Everything You Need To Create The Perfect At Home Yoga Studio

Everything You Need To Create The Perfect At Home Yoga Studio

Yoga, the ultimate strengthening and relaxing tool. I’ve spoken a little about yoga recently, but I really want to take that a step further. Over the years I’ve tried many many many techniques for easing my depression, and nothing has worked better than yoga.

Not only has yoga done wonders for my depression and anxiety, but it keeps my body happy and healthy too. I practice yoga every day for my mental health, and I hope it helps you as well.

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Today I’m going to share with you how to make a beautiful yoga studio at home. I’ll give you the essentials so you can have everything you need right in the comfort of your own home my friends!

At Home Yoga Studio Essentials

Find the space first, and start practicing!

Most people say that if you have space for your yoga mat, you have space for practice. I think that’s partly true. What you really need is about twice that much space.

I recommend laying down your yoga mat, laying down on your back, and spreading your arms out wide. If your arms and hands don’t touch anything but the floor then you’re good to go!

Now, Preferably, find a floor in your home that isn’t carpeted. Hardwood, vinyl or whatever. This will be best for balancing postures. If you can’t then no biggy.

Now you need your materials! Here’s a list!

  • Yoga Mat
  • Block
  • Strap
  • Traditional Mexican Blanket
  • Yoga Towel

Barefoot Yoga has all your yoga essentials. What I really love about this company is their eco-friendly line of yoga mats! Check them out below!

“The Original Eco Yoga Mat is simply one of the best and most earth-conscious yoga mats available today. The Original Eco Mat is composed exclusively of all-natural rubber* and jute fiber. There are no chemical additives used. It is excellent for any consistent practice of Yoga. Its rubber underside grips the floor while the jute fabric/rubber mix on top offers superb traction – even in a heavy sweat. It is a highly durable, tactile, and pleasantly natural surface to practice on — and might remind you of walking barefoot on the earth.”

-Barefoot Yoga

Shop the link below to check out their eco-friendly yoga mats!

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Are you ready to make your perfect at home yoga studio?!

 

Everything You Need To Create The Perfect Meditation Space

Everything You Need To Create The Perfect Meditation Space 

So lately I’ve really been into meditation. When I was in the midst of my Bachelor’s degree, I learned a lot about the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of meditation.

I now practice mediation every day and I’ll never go back to the days without it! My preferred times for meditation is right in the morning, after my at home yoga session, and before I go to bed.

Unfortunately I don’t have the space for a legitimate meditation space right now, but I make things work. Right now, my meditation space is in the center of my bedroom after I move the dog bed and toys! You gotta work with what you got you know?

My plan for my new house is having a little corner in the house on hardwood floor with my blanket, cushion and beautiful accessories!

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Today I’m going to share with you how to make the perfect meditation environment so you can really get the most out it. If you’re serious about meditation, all these tips and tricks will really be worth your while.

Take what you need, tweak what you need and get yourself some essentials for your meditation space! I know you’ll be really excited about these, because I am!!!

Related: Meditation For Mental Health

Create a peaceful environment

First you’ll need to find a small space in your home (or outside) that is free of clutter, noise and distraction.

For me, this means move the dog beds, clear the dog toys and put the dogs outside my room. They really love to climb all over me when I’m the floor. I love it and it makes me laugh but it’s distracting of course.

Sorry dogs!

Engage your senses

Sight, Smell, Touch, Sound, Taste. Check ’em off the list!

Sight

Start with some ambient lighting such as some candles or low light strings of lights. Then add some zen art, statues, healing stones and/or plants!

Smell 

Fire up some incense, but if you hate incense (or someone else in the house does), light up some candles or an essential oil diffuser.

My personal favorite would of course be the essential oil diffuser.

Find out my favorite oils here: Essential Oils For Mental Health

Touch

Traditionally, mala beads are used for meditation. Beads are used to aid in counting or chanting during meditation, and they really make a difference.

Sound

Sound is really crucial unless you live in an area with none. Haha! You can go in any direction with this one. You can start up a zen playlist on your phone or computer, you can get yourself a little indoor waterfall piece, or a singing bowl.

What the heck is that you say?

“Singing bowls have been used for centuries to enhance meditation practices. The relaxing harmonics are created by tapping the side of the bowl and then rubbing an instrument, or striker, along the bowl’s rim to produce humming vibrations which quickly fill the room.” -BuddhaGroove.com

Taste

Oh baby, brew yourself some tea. Do you like green, oolong, black, rooibos, herbal, chai? Anything will do!

