- A well-maintained grass lawn is a naturally woven mat that connects you straight to the earth below.
- The art of Zen is all about (re)connecting with nature, so you should try to recreate as many natural sounds as possible.
- Many people like to place a sweatshirt over their eyes to be able to concentrate better.
Yoga had become so popular that’s nearly impossible to find a spot in the local gym or fitness studio. “For the better,” some would say, as yoga is meant to be practiced outside; in nature. In fact, if you own a spacious backyard, then you can landscape it in such a way you create a true Zen garden, i.e. a sanctuary of serenity.
Naturally woven mat
You need a yoga mat when exercising indoors in a yoga studio because the floors are always dirty, no matter how much they clean them. However, out in the open, there is no need for a mat; only a verdant lawn.
A well-maintained grass lawn is a naturally woven mat that connects you straight to the earth below. In a spiritual sense, the lawn on your property is an oversized power “socket,” that allows you to plug into life energies. Finally, you can walk barefoot on the lawn, as it’s soft to touch and it tickles your soles.
Hang some wind chimes
The art of Zen is all about (re)connecting with nature, so you should try to recreate as many natural sounds as possible. Instead of playing music from a speaker, opt for chines that will be “activated” by the wind. Nature itself will then provide the ideal soundtrack for your yoga classes.
These chimes can be made either from metal (ready-made ones) or wood (you can carve them yourself). If you do a good job, then the chimes can be used for afternoon naps as well or a concerto during a storm with gale-force winds.
Creating some shade
Yoga is practiced outside when the weather is fine but in summer, the strong sunlight can prove a bit too much. In such instances, you need to have a deep shade to do yoga without sweating too much. Taping into Sun’s energy is one thing but you don’t want to bathe in your own sweat.
As an alternative, you can do yoga before 10 AM or after 6 PM, when the sunlight is less intensive. For yoga-lovers who simply adorn working out at noon, we suggest planting tall trees with lush canopies. You can also have artificial protection from the Sun in the form of gazebos and opening roofs.
A roof that opens
Apart from planting trees or erecting a gazebo, you can add an opening roof to the patio area. Such a roof is ideal for yoga classes as it allows you to soak up the sun when the weather is fine and close the roof when it’s raining outside or the sun is too intensive.
Modern opening roof systems come in all shapes and sizes, as they can be modeled to fit your home precisely. Not only do opening roofs look cool and totally fit in the whole Zen vibe, but they are made from durable materials and will last decades.
Looking for a view
Let’s face it, the view from the yoga studio played a major role in selecting that particular business. There is nothing wrong with this, as the view is important for achieving the Zen state of mind. The outdoor setting allows you to use the full potential of nature, so set up your yoga studio under the clear blue sky in the section of your property that comes with a view.
Even looking onto your neighbor’s verdant lawn is better than staring at the grayness of an apartment complex!
No dogs allowed
During the final resting pose of your yoga session, the Savasana, you need to relax fully and close your eyes. In fact, many people like to place a sweatshirt over their eyes to be able to concentrate better. As you tune out of this world, the chances are you can step into or lie on animal excrement, which will ruin the Zen completely!
For this reason, use the fact you are exercising inside your own garden to make it animal-proof, so you don’t have to clean the lawn every other day. Like in public parks, your pet should have its own, fenced-off section of the garden to play in.
The calming sound of water
If you are familiar with the Zen school of Mahayana Buddhism, then you are aware of the importance of running water. Its sound is proven to calm people down, so installing a small ready-made fountain is a real must. You can get the best of both worlds by building a birdbath to attract the twitter of local bird species.
Finding serenity in your backyard through yoga classes is a benefit not many homeowners get. Instead of paying high fees to the local yoga studio, you can invite the gang over for group sessions inside your very own Zen garden.