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yoga beddingThe benefits of doing a daily yoga practice are many. They range from reduced stress to increased strength and flexibility. Many people who practice yoga love it so much that they decide to create a space in their homes that’s dedicated to their yoga practice. However, many don’t have the budget for a full-on, total room renovation.

Fortunately, this isn’t necessary. Here – it’s possible to create a yoga-themed bedroom with a little ingenuity, the right yoga bedroom decor, and a little paint. If you count yourself among those who’d like to create your own yoga-themed bedroom, these tips will help you get your room in shape, without requiring a contractor to do it.

Reduce Clutter First

Decorating your bedroom in a yoga theme reflects your daily yoga practice in many respects. While it’s true that you need some simple elements like your yoga mat, it’s also true that less is more in many cases.

In light of this, you need to prepare your room by removing some items before you start decorating with your custom yoga bedding and personalized yoga decor. A cluttered yoga space equals a stressful yoga space, according to Yoga Journal. Clutter creates distractions, which you don’t want as you advance in your yoga practice.

If you’re not sure where to start this journey, the Becoming Minimalist website suggests that you start with a few small steps.

Here is a look at a few of them:

  • Fill a trash bag and then fill another. Keep doing this in your room until all your extra stuff is gone.
  • Get rid of one thing a day.
  • Just spend 5 minutes a day doing something. You can put 5 things away or set up a folder system or throw out clothes you don’t wear. Only spend 5 minutes on this.

And one more thing before we move in, remember that extra furniture qualifies as clutter, too. While your yoga bedroom decor will include a bed and possibly chairs, do remember to remove items that will get in the way of your practice.

Be Mindful of Your Color Schemes

Light and natural colors create the most calm in a yoga bedroom. When you’re choosing the paint for your yoga bedroom, gravitate toward off-whites or cream colors.

Or if you feel like you need at least a bit of color, choose colors like greens or blues,

which reflect the natural world and are calming to be around.

My House

Handmade Items

Nothing says custom yoga bedding quite like handmade items. When you’re looking for your yoga bedroom decor, think about bringing in some handmade items to add personal touches to your yoga space. That’s the advice that Well and Good gives to home yoga practitioners.

For example, find a hand-woven rug to put in the center of your bedroom. Choose one made of a natural material like cotton. This becomes your room’s centerpiece.

Decorate the corners with hand-woven or handmade wooden baskets or ottomans. Hang macrame planters from the ceiling or in front of the window.

Make sure that you choose items that don’t have wild colors or patterns. You can have a touch of color or pattern, but avoid pieces that are overwhelmed with them. Minimalism is the key when you’re looking for your yoga bedroom decor.
Hand Woven Cherokee Gathering Basket by @ArtHouseVermont | classic as a wicker chair.

 

Mood Lighting

The right lighting sets the mood in your yoga room. If your bedroom doesn’t have a dimmer switch light and you’re not in the market for a rewiring, this doesn’t have to stop you from creating soothing lightscapes in the space. Just look for lamps that feature several settings, from bright to low. Place these around the room.

For added effect, select Japanese lantern lamps. These allow you to screen the light. They also fit yoga bedroom decor theme. Place these in the corners of your room, especially around the space where you’ll be doing your yoga practice every day.

Versatile Furniture

You should choose the big furniture pieces in the room like the bed and your chairs with versatility in mind. When it comes to yoga bedroom decor, you really can’t go wrong with a futon. It’s versatile and easy to move.

If you’d like a bed that becomes a centerpiece in the room, then opt for a futon with a frame that folds down into a bed or up into a couch. Many of these frames look chic with the different types of custom yoga bedding that’s on the market. Think a simple tan bed duvet cover on your futon mattress and a black lacquer frame to support it.

If your idea of the perfect yoga bedroom decor includes something a little more minimalist in scope, you can buy pretty bedding to cover the futon mattress at night and store your bedding in a closet during the day. This gives you more floor space to move around on.

Futon closet

Mixed Textures

The word “yoga” means union. It’s the embodiment of opposites. The poses themselves represent both the hard masculine and the soft feminine. You can echo this sentiment by choosing yoga bedroom decor that features opposites in the form of textures.

For example, your futon’s duvet might be made of silk or satin. The throw pillows you put on it could be made of rough linen or cotton. Your floor should be hardwood and smooth ideally, with rough woven mats or rugs all around.

What to Include

Now that you’ve chosen some of the bigger items for your yoga bedroom decor, you’ll want to choose some accessories. These include items like pillows, which aid in your yoga practice, as well as practical items like your yoga mat, blankets, and other items.

The Journey Junkie recommends that you have items such as these in your yoga room.

