Our house has two small living rooms that are divided by built-in bookcases. Ostensibly the front room is the formal living room and the back room is the more casual living area. Simply because we don’t have much furniture, the back living room has been mostly-empty since we moved in. Several times we’ve talked about buying something for the space, but it just hasn’t been a priority (and as you can see, we still have the artwork for our walls piled up in the corner…)
So recently we decided that maybe we wouldn’t furnish the room in any typical way, but would leave it open and empty-ish as a meditation and exercise space. And this fits in well with my most important resolution of 2015, which is a carry-over from last year. And that is to practice yoga each morning. The second living room is the perfect yoga space: wood floors, morning light, and french doors facing the back garden.
I begin my practice with a headstand, aligning my spine and stoking the energy that I carry through to the rest of my stretching, which these days is mostly aimed at easing the tension in my hips and shoulders. And then I move to stretching with my nemesis, the foam roller, and then I do some strengthening exercises with some small dumbbells.
It makes a huge difference on my outlook for the day if I take the time for stretching before turning my attention to my work.