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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Bullet Journal Page for your Yoga Practice

 

If you haven’t ventured in to the world of the bullet journal, or BuJo as it’s also known, then it is well worth a little Pinterest investigation.  It was created by digital designer Ryder Carroll as an ‘evolving, adaptable practice meant to be self curated as you determine what works best for you’.  Essentially, a creative, personal life planning & organization tool tailored to your own personal needs.

Bullet Journaling for Yogis

As a yoga teacher and student, a bullet journal functions as one dedicated location for time planning, class notes, to do’s, book lists, self care and yoga practice tracking. (for a great article about self care and bullet journaling take a look here!)    The beauty of BuJo as a system is that it is totally personal to you!

Yoga practice tracker for bullet journal
A simple yoga tracker

Here is a simple yoga practice tracker to log asana practice and meditation.  A simple grid that is easy to complete and helping to  make you accountable and build up a routine to reinforce  your yoga and meditation habit.

a bullet journal functions as one dedicated location for time planning, class notes, to do’s, book lists, self care and yoga practice tracking

Yoga tracker for bullet journal
Yoga tracker using a simple color coding system

Get Creative with your Bullet Journal Practice Tracker

There are lots of great notebooks and pens available that work really well for bullet journaling purposes but, for me, the best notebook I’ve found is one of your BuJo fan’s favorites, a Leuchtturm, accompanied by fine liner felt pens by Staedtler.  The Leuchtturm works well as it lays flat when open and the pages are lightly dotted in a grid system making it easier to draw simple charts.  Staedtler fineline felt pens are a good felt pen match at a reasonable investment.

a creative, personal life planning & organization tool tailored to your own personal needs.

The beauty of a bullet journal is that you can embellish and decorate it exactly as you like it so get creative with your colors and copy or create your own headings and borders.  Just a doodle works well.  Here are a handful of simple examples for doodle inspiration!  If you are looking for a fun felt pen for more creative work try another bujo planner’s favorite, the  Tombow range of double ended markers that combine a sweeping stroke brush with a fineliner.

Bullet journal doodles for yoga tracker
Simple hand drawn doodles to personalize your yoga tracker

Enjoy getting creative as you track your progress and be sure to share your yoga trackers with us!

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Hand Made Gift Ideas for the Yogi in Your Life

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…is it a yoga block? (Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash)

The holidays are a sneaking up on us already and its time to get going with those gift lists  but what do you give that yoga loving loved one in your life?  How about a little inspiration with these handmade gifts for yoga lovers.

Here are a few ideas from Etsy, the ultimate handmade gift resource, for beautifully crafted gifts that would compliment any yogi’s practice.

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7 Reasons Why I’m Happy to be a Middle Aged Yogi….

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7 reasons I’m happy to be a middle aged yogi

As a middle aged yogi there are many yoga trends I’m happy to let pass me by.  Here is a list of 7 of them…


  • Any yoga class that has been heated to a temperature worthy of an industrial laundry.  My own body creates that heat spontaneously so why would I consider turning up the temperature…..on purpose?

Continue reading “7 Reasons Why I’m Happy to be a Middle Aged Yogi….”

How to Make Yoga Stick in Your 2017 Routine

New years resolutions

How you doing with those resolutions?  Still cutting out sugar?  On track to finish that book this month?  Stopped checking your email every time the phone pings?


Admittedly, we’re only a couple of weeks in so you’re probably still doing well on your New Year resolutions but how do you keep it consistent?  How do you really make a change to your routine that stays part of your routine going forward?

Research shows that it takes around 30 days to build a habit.  That is just one month.  Committing to a daily yoga practice whether it be in a class environment or home practice helps to reinforce the yoga habit which will hopefully stick around for life!

Here are a few tips for keeping your yoga going…

  • At first, try and commit to just one class a week.  If you can’t set a regular day/time examine the class schedule and figure out the handful of classes that may work so that you can mix and match each week.
  • If you’re lucky enough to find the teacher you love to practice with early on find out where else he or she teaches.  You may be able to combine locations to better suit your own schedule.
  • If budget allows consider private one on one classes.
  • Avoid the mindset of having to attend a full, extended 90minute session of yoga every single day creating unreasonable expectations on yourself.  Work on the idea of a manageable smaller, bite size daily practice to maintain your yoga habit.
  • If the studio, gym or location doesn’t give you that warm fuzzy feeling and you don’t feel inspired, try somewhere else.  A lot of the obstacles in attending class arise from the lack of connection you feel to the teachers and the teaching environment.  If it doesn’t speak to you, go elsewhere.
  • Once you’ve attended a few classes, make a mental note of some of the poses or part of a sequence.  Even if it is only two poses or a ten minute sequences down it forms the beginnings of a home practice.
  • Avoid the mindset of having to attend a full, extended 90minute session of yoga every single day creating unreasonable expectations.
  • Consider the idea of a more manageable, bite size daily practice to maintain your yoga habit.
  • If it is impossible to get to classes during the week consider signing up for weekend workshops that interest you.
  • If you have a yoga mat, lay it out somewhere at home.  When you are about to sit in front of the TV try stepping on to the mat instead.
  • Lastly, be mindful of other habits in your life that distract your time and attention.  Sometimes, to make space for new habits we need to lose some of the old ones.  I know, easier said than done but, for example, consider how much time you spend online.  You may just discover an extra 30 minutes in your day!

Keep your resolution alive by keeping your yoga practice growing.  As described in the classic yoga text The Yoga Sutras, ‘when it is harder not to practice than to practice then yoga becomes firmly grounded and an integral part of life’.

How have you managed to keep your yoga going?

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