  • A yoga towel
  • A meditation pillow
  • Yoga blocks
  • A yoga mat
  • And a yoga sandbag

Other items that will enhance the mood of your yoga bedroom include simple wall art, extra blankets or mats for when you have visitors, a Buddha statue, and candles, and crystals for an alter area.

Final Thoughts on Your Yoga Bedroom

Ideally, your yoga bedroom will become your own personalized yoga retreat. You’ll fill it with your yoga bedroom decor that appeals to your tastes. You’ll enhances this by choosing yoga bedding that flatters the space. And finally, you’ll bring in mood pieces like Japanese lanterns and hanging plant baskets to complete the Zen of the space.

These simple changes allow you to set up a peaceful yoga space, without requiring you to make major renovations in your room. In fact, the best yoga bedrooms are free of clutter and filled with only the items necessary to bring peace to your yoga practice.

Yoga appsThe ancient art of yoga is not something we often think of in conjunction with our modern obsession with portable technologies, such as smart phones and tablets. Yoga promotes mindfulness and deep independent thought: logic dictates that this facets are best achieved away from the glare of the computer screen and our increasing dependence on portable media. However, as technology and our dependence on it grows, app makers are seeing the potential to combine our love of smart technology with our love of yoga, and some of the results are exceptional: both useful, and complementary to traditional yoga. The right app can help you to enhance your home practice, track your daily poses, and even work out how many calories you are burning during each yoga session. Here are some of the best apps currently available on the market that could help to both enhance and improve your yoga:

Daily Yoga (Free)

Suitable for both Apple and Android phones and tablets, the Daily Yoga app is an ideal choice for busy yoga enthusiasts on the go. It offers a selection of relaxing yoga music that you can enjoy as you practice your poses, but the best feature of this app is the HD videos it contains, which will work you through a series of pose sequences and provide both visual and vocal instructions. Whilst there is no substitute for attending a yoga class with a qualified teacher, if you don’t have the time to go to as many classes as you would like, and would like to work out at home too, then this app is the perfect complementary tool to your regular classes.

Daily Yoga Quotes (Free)

The Daily Yoga Quotes App is only available of Apple operating systems, meaning that it only works on iPhone and iPad products, however if you have an Apple phone or tablet then this is the ideal app to nourish the spiritual core of your yogic self. Mindfulness and spirituality play a key part in good yoga practice, and this app taps into that perfectly by providing its users with a thought provoking daily yoga quote. For example: “When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences, and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.” Whilst the app is very simplistic and doesn’t include any yoga-specific exercises, it is a great way of encouraging mindful thought on a daily basis.

5 Minute Yoga (Free)

If you’re new to yoga and short on time then 5 minute yoga is the one app you should have on your phone: suitable for both apple and android operating systems, this app is perfect for beginners. This app conveniently lays out full 5 minute yoga sessions that users can learn and fit into their lives, anytime, anywhere. Again, the use of this app will be best when used in conjunction with a series of offline classes with a qualified professional, but if you’re looking to learn yoga and allow it to enhance your life but are time-poor then this is the perfect system.

Down Dog (Free)

Are you an experienced yogi that often feels bored completing the same yoga routines over and over? The Down Dog is the perfect app for you! This app is designed to break yoga enthusiasts from their rut by delivering a new routine and series of poses and positions every time you use it. Perfect for both Apple and Android users, this app lets you select a playlist, your mood, and how long you would like your yoga session to last for before delivering a tailor made class to your phone, just for you Best suited to experienced yogis, because of the wide range of poses it includes, this app is considered one of the best on the market for enjoying yoga sessions from the comfort of your own home.

References

 “The best yoga apps of 2016”, Healthlinehttp://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/top-yoga-iphone-android-apps

“10 Mobile apps every yogi should have”, Yoga Londonhttp://www.yogalondon.net/monkey/10-mobile-apps-every-yogi-should-have/

“Cheap insurance for all types of tablets”, Qhttp://www.quotezone.co.uk/tablet-insurance.htm

“6 best apps for yoga and meditation”, Yoga Journalhttp://www.yogajournal.com/slideshow/6-best-apps-for-yoga-and-meditation/#1

“Best Yoga apps for iPad and iphone to master Yoga”, iGeeks Bloghttps://www.igeeksblog.com/best-yoga-apps-for-the-iphone-ipad/

Yoga And Modern Medicine

yogaYoga has been used as a ‘medical’ discipline for centuries [1] – although its original adherents would not have thought of it as such. As a fusion of the physical and the spiritual, yoga was always known to have healing properties, but these were often considered tangential to the discipline’s main aim of enhancing spiritual and personal efficacy. However, in more recent years, the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga have been cruelly separated by a great many sources. Some use yoga as a purely physical exercise, neglecting the spiritual aspects in the name of getting a toned body [2]. Others use it as a purely spiritual discipline, neglecting correct posture etc in favor of higher consciousness. However, despite this, the world of modern medicine is increasingly turning its eyes upon yoga and its potential for healing. And when we look at yoga as a modern healing tool, we begin to see that yoga truly does need to be considered as a holistic – i.e. physical and spiritual – medium in order to achieve its full effects.