Pick your favorite, brew it, inhale the aroma and sip away!

Now if you’re ready to up your meditation game, or need an excuse to start, collect some or all of the items listed below! I’ve made a list of meditation essentials to really give you the best experience.

Once you’ve set up your space, bought your essentials, you’ll never want to go a day without meditating!

Meditation Essentials

Temple Zafu Meditation Cushion in Brocade

To make meditating more comfortable on a hard floors, use a cushion like this one! Isn’t this cream color BEAUTIFUL?

Premium Mala Beads, Beautiful Knotted Green Jade with Silver Beads 

These beads will fulfill your “touch” sense for the perfect mediation experience.


Stacked Stone Garden Cairns Statue

Whether you’re spiritual or not, this is a beautiful and neutral visual aid.

 


Pure Essential Oil Trio, Made In The USA

rareESSENCE Aromatherapy 100% Pure Essential Oils for energy and relaxation.


 

Meditation Singing Bowl with Embossed Buddhas, 4.25 Inches 

To create a beautiful zen sound, try a meditation singing bowl!


 

There you have it!

A few examples of what will take your meditation experience up a notch.

Did any of these pieces speak to you? (The cushion is my favorite 🙂 )

Meditation For Mental Health

Meditation For Mental Health

What is meditation exactly?

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind that encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, calm, and understanding of the true nature of your world.

By engaging in meditation practice you learn the flow and habits of your mind. This practice offers new and more positive ways of being and thinking. With regular practice and patience, you can fully nourish the mind and gain peace and serenity.

Why?

Coming in many different variations, meditation has been used as a tool to master the mind and cope with stress. There’s no denying it. Studies have shown time and time again that meditation reduces depression and anxiety. Most notably, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD and ADHD.

Meditation benefits people who have mental health conditions, as well as those who don’t! This practice even takes the place of medication for some. That’s pretty impressive! This can be really important for some, but as an alternative or addition, meditation is a fantastic treatment!

Meditation is especially beneficial for reducing stress and managing anxiety. You will gain a patient and peaceful mind that leads to a new understanding of life, and improved mental health.

I meditate everyday, and I highly recommend it. It refreshes the mind, calms the nerves, relaxes my body, and eases my depression. A nourished mind is a happy mind. Take this step towards mental health and start meditating.

When?

You should start your day by meditating. Right when you wake up, cozy up into your meditation space and start breathing mindfully!

Then I recommend working meditation into your night time routine. As you’re getting ready for bed, take some time as you’re winding down to meditate.

How?

  • Carve out uninterrupted time in the morning and at night.

 

  • Start small. Try 5-10 minutes at a time and increase as you improve.

 

  • Practice, practice, practice! Every day if you can.

 

  • Explore different types: DIY at home, mindfulness app, meditative yoga class, or mindfulness while doing what you love. For example; meditate while gardening, walking, or whatever lets you focus, breathe and be present.

 

  • Create a calming space for at home tranquility. Situate yourself into a quiet space, add a blanket, a cushion, some delicious smelly smells, and some ambient lighting!

Now you’re good to go! I’ll have some more in depth posts coming up soon!

What’s your meditation routine?

Essential Oils For Mental Health

Essential Oils For Mental Health

Essential oils influence and heal your mind through your olfactory system (sense of smell). So, if you are struggling with depression, anxiety or stress, here are the 10 best essential oils for mental health.

I myself, use essential oils everyday. The easiest way to use them (for me) is to use them in my essential oil diffuser. I pour water to the fill line, drop in the scent I’m needing at the time and turn it on.

My personal favorites include: Jasmine, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Lemongrass. I also make my own delicious concoctions for stress, productivity, anxiety and depression. More on that later!

10 Essential Oils For Mental Health

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is most commonly known as a stress reliever. Its fresh and floral aroma is relaxing and calming. Lavender essential oil is perfect for improving mental concentration, reducing stress, calming agitation, and aids in sleep.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is refreshing and energizing. This strong uplifting aroma will alleviate stress, boost energy and lift mental fatigue.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood oil has a beautiful woody aroma. It has amazing therapeutic effects in regards to balancing emotions.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang helps decrease feelings of agitation and anger-induced stress.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage is known as a natural antidepressant. It’s pleasant aroma helps ease anxiety, and uplifts your mood while calming the mind.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Derived from the jasmine flower, jasmine oil’s delicious floral aroma has many mental well being benefits. Jasmine has been used for centuries to aid anxiety, insomnia, low libido and depression.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is sourced from a native tree in Somalia, and commonly associated with spirituality and the increase of intuition.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

The aromatic, calming scent of lemongrass will quickly relieve anxiety, agitation, and help ease insomnia.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint an excellent ingredient in toothpaste and other hygiene products, it can also be used for your mental health. Particularly, peppermint oil is used to energize, increase alertness, and helps concentration.

