Step aside, home gyms — meditation spaces are the latest well-being home decor trend. Whether you’re new to meditation or have a years-long practice, curating a room or corner in your home can keep you inspired to make meditation part of your daily routine. “Feel free to personalize your space. You might want to bring in a spiritual statue for inspiration like Buddha or Ganesh — the remover of obstacles, or wall art of a lotus or ohm. A symbol to help guide us into ourselves. Meditation spaces should be a reflection of the things that make you feel grounded, peaceful, present, and inspired”, says Rachael Grochowski, Principal Architect and Designer, RHG Architecture + Design. From staples like pillows, mats, and crystals to wellness-inspired home decor items, we put together a guide to everything you need to create a meditation space for your abode.
Every meditation space needs comfort, starting with a meditation pillow and mat (our favorite is the Halfmoon Linen Mod Sit Set). This allows you to be seated in a comfortable position and offers support to your legs and knees while sitting cross-legged, too. In addition to a meditation pillow and mat, it’s also nice to have a bolster pillow on hand in case you wish to lay down and elevate your back.
For added coziness, you can also incorporate a fabric yoga mat — such as this gorgeous chakra-inspired mat — which would give your pillow and mat situation a layered feel. And, of course, blankets are a must. If you lay down for meditation, a weighted blanket feels ultra-luxe. And, if you prefer to sit up straight, draping a yoga blanket over your legs can keep you warm while you sink into your mind-body connection. Some other fun ways to add some extra cushiness to your space include: Placing a sheepskin throw under your pillow (or under a full-length mirror if you have one in your space) or adding some additional floor pillows for cloud-like vibes.
If you want to bring your meditation space on-the-go, we love the Halfmoon Yoga Meditation Pillow, which is a compact meditation pillow perfect for travel. Add in your favorite essential oil roller, an eye mask, and some headphones and you’re good to go!
Purify the Air
In mediation, we often take deep, cleansing breaths and, sometimes, might add in a little breathwork. Because of that, it’s important to purify the air around you to get rid of common household toxins, such as formaldehyde, which is found in many household products, as well as allergens, such as dust.
To purify the air around your meditation space, we recommend adding in some greenery, such as a Snake Plant, which is known for its air-purifying capabilities. We also can’t pass on the trendy and oh-so-chic Fiddle Leaf Fig, which is also considered highly purifying.
If you want to up the ante, investing in an air purifier — such as the Dyson Purifier Humidity + Cool Formaldehyde — might also be a good idea. Air purifiers are excellent because they trap pollutants, allergens, and toxins, so you can breathe easily during and after meditation.
Clear the Energy
In addition to purifying the air, you might also want to clear the energy of your space and enhance the good vibrations during (and after) your meditation. One way to do so is by playing singing bowls. Singing bowls are beautiful bowl-shaped instruments that make a deep vibrational tone when played. They are often used in sound baths to promote deep relaxation, release stress and tension, and improve mood, and they can also be used to clear the energy of a room.
For your meditation space, you can try a small Tibetan singing bowl, which is made up of metal and requires a wooden mallet to create the sound. Or, you can invest in crystal singing bowls, which can be purchased separately or as a set.
Add in the Elements
Incorporating water, earth, fire, and wind elements is a great way to elevate any meditation space and invite those energies in. One way to do so is by creating a small altar — either on a side table or on top of a shelf — with elemental objects on display. Here are some objects that represent the elements:
- Water: For the water element, you can simply add some water to a small dish and place it on your altar. Or, you can incorporate a miniature water fountain for the water element (and some additional relaxing sounds).
- Earth: You can incorporate the Earth element in a couple of ways. Our favorite way to incorporate Earth energy into a meditation space is with healing crystals, such as rose quartz or tourmaline. You can also place a small plant or a jar of sand on your altar.
- Fire: The easiest (and safest) way to incorporate fire in your meditation space is with candles. We love Sunday Riley’s Come Upstairs, which was made with meditation in mind and has notes of honey, vanilla, and linden blossom.
- Air: The air element is often represented by objects such as feathers or incense. We love to incorporate this element with a glass incense holder and incense sticks.
Up the Ante With Aromatherapy
From essential oil rollers to diffusers, aromatherapy is an invigorating add-on to any meditation space, and, it’s full of great benefits outside of smelling divine. Aromatherapy is said to help relieve feelings of stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, and improve sleep quality.
Adding a little essential oil pharmacy — such as the Home Pharmacy from Saje — to a meditation space can ensure you always have a little aroma on hand. If you want to surround yourself with the invigorating scent of essential oils, a diffuser is another excellent addition to any meditation space.
Turn Up the Volume
Many prefer to meditate in silence but, if you’re new to meditation (or simply love to listen to music), listening to meditation music or chanting can help you relax the mind and sink deeper into a meditative state. With that in mind, every meditation space needs a speaker. We like the Google Nest Speaker because it’s compact, adapts the sound to your space (so it always sounds great), and you can easily connect to your music streaming platforms and play guided meditations. If you prefer not to play music on a speaker, some comfortable noise-canceling headphones are another great option for playing music. You can even add a chic headphone stand to your space so your music and guided meditations are always within reach.
The great thing about creating a meditation space is that you can customize the space to you (and the amount of space you have to work with). Whether you can designate an entire room or a small corner in your home to your practice, you can make it your own with cozy pillows, decor, and ambiance to create an inviting space for regular mind-body connection.
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