my home studio

Some days, I just don't make it to the studio. Sometimes I just want to stay in for the evening.

When I practice at home, I have a pretty sweet space in our spare bedroom.

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We have this little gnome. It was one of the things Nathan brought to our marriage. I have no idea where it came from or how long he has had it. Don't look too easy, or you'll see that there is some holly there and he is technically a Christmas decoration. But this little gnome makes me incredibly happy. And I quite enjoy having him watch over me.Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 7.45.41 PM I do have a few props. I bought the blanket locally at Centered. I have a strap that came with a Lululemon bag. And a few blocks - 2 from Gaiam and an unblock from Manduka Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 7.45.50 PMThis stool used to be Scully Cat's perch. (Man, I miss that cat.) I now use it to prop up my iPad, along with my sewing caddy.

 

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I have a few different mats. This is the one I typically use for home. I was a Christmas gift from Erin several years ago. It stays rolled out. I have started to step into the room and stand on it when I brush my teeth. It just helps ground me and helps me transition in and out of bedtime.Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 7.46.15 PMThis is my studio mat. It is a Manduka PROLite (that I found at a sporting goods store for less than half price). We have a love/hate relationship. It is firm yet soft. It gives me the support I need between myself and the floor while still feeling connected to it. I love how it feels under my feet in standing poses and under my knees and back. The problem? I've been practicing on it pretty-close-to daily since early June and it is still slippery under my hands. I am uncomfortable in downward dog. I feel like my toes grip okay, but my hands just don't feel stable. Until lately, I have been taking a hot yoga towel and covering my mat during flow classes. Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 7.46.53 PMI ordered this eKO SuperLite travel mat from Manduka. (Discontinued color - I ordered the green from amazon.) It is a perfect cover. I ordered it primarily so I would have a thin mat when I fly this fall. But as a sticky cover for my main mat? I think I'm in love. I will only use it alone when I travel - it is super duper thin - but I will use it on a regular basis on top. And I am still hoping that my main mat gets a little less slippery. Packing both of these is a heavy load.Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 7.47.40 PM Last night, this is the series I did on my own. Day 1 of Erin Motz's newest yoga challenge was a great way to get warmed up.Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 7.47.59 PMThen I did this Yin Yoga class from Yoga Download. I think I paid like $4 for the app years ago. I love this class. Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 7.48.12 PMI paused it before the final relaxation and did a few of my own moves. Latest focus: knees, chin, chest (which I hate and, for some reason, scares me. I blame the slick mat.) I also have a few poses that I use to open up my cranky right hip. Then I rolled my blanket up to place under my knees and unpaused yoga download.

When I opened the door when I was finished, someone was irritated that I had practiced without her.

 

Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 7.48.23 PMI adore my little yoga spot. I'm toying with the idea of moving this to our bedroom - I have space in mind - but haven't committed yet. I'm sure I would keep my bedroom neater if it was my yoga retreat spot as well. Screen shot 2014-09-03 at 7.48.50 PMMr. Gnome says, "Go yoga!"