these are my spiritual inspiration. They are an oil painting of Mt Aoraki which my Mumma gave me , a piece of rock or schist from the McKenzie country that my Sister found and a turquoise Bear from my dear departed Aunty.

Touch

My mala beads which I sourced from a local online store Pranachic. My mala beads are essential for me in my meditation sessions.

Taste

My morning cup of tea is essential for when I read and journal. I love using my all time favourite set from T2

The other things that I needed in the room was more for my Yoga. Being able to have my yoga mat permanently laid out would be soooo good. Plus have my exercise weights , just 5kg dumb bells that I am using to help contain my bingo wings.

Room layout

The shape of the room itself is a bit awkward but has a lot of windows that get the morning sun. This is perfect for me as I always do my meditation and stretch Yoga session in the mornings. In the evening I do a full Yoga session so do not want lots of sun as it just gets all to hot for this old gal!

Anyway in my mind I wanted to create two spaces, one for meditation and one for Yoga and I wanted a place to just chill and relax. So this is what I did.

Relax Space

Once was two beds now there is one. All I did here was to stack one mattress on top of the other to create a high “day bed” I suppose you might call it. I just used a nice white cover, I think it was from The Warehouse and it was from the spare room, so not in use. I had a collection of cushions that I have kept for the spare room and decided that they would look better on this bed and I think they do. I love how it turned out, it’s super comfy, thanks to the two mattress’s. The bed can easily be made up for guests if needed so I don’ t lose any bedding options by using this room as a Yoga and Meditation room.

Day beads with heaps of cushions makes the perfect relaxation space

Day beads with heaps of cushions makes the perfect relaxation space

Meditation Space

So this may sound a bit silly, since I do Yoga!! however I have a dodgy old back and in the morning it is very stiff. This means that when I do my meditation in the morning I have to sit with my back supported, so I usually always sit on the floor on a rolled blanket with my back against the couch. So in this room I need to be able to sit against the bed. My meditation space is therefore in front of the bed and I have placed a small table directly opposite that has all my special things on it. It’s really nice now to have a focal point in the room for my meditation.

meditation space in the room

meditation space in the room

Yoga Space

At the end of the room I have my Yoga mat laid out…permanently.! and just have a full length mirror up against the wall. It can be really helpful to have a mirror to just check your technique sometimes, especially when starting out. And of course I have got some fairy lights for soft lighting. There is plenty of leg room, which when doing Yoga is important.

my yoga space

my yoga space

Accessories

Art and plants are still a work in progress here, it’s important not to over do it and clutter up the space. There were a couple of plants which I needed to rehouse and lucky for me they were perfect for this room. Over time I will put a few more plants in here, maybe some hanging from the ceiling. The only art that I have in the room at present is my wee oil painting that I have on my meditation table. My beautiful Sis has completed a mindfulness colour print for me which I will frame and pop it up on the wall, the colours go so well with this room. Also my very talented daughter is going to do an oil painting for me too however I think I might be waiting a while for that.

a few accessories in my meditation and yoga room

a few accessories in my meditation and yoga room

A string of fairy lights around the mirror provides some soft lighting and I tell you soft lighting is a must when you get up at the crack of dawn for meditation.

Mastering your day

Setting up my own Yoga and meditation space is something that I have wanted to do for along time. Over the past 12 months I have been on a personal development journey and taking little steps each day to help me achieve my goals and dreams. As part of my journey I have developed an approach to my day, of which Yoga and Meditation is a key part, which I refer to as Mastering my day. If you would like to read more about what I do, my routines and how I fit these into my day and the benefits take a look at my post all about Mastering your day





It’s been a week since I started using my beautiful new room and I would totally recommend doing this if you can create your own space. It doesn’t have to be a whole room, you could easily use empty spaces in your house.

Oh and lastly if you want more inspiration and ideas on what to do with your space room, just jump across to my Pinterest page for some great inspirational

Happy Yoga time everyone

Namaste !

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The challenge to do nothing


Is it just me or do you also find it hard to do nothing without feeling guilty? What I mean by doing nothing, is what normal people call relaxing!.  Enjoying a great book,  sitting staring into space, watching movies, or just chilling out.

I seem to be one of those freaks that has to keep busy, thriving on challenges.

Honestly I don't know how Pete puts up with me, running around like a mad lady most of the time. Thank goodness he is not like me, can you imagine two of us ...ohhh lordy.

It is actually really hard for me to relax without the guilt. In fact, I find that if I stop and relax "do nothing" I am constantly thinking of what I need to do.  Unfortunately this not healthy.

Recently I had a perfect storm which sort of forced me to stop!

My world is very busy, working full time in the corporate world, running a home and garden, raising a family, renovating our house, doing running events, work travel, and developing my wee business.

It is fair to say that it is rather all consuming at the moment.

About a week ago I was trying to juggle everything, over achieving to the max. I had planned to do a running event in the weekend however was struggling with my preparation. My internal voice was very loud...."not good enough", "you should be fitter", "you should be able to run faster".

I was time poor and struggling to do everything, so getting myself into a bit of a state.

All sensible people would have worked out what was achievable and what was not. But clearly I am not sensible. It was my lovely Pete that put his foot down and made me realise that I actually had to stop, take a breath breath and relax. ...I need you to, he said....so I had to actually give myself permission to have a day off and do nothing.

So there it was, I was forced to stop.

Sunday was the day off. The first thing for me was to sleep in, yes I love early morning it is my best time, so sleeping in is not something I do a lot. This time however I ended up sleeping in until 11am. I spent the rest of the day watching my favourite chick flicks. Oh boy it felt sooo good.

What really hit home for me was how relieved I felt when I actually made a conscious decision to do nothing. For me removing the guilt of doing nothing was the key. At the age of 47 you would have thought that I would have figured out this stuff a long time ago, but no I had not. Life continues to teach you and you have to be open to continue to learn and change.

Ok so what did I learn from this experience?

Plan to do nothing

Actually put the "do nothing" time into your week as a task to do. If you need to specify a day and time this does help so you can plan around it.

If you are a planner, then plan it in, big and bold.

Reward

If you struggle with feeling guilty when relaxing, I suggest having it as a reward for doing something that you have to get done during the week. It will really help reduce the guilt.

Permission

Give yourself permission to relax, tell your family and friends so they know what your "do nothing" time is.

Schedule

Make sure that you do this on a regular basis, again even if you have to schedule it in, same day each month, same time each week, what ever works for you.

Now I know that it will always be a bit of a battle for me to relax so for me it is really important that I have a way to achieve it, if not only for my health and wellbeing but also for the sanity of my poor Pete!!!

I would love to hear how you relax, take time out or whatever you do to recharge. I am sure there are lots of other great ways for me to learn from.

Hugs and smiles

Tania