My favourite space to practice yoga at home has always been the living room. The light provided by the 2 bay windows, the welcoming hardwood floors, the open area, are all features I love about this space. When Samuel was just a baby he napped in the living room and I would roll my yoga mat next to him for a short but sweet practice.
Then the baby grew and so did the toddler related items in the living room. Also, every time I tried to practice Samuel would crawl between my arms and legs, and shavasana equaled nursing time. Sweet and hilarious but it comes a point into this motherhood journey when you crave time for yourself and your practice. That is when I decided to create a Zen Room or like Samuel calls it The Yoga Room. It used to be my craft space but with time became the spot where all the clutter came to die. In the past few months I have made strides to transform this tiny room with lime green walls in an inviting and peaceful place.
Furniture was given away, craft items were organized, various documents lying around the house were gathered in a small filing cabinet, recycling and garbage bags were filled. Then it was time to surround myself with inspiring pieces: beeswax candles, vision board, prints of gardening, music, food and happiness, and a few yoga props (bolster, blocks, blanket, towel, strap, pillows, and eye pillow). What made the space come alive was the stunning artwork by my friend Stephanie Hawco Trevorrow. Daily I go to the room just to look at this painting of an enlightened being (or at least that is how I interpret it).
It is tiny and partially still a craft room but it is my refuge. I feel joy each time I enter the room and absolutely adore when Samuel asks to go there to do downward dogs, ragdolls, and lion’s breath with mommy.
I would love to hear from you if you practice yoga at home and have a toddler. Where do you practice? How do you combine the importance of “alone” yoga-time with the interest of also cultivating the practice in your child?