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Connect with nature. This Mill Valley, California, yoga cabin was part of a project that involved adding two cabins on a steep wooded site, with one cabin being used as a yoga studio. As you can see, the cabin has direct access to the surrounding vegetation and receives plenty of natural light. "We placed the yoga cabin right next to a beautiful grouping of redwood trees," principal architect Jonathan Feldman says. The client "wanted healthy materials and finishes [low- or zero-VOC] and natural materials: rustic wood, stone and warm paint colors," he adds.
More clients are requesting yoga studios, these days Feldman says. "People seem to want lots of light and a remote location where they can get away from the stresses of their busy lives."
Create a separate space. Devoting a separate space for yoga practice, no matter how big or small the area, is important in building your home yoga practice. There is something restorative about leaving the demands of our busy lives in a space "out there" and entering a space that is solely dedicated to healing, mindfulness and calm.
"For this project, the homeowners had always wanted a room specifically for yoga, so the space was actually designed into the plan and was not an afterthought," says residential builder Jonathan Kraemer, adding that it was designed exactly to his clients' specifications.
Don't be afraid to take it outdoors. What many people don't know is that yoga is much more than poses and physical practice. "For me, yoga is also about sitting and meditating. The poses help you achieve strength and flexibility so that your sitting and meditation practice can be more comfortable. Anyone can practice yoga anywhere in the home. You work with what you have," says DePriest.
This picturesque view and surrounding landscape make for an ideal place to practice yoga; pranayama (breath work) is made easy with fresh air, and the heat from the sun's rays can help improve flexibility throughout one's practice. Just don't forget to wear sunscreen.