After practicing yoga for a while, it becomes apparent that you have the most popular poses and sequences that feel great, and then you return to them repeatedly. While it’s OK to continue selecting your favorite poses, doing the same postures each time may become tedious and repetitive and could put you in a slump: the much-feared yoga burnout. If you’re an instructor or have the luxury of an at-home yoga practice trying to minimize or avoid the risk of burning out is vital. I’ve found that the best way to keep my spirit up and keep me motivated to continue practicing yoga is to inspire myself through visuals. Your practice space should be filled with spiritual and artistic elements that will inspire you, such as altars and intention cards, artful yoga mats, rugs, crystals, mala beads, and yantras.
If you plan to decorate your space with elements of art, Choose colors and materials that reflect the mood you’re trying to convey in your work. Please do not feel that you have to do it all at once. You can build pieces according to your style, taking note that, as you, your space is still a work in progress.
Make a meditation and yoga altar
Temples and shrines utilize altars, statues as well as other artworks to create emotions of awe and reverence. Creating a similar feeling in your home space or yoga studio is possible by making a tabletop altar. Creating and keeping an altar is a type of bhakti practice and is relaxing and meditative. After your yoga altar has been put up, it could be the focal point of your prayers, expressing gratitude and setting your intentions, and an image of your daily practice’s objectives.
Display and choose intention cards
Utilizing intention cards is an easy and effective way to define the objectives and goals of your practice. Choose one or more intention cards before your practice by placing these on the altar on a table nearby, windowsill, or on the highest point of the yoga mat, which can keep you on track with your ultimate objectives. There are a variety of stunning yoga card decks available for purchase, or if you’ve got creative flair, you can try making your own!
Create or modify an artistic yoga mat
Incorporating inspirational visuals and adding visual elements into the yoga mat or practice rug is a great way to energize your yoga routine. If you’re struggling to find inspiration during your yoga practice, think about buying a yoga mat with images printed on it the next time you’re looking for a new one. If you’re creative, an easier alternative is to modify the mat you already have by adding an inspirational quote or artwork, like a mandala, using fabric markers or acrylic paint.
Use mala beads
Wearing and utilizing an assortment of mala beads is an excellent way to remember the goals, intentions, and advantages of your meditation and yoga practices throughout the day. Set your beads on your mat as you perform asana to remind you of your intention or to count them to concentrate your attention while you meditate. The energy properties of the materials of the beads, including seeds, wood, or gemstones, could be a source of positive energy for the surroundings.
Create crystal grids
A crystal grid combines the beauty and power of gemstones and crystals and the geometrical spiritual power. Because crystals and gems are believed to emit certain energy healing and spiritual vibrations, making an orderly arrangement of crystals is more effective than only one stone or crystal. Placing a crystal grid on the very top of your mat on your altar or close to a flat, smooth surface can be a wonderful practice for focusing your thoughts and bringing your intention into focus. You could also design an ethereal grid of crystals that covers your yoga mat making the crystals easy to put on your body in Shavasana.
Display a yantra
The Yantra can be described as the yoga version that represents that of the Buddhist Mandala. Yantra is a term that means machine. It comprises geometric patterns of squares, triangles, lotus petals, and circles representing a particular mantra or god. Yantras create a focal point for meditation, so you can place the yantras in your yoga space to create an energizing Drishti (focal place) for your yoga practice.
Alongside the spiritual remembrances and symbolic significance of crystals, altars, yantras, and so on, Sometimes changing the environment could spark your interest in the practice. The beauty of something you see could be just the trigger you’re looking for to discover the beauty in you.