1. De-clutter your space
Shannon and Ishara run meditation and yoga retreats in Morocco and suggest your first point of call should be to clear away any clutter in your house. Ishara turned to Ayurvedic Yoga to help relieve symptoms of stress and found de-cluttering to be the simplest way of becoming stress-free. Singer, songwriter and yogi Jonathan suggests clearing away all man-made objects in particular before starting your yoga session. Once your space is clear, place your yoga mat on an even surface, away from any draft. Be sure to find a space where you won’t be disturbed by any housemates or family, either!
2. Create a yoga altar
Hosts Lucy, Suze, Sue and Mangaljot all suggest creating a yoga altar filled with things that evoke positive memories such as flowers, photos of people you love and even scented candles. Suze also recommends placing your altar in a space where there is room to sit in front of it.
3. Bring nature into your home
Our hosts love taking their yoga practice outside and you can do the same in your garden, at the beach or in the park – practising outside will improve your motivation no end. “You could also bring a little bit of the outdoors in and help purify the air inside your house with some aloe vera and ferns,” suggests Samantha, manager of outdoor fitness holidays in Thailand. Adding some flowers to your yoga space can also welcome nature’s healing energy, adds Shaini.
4. Switch off technology
5. Set clear goals for your practice
Alex and Stacey are a yoga-loving couple who hold retreats in Greece and Gran Canaria and advocatesetting yourself goals for your yoga practice. Whether it’s an area of discomfort you’d like to work through or a desire to achieve better balance, work to meet your goals and monitor your success.
6. Create a calm, warm & peaceful space
Helena and Sunnah both run UK-based retreats and recommend making sure your space is well-heated when you start your practice so you’re feeling as comfortable as possible. Karen and Yair, who focus on the healing aspects of yoga in their teaching, recommend opening windows during your session, so energy can circulate.“Try and avoid practising yoga in the bedroom as it’s easy to be tempted to lie down,” adds yogi Tania from Thailand. Instead, try finding a more neutral space such as a living room or dining room.
7. And finally…
Even sipping a hot lemon drink or camomile tea can transport you into retreat mode, says teachers Nicole and Robin. What’s more, playing some relaxing background music (a favourite of Kaisa’s in the Philippines) will find your feeling more relaxed and yoga-ready in minutes.