We recently moved to Florida to an older home which needed remodeling. Prior owners had done a poor job converting the two car garage into living space. We recreated the room into a serene yoga studio...including one wall and all the trim and crown molding is now done in old growth redwood we salvaged from a condemned California mountain cottage. With dimensions of 20 x 20 feet and nearly 10 foot ceilings, it feels Luxurious AND Zen. We love sharing the space, and are so grateful to have such an inspiring spot for yoga right here at home.
I turned my daughter's old bedroom into a yoga studio/in-home business. I knocked out a wall that led to a garden and a private street entrance and installed French doors and a large redwood look deck for outdoor yoga. Fortunately, my town allows in-home businesses so I paid for my business license and even joined the Chamber of Commerce. During the remodel, which was pretty simple, I chanced upon an antique clawfoot bathtub, all I needed besides the yoga studio to have a perfect home. The bathroom which will be used by my yoga students is perfect now but it took a few months longer to be able to open the studio.
Going to create a Yoga studio in my home. I hope to succeed in the same! Thanks!
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I enjoyed this article very much. I now have a yoga room in my house - a spare bedroom with beautiful light and nothing in it except my yoga mat and a meditation cushion. It's a wonderful place for my morning practice and for any time I need to just sit. I may put up some artwork later, but for now I'm enjoying the emptyness.
I turned my oldest son's room into my private yoga room after he moved out. I love having a place that is just mine. It has great hardwood floors, and I kept it pretty minimal. I added some candle sconces to the walls, a couple of framed yoga posters, a bamboo plant, a place for my yoga books and magazines, a desk top water feature, and a small stereo. Sometimes, if I am not up to practicing, I can sit and enjoy the quiet, or even read some of my yoga books. Next, I am looking for an outdoor area in my garden!!
Excellent article! So many ideas! I think making an altar would encourage me to stop skiving off of yoga practice ;-) My fave is always lavender scented candles...
Fabulous ideas. But in a modest home that I share with my husband and two teenage sons (none of whom practise yoga), sometimes just finding space to unfurl my mat is hard. No problem in the summer, though. I practise in the garden, by my pond.
Something to work on, I guess.
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