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Sacred Space for Meditation and Yoga

25 Jan 2016   Shanti Gowans
A sacred space is an area of your home specifically set aside for meditation, doing yoga, or just for relaxing in general. Though the term technically has no religious undertones associated with it, we as humans are spiritual beings at heart and are constantly searching for meaning, direction and purpose. And by allotting a section of your home for such a space, you are creating a safe refuge where you can comfortably reflect on life.

Your Spce should exude Calmness

The reason we meditate is that we want to attain a certain state of calmness and balance. And since sacred spaces are specifically designed for this reason, yours must also exude a sense of calmness the moment you step inside it.

When decorating, try to keep it free of any distractions and clutter. This means do not accumulate unnecessary things that are not integral to your meditation or yoga practice.

And though we all have different tastes and preferences, it would be better if you kept the colour palette of the space as neutral as possible.

  • The space should be large enough to accommodate a cushion when you meditate.
  • The temperature of area needs to be just right.
  • The surface flat and large enough to accommodate a yoga mat.
  • Have no features which could distract your yoga or meditation session
  • Hhave enough space for you to put items in it that can help you relax.

Your Space should have a Focal Point

The purpose of having a focal point is for you (or anyone sho shares the spade) to have a single point to focus on when meditating or relaxing.

Most people have an altar as their focus point, though it doesn’t necessarily have to be religious in nature. Your altar can be anything that has a spiritual significance to you. It could be a picture of your family and loved ones, a piece of art, or basically anything that offers you comfort.

You can also add:

  • Flowers
  • Bells, chimes or candles
  • Incense
  • Runes and crystals

Soothing Music

Remember, your sacred space is not just for meditation or yoga alone but also serves as your personal 'chillout' room. And no chillout room is complete without chillout music. As we all like different kinds of music, so have an eclectic collection. However, just make sure that whatever you play is geared towards relaxation rather than mere entertainment, as there is a huge difference between the two.

I hope that this article has inspired you to start creating your own sacred space. And if it has, feel free to drop into your sacred space, and honour it with your sacredness. 

Going Within

If, like me, you are an introvert by nature, as much as you enjoy and are grateful for your life, you will find yourself craving your own space.

You need to go inward.

At the end of the day, finding space isn’t always about physical space. Finding space can include the moments between your breath and your thoughts...something I teaches in all my yoga classes.

The space between.

In your daily meditation practice, just listen to your breath, one breath at a time, and you will find yourself more space, more room for yourself and for those around you.

If you haven’t visited this space within you, I suggest you try it today. Just close your eyes and listen to your breath. See where it takes you!


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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography

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