Create your own Travel Yoga & Meditation Altar

make a travel yoga altar

How about a self care afternoon doing something creative by making your own miniature, travel yoga & meditation altar?

Whether you are traveling for a yoga retreat (lucky you) or you spend time on the road for business, our physical yoga practice is something we can always take with us. But how about our yoga altar?

mini travel altar
Travel Yoga & Meditation Altar

Having an altar for our practice creates a dedicated place of focus for our yoga, meditation or mindfulness routine. This can be particularly useful when traveling to new places and living in unfamiliar spaces.

How about a little creativity time spent making your own pocket size altar to tuck in to your travel bag!

yoga stuff ready for travel
travel altar, yoga strap and yoga clothes

Our physical yoga practice is something we can always take with us. But how about our yoga altar?

Materials you will need

  • Favorite wrapping paper or handmade paper of your choice. You only need a small amount. I chose Nepalese Lokta paper which is available in many colors and designs.
  • Glue stick, double sided tape & scissors
  • Meditation cards. These are some I made and stamped with craft stamps. you can write on them or stick your own typed mantras, favorite quotes or phrases.
Handmade meditation cards for your yoga altar
Hand watercolored meditation cards for your own choice of mantra or phrase
  • A matchbook from a restaurant or you can buy blank ones here (optional)
  • Small bunch of sage (you can buy sage from this great etsy store). A little goes a long way.
Travel yoga tin & contents
Gather miniature items for your travel tin

So……….on to the fun bit……

Cut your paper to size by drawing around the tin base and lid. Stick on to the top and bottom surface of your travel altar tin

Cut an additional two for the inside of the lids. You can simply use the same template and trim to fit.

Having an altar for our practice creates a dedicated place of focus for our yoga, meditation or mindfulness routine.

Include a few matches for your sage and miniature candle but be sure to cut off a slither of the match striking surface and adhere to the back of your tin like I have here.

back edge of travel yoga altar

Alternatively, if you’re in a creative mood you can cover a matchbook with matching paper to make a set.

Be mindful that if you are traveling by plane that you don’t pack matches or matchbooks in your hand luggage! You can always pick up some matches at your destination.

Travel yoga & meditation altar
Travel yoga & meditation altar

What to include in your travel yoga tin

Fill your tin with your favorite and most inspiring items. I included:

  • small amount of sage
  • tea light candle
  • precious stone
  • a pendant that I love
  • a small shell
  • a feather
  • handmade, watercolor meditation cards. I painted a handful and stamped phrases on them and kept others blank to add my own inspirations at a later date. You can buy a blank set here from yogaskinny’s sister Etsy store, maycontainpaper.
yoga & meditation cards
Hand watercolored meditation cards for your quotes, mantras & phrases


You can include whatever inspires you. Suggestions include

  • photos of loved people or places
  • yoga or nature imagery
  • treasured pieces of jewelry
  • favorite memento
  • miniature ornament
  • small aromatherapy oil
  • incense cone
  • small artworks

Once you are at your travel destination, pick a spot in your space to arrange your own mini altar with the contents of your travel tin.

I love a craft project and when it is yoga related I love it even more. See how your mini altar works out and then make some as gifts for friends and students.

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Creating a Home Altar for your Yoga & Meditation Practice

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A home altar is a sacred space created for your yoga & meditation practice

Creating a home altar serves as a focal place to practice asana, meditate and set your intention for the day.  

The purpose of an altar is to create a sacred space that allows you to reconnect whether you are doing asana poses, sitting for meditation and pranayama or simply pausing for a brief moment to set an intention for your day.

Here’s a simple checklist for creating your home altar.

Identify Your Space

It could be a corner of your yoga room, the edge of your dresser, a shelf amongst your books or a small tray placed at the foot of your yoga mat.  The space is somewhere that you immediately feel at ease and comfortable.

Clean Your Space

Clear the clutter.  Relocate, donate or release excess items from the space.  Keeping the area tidy, clean and bright will energize the space.

Cleanse Your Space

Smudge sage or burn some incense to clear negative & stagnant energy

Sage for a home altar
Bundles of sage for cleansing and removing negative energy

Select and Arrange your Favorite Items

An altar is an evolving and changing sacred space.  There are no rules about what to place at an altar as it is personal to you.  

The best starting point is to gather personal items that you love, that inspire you and give meaning to your practice. 

Items to consider for your home altar

-Photographs of loved ones in frames you’ve chosen

-Symbolic images that hold meaning for you

Beautiful yoga themed yoga prints
Colorful yoga prints

-A candle or incense burner

concrete incense burner
A handcrafted incense burner

-Artworks you love

four mini OM canvas
Miniature ‘OM’ mantra canvas

-Mala necklace that you may like to wear or use as part of your meditation practice

-A small, handmade box to store your incense, sage, candles  & matches

Wooden box for storage of small altar items
Perfect handcrafted boxes for your altar supply of incense, sage & essential oils

-A favorite bowl or dish

-A treasured piece of jewelry or trinket

 

Creating a home altar serves as a focal place to practice asana, meditate and set your intention for the day. 

 

-A sculpture of a deity that inspires you

Buddha sculpture
Buddha sculpture for a home yoga altar

-Book of favorite quotes

-Handwritten note, quote or inspiration word for the day

Small vases for a flower
Handmade bud vases

-Element of nature such as a fresh flower in a small vase, shell, crystal or fruit

-A card or postcard that has personal meaning

Gratitude journal
Journal for meditation and contemplation notes

-Small journal for your personal observations and notes

-A singing bowl for use in meditation

Singing bowl
Singing bowl for a yoga and meditation space

Other useful items for your space are a meditation cushion or bench and a shawl or scarf that you may like to drape over your shoulders while meditating.  Using the same shawl is said to absorb the positive energy from your meditations over time.

Meditation wrap for your yoga practice
Paisley meditation shawl

A home altar is a very personal space curated by you with items that you love and that hold meaning for you.  Create a home altar to enrich your practice whether it is a single flower in a simple vase or an elaborate arrangement of sculptures and images.

What items will you choose?

 

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