It also has a pleasant cooling effect (due to the menthol it contains) when spread onto the skin.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree oil is commonly known for its anti-dandruff and acne fighting properties, but it does much more than that! This yummy smelling oil is also energizing and an amazing stress reliever.

6 Ways To Use Essential Oils:

  1. Inhale: Add 1-2 drops into the palm of your hand, gently circle with your fingertips and take a deep breath.
  2. Apply to skin: Rub 1-2 drops of oil into your temples, wrists or pressure points for full body relaxation.
  3. Add to skin care routine: Add essential oils to carrier oils or lotion for DIY skin care!
  4. Shower or bath: Create your own steam room or essential oil bath by adding a couple of drops in your shower or bath water.
  5. Diffuse: To get long-lasting aroma throughout your special space, use a diffuser.
  6. Air Freshener: Combine oils and distilled water in a fine mist spray bottle, shake and spray!

Things To Consider

Essential oils are powerful. Some people may develop an allergic reaction to any oil. Before you dive head first into them, do a small skin patch test on your arm or leg.

If you’re pregnant, nursing or using any kind of medication please check with your doctor before using essential oils. As a general rule of thumb, ask your doctor before changing or modifying the doctor’s orders. This includes essential oils, crash diets, or anything else. Take care of yourself people!

 

Anything strike your fancy?

Have you used essential oils before?

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Natural Remedies For Mental Health

Natural Remedies For Mental Health

If you’re looking for a natural remedy to promote a healthy mind, you might want to give these practices a try. Natural remedies have been used to treat depression and anxiety for hundreds of years all over the world.

In conjunction with conventional medicine, these natural remedies may be exactly what you need!

Natural Remedies for your Mental Health

Conventional vs Alternative vs Integrative

Conventional medicine is a system in which health care professionals treat symptoms and diseases utilizing drugs, radiation, or surgery.

Alternative medicine is any range of medical therapies that are not recognized by modern medicine, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture.

Integrative medicine is a combination of both! This is the method I’ve always used, and I’ve always found to be the most efficient.

Now, lets talk about what you came here for! 🙂

Natural Remedies For Mental Health

Or what I like to call, “at home natural therapy”. These natural home remedies can help start you on your path to finding your inner peace and tranquility.

Aromatherapy

Also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, aromatherapy uses plant materials, and aromatic oils to improve psychological and physical wellness. Aromatherapy often used in conjunction with other therapies for mental health.

Herbs

Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to treat depression and anxiety. Some popular herbs used are mulungu bark (sleep aid), bacopa (improves cognitive function), mucuna pruriens (contains L. Dopa), passionflower (sleep aid), kava (stress reducer), and saffron (balances mood).

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are crucial for optimum mental health. A healthy brain is a healthy mind. The most common nutritional deficiencies seen in patients with mental disorders are omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals and amino acids. People usually take supplements to satisfy these needs.

Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is an interesting way to say “Get out of your house and soak up some nature!” With this natural remedy for mental health, all you need to do is find some uninterrupted time in the green.

Forest bathe by walking through a park, going hiking, or spending some time getting covered in dirt in your garden. Get out and get yourself some green my loves! It’s good for your mental health.

Meditation

Meditation is an age old practice that has aided in improving mental health. Mediation may improve depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD.

I meditate everyday, and I highly recommend it. It refreshes my mind, calms my nerves, relaxes my body, and eases my depression.

Yoga

Not only is yoga amazing for your body, but it does fantastic things for your mental health and mind as well. Yoga has major mental health and wellness benefits.

This natural remedy raises your sense of body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms the nervous system. Therefore…

“Yoga is a psychology — the whole practice helps us work with the nature of the mind, the nature of being a human, how emotions live in our bodies, how they affect our behavior and our minds,” says Turner (a licensed psychotherapist and yoga teacher), who reveals that yoga helped her recognize and cope with her own low self-esteem.” – Yoga Journal

Have any of these natural remedies inspired you?

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