Yoga For Mental Health

One of the main points of intersection for modern medicine and yoga is that of mental health. Studies have found that substance abusers going through withdrawal benefit very much from yoga sessions – not only because it helps to ease the discomfort in their suffering bodies, but because it helps them to reconnect with those bodies on a deeper level. This new sense of connection often engenders respect, and enables people who have been abusing their bodies for years to take detoxing seriously [3], and to commit to kicking their damaging habits. Simultaneously, it helps them to relax, and combats feelings of depression, inadequacy, and anxiety which often afflict recovering addicts. Needless to say, these effects are also fantastic for people suffering from other neuroses. Modern doctors are increasingly recommending that their patients undertake a course of yoga for mental health reasons [4]. However, the reason yoga works so well for mental health is that it acts on the mind THROUGH the body, rather than (as many other forms of mental health therapy do) working on the mind from an external source.

Yoga For Pain Relief

Several studies have proven yoga effective in reducing the experience of pain. On a very simple level, the practice of yoga can help to sort out postural issues, and generally strengthens the body. This can reduce or even outright eradicate the symptoms of many muscular and skeletal problems [5]. So far, so obvious. However, yoga can also help with more ephemeral pain – despite having no apparent ‘physical’ action upon the source of the pain. Patients suffering from the pain of chronic pancreatitis were found to consider their pain improved after a course of yoga [6]. What is interesting about this is that the yoga had had no tangible effect upon the condition itself – what had changed, it seems, was the patient’s experience of their pain. Pain is a complicated medical conundrum, but we know that a lot of it originates within the mind. It is this pain that the yoga seemed to be working on. Scientists are not entirely sure how yoga achieves this, but it’s thought that yoga’s power to reduce stress and boost mood also improves the patient’s own perception of the pain they’re experiencing. Yoga’s effects on the mind, therefore, percolate down through the body, altering our experience of physical problems.

Interconnected Yoga

Modern medicine has not been slow to capitalise upon yoga’s painkilling and mental health potential. And the research it’s doing into yoga’s modern medical possibilities reveals the fundamental mind-body interconnectedness of the discipline. This is something which we all once knew, and all took for granted. However, in recent years, many have lost sight of this fact. They’ve ‘separated’ a practice which needs to be considered a holistic ‘whole’ in order to function correctly into component ‘parts’ – the physical and the mental/spiritual. On their own, these aspects are of little use. As modern medical research is showing us, each ‘part’ relies on the other to do its job. This is something we could all do with remembering as we engage in our own yogic disciplines.

[1] “A Brief History Of Yoga: From Ancient Hindu Scriptures To The Modern, Westernized Practice”

[2]  “6-Minute Total-Body Toning Yoga”

[3]  “Your Guide to Holistic Detoxification from Drugs and Alcohol”

[4]  “Yoga for Psychiatry and Mental Health: An Ancient Practice with Modern Relevance”

[5]  “3 Ways Yoga Improves Your Joint System And Skeletal Structure”

[6] “Yoga for rehabilitation in chronic pancreatitis”

Commitment TherapyLeading rehabilitation centres across the globe have been adopting yoga and mindful meditation into their programmes, owing to the unique blend of benefits bestowed by these ancient practices, just one of which involves the lowering of stress hormone levels. In this post we shall discuss gold standard therapies for rehabilitation, highlighting the ways in which mindfulness can enhance their healing abilities:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): This is a cognitive-behavioural type of treatment developed at the University of Washington by Marsha Linehan, to help clients with self-harming and suicidal tendencies. Since its inception, it has come to be used to treat many challenging mental conditions, including PTSD and addiction. The aim is to gently help the patient realise the connection between how they think, feel and behave, and the way changing just one of these three processes can have beneficial effects on wellbeing. DBT invites the patient and the therapist to accept reality while being open to positive change. Some skills taught by the therapist to the patient include mindfulness (observing, describing and participating in a situation without judging it), interpersonal communication skills, emotional regulation and distress tolerance.

