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Before and after yoga space – creating a dedicated yoga space.

A personal practice has always been my greatest struggle since I first decided to become a yoga teacher. The temptation to hit the snooze button, the distractions of other tasks, general busy-ness of life gets in the way. But I have found that it really helps to have a dedicated yoga space. I’ve found that if a yoga mat lives in a cupboard and sofas have to be moved, I’m less inclined to jump on my mat because I have to factor in setting up into my timing when I only have 10 minutes anyway. And 10 minutes of home yoga is the best way to start a regular personal practise. That’s not to say you need a big house with a studio space, but even just a visible corner dedicated to your rolled up mat that you can unroll on top of you living room rug for a quick 10 minutes will make all the difference. That’s how I did it for years, and I soon found 10 minutes turns to 20 minutes, and eventually stretches to 45 when time is available. I now live in a cosy 2 bed terrace house in the town of Lewes, and managed to squeeze my work area under the stairs in order to make a permanent spot for my yoga mat on our mezzanine floor. It’s worked a treat and my mat always being in sight tempts me over for a few stretches even when I’m dashing around.

Here are my before and after photos, I realise I’m lucky to have this space to dedicate to my mat, but I hope to inspire you to find a corner, or a beautiful basket where your mat can visibly call you to practice…




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