Spring is upon us, AMEN! I love when the world comes alive, turning from brown to green almost overnight. The scent of flowers in bloom wafting in the breeze and the sounds of birds chirping draw me to my outdoor space and after months of hibernating all I want to do is BE outside.
My yoga practice moves outside with me during these months. Flowing outside helps me to connect to nature and nourishes my soul like nothing else. I have had a decent sized deck space for a couple of years that I have used as a yoga space.
We are in the process of extending the space out so that I can host yoga events on the deck which really had me thinking: what makes the perfect outdoor yoga space? After looking around Pinterest, I started to notice that the spaces I gravited towards all had a few things in common:
- Plants! I wanted a tropical yoga retreat vibe in my space, so I have incorporated lots of plants that are tropical or look tropical that will do well and be in my zone (8a) and be able to survive the brutal Texas summers. Some of the plants I am growing to create the tropical vibe include elephant ears, banana plants, hostas, caladiums, cannas, ferns, trumpet vines, and a mimosa tree or two. My yoga deck is on the North side of my house and has two huge cypress trees, so I have selected plants that tolerate shade. Be sure to consider the hours of sunlight your space gets when selecting plants.
2. Wooden Decking or Hardscaping. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really love practing in the grass, at least not the kind of grass we have. It is much nicer to have a somewhat flat and level surface to practice on. We have a wooden deck that floats over the cypress “toes”, but a concrete of paver patio is great too!
3. Lighting: Think about whether or not you intend to use your space at night or before sunrise. Ideally we would all be able to have professionally installed landscape lighting, but that isn’t always possible so here is an easy DIY. Solar light technology has come a long way recently so that is another option to consider. Cafe string lights are a great and inexpensive too, but make sure not to hang them low enought to interfere with your yoga practice. Dont ask me how I know… Oh, and candles are of course another option and make the mood so much better!!
4. A Hammock or swinging chair. There is no better place to “hang” after savasana!
5. YOGA STUFF! Obviously and perhaps this should be number one. Here is a quick checklist of things that I keep on hand in any yoga space:
- Yoga Mat
- Small Table or bench
- Potted plants (to hold the incense)
- Yoga Blankets
- A pouf or floor pillow to sit on to meditate and journal
Whether you have a small apartment balcony or a huge outdoor space, I hope that you feel inspired to get outside this spring to connect with nature and maybe even take one of my online classes on THRVLY while you are there!