How to create a yoga sanctuary at home

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Image: Yin Yoga Mats / Pinterest, dailylife.com.au

We know life can be hectic. Sometimes, it’s the little things that get in the way of your  practice. Be it bad weather, the last minute appointment or even peak hour traffic, getting to and from the studio can be a feat in itself.

Your “me” time is essential, which is why we’ve rounded up a few things to create the ultimate yoga sanctuary at home. From yoga mats to bolsters, candles, and essential oils, we’re covering all the details for your very own oasis. No more excuses for not hitting your yoga mat and breaking out a few stretches!

Here’s what you’ll need for a yoga sanctuary at home:

Yoga Mat

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Your yoga mat should be all about you, what you like in terms of grip and texture, but also what looks good. After all, you’ll be staring at it for most of your downward dogs. That’s why we love these printed beach-style mats from YogaEverywhere. With images of the ocean and beaches of Sydney, you can’t go wrong with a little mental beachcombing while in savasana.

Shop Yoga Everywhere Manly Beach Mat

Accessories

Yoga block, yoga at home, poses, Gaiam

Blocks and straps are always handy to have with you for added support or to deepen a pose. A wheel can also be a fun addition to your yoga arsenal, like this cork one from Yoloha. It’s great for stretching the back and shoulders. 

Shop Gaiam Block & Strap Combo

Yoga Towel & Water Bottle

Glass Water Bottle, yoga

For when things get sweaty and you need to cool down from your HIIT flow, a towel and water bottle can go a long way. The Yogitoes towels are a quick-drying microfiber with a silicone grip system so you’re never left with a sweaty grip that’s holding on for dear life. And since we’re all about going plastic and waste free, why not refresh and cool down while sipping on a cool water bottle? We love these eco-friendly ones from Lifefactory

Shop Yogitoes ‘Chakra Turquoise’ Skidless Yoga Towel 
Shop Lifefactory 22oz Glass Water Bottle With Straw Cap and Silicone Sleeve

Restorative

Yoga bolster, yoga at home

For those relaxing yin sessions, a couple of pillows and a blanket will take your sanctuary  to the next level. Try a bolster for any stress-relieving poses, or for long periods of meditationIf you get chilly while in Savasana, a blanket might be a good call, or simply use it as extra support for your neck or lower back.   

Shop Stretch Now Printed Yoga Bolster Organic Cotton
Shop Organic Cotton Yoga Blanket with Grey Stripe

Music

Beoplay A1 Portable Speaker, yoga, music

Music is a very important addition to set the mood and create a relaxing atmosphere. Be it classical music or heart pumping hip hop, whatever gets you flowing, you’ll want to have the best sound available.

Shop Beoplay A1 Portable Speaker 
Shop Bose Soundlink Colour Bluetooth Speaker

Candles & Plants

Ecoya candle, yoga

Nothing sets the mood like a few heavenly scented candles. Ecoya has a broad range of relaxing scents for a perfect zen corner. Add in a couple of potted indoor plants (plastic or otherwise!) and you’ll never need a yoga studio again!

Shop Ecoya Lotus Flower Madison Jar

Soothe the senses

Aveda chakra, yoga, balancing mist

To take your yoga sanctuary from zen corner to total relaxation room, tantalize your senses with these delicate body mists and aromatherapy oils. Set a few drops in a diffuser or on your wrist for a balancing and calming effect on the nervous system.

Balancing Body Mist

Shop Aveda Chakra 2 Balancing Body Mist

Aromatherapy 

Shop Perfect Potion Happy & Calm Blend 

Oil Diffuser

Shop Bodha Ritual Oil Diffuser

Muscle Recovery

Natio, sports recovery oil, yoga

Soothe sore muscles with a few drops of this all-natural Natio massage oil. Deeply moisturizing, this essential oil blend with high-quality sesame oil will relieve muscle tension, ideal for nighttime pampering.

Shop Natio Sports & Muscle Recovery Massage Oil
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Andrea is a qualified yoga instructor and writer. With an international background, she grew up on a small island in the Caribbean and speaks both fluent French and English. She now enjoys an active life on the northern beaches of Sydney, as an avid enthusiast of all things surf, yoga, travel and photography. Writing is her favourite way to channel her positive energy and hopes to inspire people towards a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle. Andrea graduated from Paris Business School and Australian Catholic university with a Bachelor of Business, and is currently pursuing her post-grad in Journalism at UTS.