Mindfulness—Based Stress Reduction: This therapy is considered a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments and is used with a wide variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and fatigue. Patients are taught to “pay attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” By becoming aware of their thoughts, feelings and sensations as they arise, patients can become much more in tune to emotions such as stress, which are an important factor in drug use and relapses. Important studies have shown that mindfulness limits experiential avoidance by promoting nonjudgmental acceptance of the thoughts and emotions one is encountering. Mindfulness also interrupts the tendency to respond to tension via substance abuse. Mindfulness practice has been proven to help with cravings, by teaching us to react with awareness rather than automatically.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy involves accepting that some things have escaped beyond their control, while taking positive steps to make a change. Therapists help patients (and those seeking to overcome addiction) how to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively, using mindfulness skills to find positive outlets for emotions such as stress, without the need to resort to drugs and alcohol. Patients are also taught to discover and stay true to their core values in life; those which alone are capable of inspiring them to embrace real, lasting change.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: The core of this type of therapy is to become acquainted with the states of mind that can lead to drug use, while learning to develop a new relationship to these feelings. Those who seek an escape from stress, conflict and anger through drugs, can learn to control their ‘fight or flight response,’ which is invoked when we are forced to face stressful or traumatic circumstances. Mindfulness invokes the parasympathetic response, lowering the heart rate and blood pressure and enabling us to remain in the present moment. Mindfulness can also be used to deal with the anxiety, pain and depression which ensues when an addict attempts to kick the habit. A study published in the journal, JAMA Internal Medicine has shown that mindfulness meditation in particular can help curb stress and pain to a significant degree, thereby making the practice ideal for individuals facing difficult life situations and persons seeking rehabilitation treatment. Mindfulness is also commonly used in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention therapy, which focuses on being finely tuned into the circumstances, people, situations and emotions that can lead to a relapse.

Mindfulness, whether used as an independent technique or in meditation and yoga sessions, has been found in numerous studies to have beneficial effects for those undergoing rehabilitation treatment. Additionally, mindfulness based interventions appear safe and are highly satisfying for those relying on them and the positive effects are long-lasting. This has led specialists in the field of drug rehabilitation to rely on mindfulness techniques as part of both inpatient and outpatient programmes. Like yoga, Tai Chi and Nature and horticultural therapy, mindfulness is a natural yet powerful way to curb stress, and give the mind the time it needs to formulate successful ways to face burdens that can sometimes seem insurmountable.

Further Reading:

http://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk-articles/is-mindfulness-an-emerging-treatment-for-addictions/

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/43227935_Mindfulness-Based_Therapies_for_Substance_Use_Disorders_Part_2

http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2014/03/03/JCO.2012.48.2752

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-may-ease-anxiety-mental-stress-201401086967

http://www.mindful.org/the-science-of-mindfulness/

https://nau.edu/research/feature-stories/mindfulness-training-has-positive-health-benefits/

http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education/common_college_health_issues/mindfulness.php

shopping fashionConsumerism is at all-time high in India, and selling like hot cakes is nothing but the idea of online shopping. The industry that is barely a few years old has emerged as one of the best options for many budding entrepreneurs for minting money.  No matter what, the consumers dwelling in the materialistic world have loved the idea of easy shopping. That’s the reason why the billions of dollars are being poured into online businesses in India, and nobody is complaining. E-stores are mushrooming to the delight of the customers.

Now, coming to the facts, online shopping in India has seen 128% growth in interest from the consumers in the year 2011 and 2012 while it was only 40% growth in 2010 to 2011. The year 2012 was actually the beginning of new era in terms of retail industry. The e-commerce industry continues to see a rise even when it faces certain roadblocks.

As the studies go, 90% of the online shoppers are planning to purchase more products online. Not that disillusioned with the delivery glitches, more and more buyers have slowly been addicted to the online shopping that also reflects their positive attitude towards e-shops.

But what exactly they prefer to buy? The popularity of e-stores shows that it’s apparels. Yes, apparels and accessories are among the top category for the buyers. 84% of the buyers are keen on shopping for these products, reveal reports. The 71% are more towards electronics. Beauty and personal care is 64%, while books are 62% and household products 61%.

The studies and reports are pointing towards a good rise in the industry. There is no doubt that online retail has been growing at an unprecedented rate. The rise of fashionistas to the advent of techie freaks, the culture of smartphones, tablets and high-street brands is catching up like wild fire. The prime reasons why the generation Y is deviating towards online shopping are the feature like cash on delivery, discount season, cool offers provided by the e-stores. The busy monotony of life has also led people to buy products online as shopping from regular malls and marketplace demands energy and much time.

As the Internet rules the roost, online shopping has turned out to be a great boon for the Indian retail industry. Being an e-shopper is thus cool.

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