If you’re a yoga buff, but lack the proper space to practice, you might want to consider adding a sunroom to your home. The ambiance a sunroom is able to provide can make your yoga routine even more enjoyable. If you already have a sunroom, it does not take much to convert it into a great place for yoga. If you are considering purchasing a sunroom, you'll want to take some time to explore the type of sunroom best for you and your home.
Choosing a Sunroom for Yoga
Choosing the right sunroom for your yoga retreat is an important first step in creating your own personal oasis. At Patio Enclosures we provide a number of options including three season rooms, all season rooms, solariums and screen rooms. All of these rooms can be used for yoga. However, if you practice yoga year-round and reside in a northern climate, you'll probably want to consider a solarium or all-season room (also known as a four season room) as these types of rooms are engineered to be heated and cooled on a ongoing basis. Depending on your use of the room, a three-season room could also make a great yoga room, although on chilly days, you'll definitely need a space heater or other heating source. A screen room is another yoga room option but you may find yourself somewhat restricted by mother nature due to the fact that the walls are all screens.
If you are adding a new sunroom onto your home, instead of enclosing an existing porch or patio, you will want to consider its placement. For example, do you like to do yoga in the mornings? If so, you might want to place your sunroom on the east side of your house so that you can see the sunrise. Conversely, if you enjoy practicing yoga in the evenings, you may want to consider placement on the west side of your home so you can take in the beautiful sunset.
Decorating Your Yoga Sunroom
1. Placing Your Mat
Find a designated spot for your yoga mat(s) and keep them rolled out. This way you don’t have to set up before you work out, you can just get to it. When you are in your sunroom, orient your mat so that you will be able to see your favorite view as you work out.
Add a little mood lighting to your sunroom with candles and lamps. Soft lighting creates a calming atmosphere that will help you relax.
Find something that inspires you and add it to the sunroom. This might include a beautiful plant, a small statue, or a work of art. You might also want to consider adding a small stereo or iPod dock to the room so that you can work out and meditate to music.
You can use infusers or candles in your sunroom to create a relaxing atmosphere. Additionally, you can work up quite a sweat when you are doing yoga, and a scented candle can keep the room smelling fresh.
Since you may also want to use your sunroom when you are not working out, you might want to consider a seating area and a small table so that you can relax with a refreshing drink after your workouts. Floor pillows are also a great addition to a yoga room, and you can use them to relax or meditate.
Finally, you might want to consider adding a small set of shelves to organize your yoga accessories such as towels, extra mats, exercise balls, blocks, straps, etc.
Ventilating Your Yoga Sunroom
Practicing yoga can make you work up a sweat! Unlike traditional room additions, a Patio Enclosures sunroom allows for maximum ventilation when you need to cool down. Simply open up the floor-to-ceiling windows and doors to allow the breeze to flow throughout the space. For solariums, a special ventilation fan can also be installed in the glass roof to allow rising warm air to easily escape.
Using Your Sunroom for Hot Yoga
You can even use your yoga sunroom for hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga. To do this, you will want to make sure that your windows are closed, your ceiling fan is off, and your AC is off. If it is hot outside, this might be enough to achieve an appropriate hot yoga temperature. If it is not warm outside, you might want to purchase a portable heater to bring the room to about 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
With a little time and effort, you can create a relaxing yoga retreat in your home with a Patio Enclosures’ sunroom. Take your mind, heart, and body to the next level by scheduling your free in-home design estimate or calling 800-230-8301 for your new yoga sunroom today. Our experts will help you design the yoga sunroom perfect for you and your home!
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