Skip the mirror.
Like many yoga businesses, home practitioners often fill a wall with a large mirror. However, mirrors are not necessary, and neither Lux nor DePriest like to use mirrors.
“If a person wants to use the space for meditation and peace, mirrors may take the yogi out of their mind and back into their body,” Lux said. “Practicing without mirrors makes people feel the poses more than judge alignments.”
“I hate practicing with mirrors. Some folks love it. This is a totally individual decision,” DePriest said. “I suppose if you want one, ideally you’d want it big enough to see yourself standing up, arms and legs outstretched. Like da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man.’ But I find mirrors distracting.”
Lighting for your home yoga studio:
Dimmable lighting and shades are important for a home yoga studio. Lux recommends adjusting the lighting for mood, style of practice and time of day. “Traditionally, the lights are dimmed throughout the practice, and savasana, or the final pose, occurs in the dark,” she said.
Controlling the temperature:
“Heat helps to open the body but it depends on which type of yoga you are practicing,” Lux said. “I keep my Vinyasa classes at 85 degrees, and the room gets warmer throughout the practice.”
DePriest said “I like to generate my own heat,” and said she keeps her space at standard room temperature.
Solid wall space is key.
Finally, DePriest added one structural warning about a home yoga space. “If you like to do inversions, (you need) a good wall that is sturdy enough to withstand kick ups as you learn handstand. I put my heel through the drywall early in my yoga life,” she said. “The wall is a very useful prop, so it’s good to have one free of furniture or wall hangings.”
If you can’t create a home yoga space, fear not.
To be sure, not everyone even wants a home yoga studio. Our third yoga teacher said she doesn’t really practice her yoga at home because of one major drawback. “I love the energy of practicing with a group of people at a studio,” said certified CorePower Yoga instructor Dana Alshouse.