Thoughtful Ways to Inspire Mindfulness At Home
By Sally Writes
Going on a yoga retreat for the weekend is a great way to enhance our sense of inner peace and harmony in mind, body, and spirit. In the open air, taking in the wonderful sights and sounds of nature, a yoga retreat is different than a vacation in its awakening of the soul and generation of short and long-term health benefits. But what happens when you return home after the retreat?
Fortunately, there are ways to bring all that you learned and gained on a retreat home with you—and implement the teachings of the experience into your daily routine. By designing a space in your home that is meant for yoga, meditation, and self-reflection, you can continue to practice mindful living. This way, you can have a designated space at home for continuing to seek inner harmony and experience simple joys.
Start with Your Color Palette
No matter how you plan to use the space, you should begin by focusing on the color choice for the walls and décor. According to studies in color psychology, our minds universally associate blue with calming things, like the sky and the sea. Blue also conveys clarity of purpose and sense of stability, which are two aspects that are essential to practicing mindfulness.
Using blue throughout the space will allow you to instantly calm down, and it is wise to try and incorporate the color in a way that matches the rest of the decor in the space to eliminate distractions and disorder. Other peaceful colors that go well with blue include white, beige, gray, and light pink. With a combination of this soothing color palette, you will be in a good frame of mind to do yoga or meditate.
Include Elements That Help You Relax
After you have incorporated calming colors, you should consider adding certain features that are known to inspire mindfulness. Scents have a powerful effect on our mood, making it crucial to bring in things like room sprays or essential oil diffusers. Including hand-crafted natural soy candles is also a great way to make the space smell and feel inspirational—and warm.
You may also consider adding several plants to the space if you have adequate lighting. Plants are important to a space feeling restorative and alive, and they can help you to feel in touch with nature even while you are indoors. Other natural elements, like wooden decorations, stones, or crystals, can also give you the feeling that you are at peace with nature and help you to unwind more mindfully.
By combining a quieting color palette and elements that inspire relaxation, you can continue to practice yoga or meditation at home in a way that speaks to the experiences you had on a mindfulness retreat.