"The Distinctive Life" presented by the Distinctive Collection

34 35 bhgrecollection.com | | THE DISTINCTIVE LIFE® Volume �� and improved focus. Do your meditation intentions include promoting “vitality, growth, and healing?” Wood elements can be supportive, in which case you’ll want to lean into greens and blues in your space. The amount of color introduced into a studio varies. Energizing colors (like red) can be incorporated in small ways through accessories if you want your overall palette to remain soft or neutral. Meanwhile, vegan paints in whispery hues may be perfect for transforming your walls. Even if you are not a Feng Shui practitioner, color can impact your mood significantly. Interior designer Gala Magriñá explains to MyDomaine that she believes that “soft tonal colors” are among those that complement relaxation goals the best. Magriñá recommends “steering clear of bright, energizing colors, and sticking to warm whites, grays, and light earthy colors” while also choosing “designs with light wood, wide plank floors, and muted walls” for “lightness and serenity.” CHOOSE A TEXTURED RUG A textured area rug made from natural fibers is an excellent foundation for your new retreat. Not only does it offer you an opportunity to express your chosen color palette, but it’s the first step in providing your space the comfort you need to begin (or enhance) your meditation practice. Just take care to add a large enough rug for seated and kneeling positions, as well as any movement exercises you’d like to incorporate. Also, if you live in an area with cold winter weather, a rug will make early morning sessions even more enjoyable. INVEST IN LUXURIOUS MATS When practicing meditation, it’s essential to block out as many distractions as possible. This includes physical distractions that come from discomfort. If you love to position yourself on the floor, as many meditation practitioners do, Health recommends “investing in a comfortable seat [that] will make it a more pleasurable experience and help you stay focused.” What are the best options? Experts advise the magazine that “a soft, heightened surface supports your hips by lifting them and allowing them to roll forward slightly, and it also keeps your spine aligned and your lower back in its natural curve.” If you want to dress your new meditation studio with a large mat, Health notes the AJNA Velvet Zabuton Meditation Mat is among the best. Designed by a Yoga teacher, “the soft and luxurious velvet covering adds even more comfort to further your training,” whether sitting or kneeling. Are you looking for a mat and pillow set to enhance your meditation space? Health suggests investigating the LEEWADEE Meditation Cushion Set, which “includes a supportive sitting mat (27 x 31 inches) and a Zen cushion (16 inches), helping you to find proper spine alignment, a comfier position for knees and ankles, and a warmer, more inviting setting since the mat protects your limbs from cold floors in winter.” CREATE A SOFT GLOW For evening meditations or deep meditations in darker studios, you’ll want to create a softly illuminated environment. Candles, lights on dimmer switches, and delicate solar lanterns are all options that can support an inspiring, calm atmosphere. MyDomaine reports that “a diffuser or scented candle with calming scents like lavender and eucalyptus can work wonders for your mood.” For a splurge, consider adding an authentic pink Himalayan salt lamp when you start to decorate. BRING THE JOY When you create a meditation studio, don’t forget to add personal elements that make you feel calm and joyful. Do you have a favorite painting or print that can help you relax and visualize your goals? Add it to the studio. Pair a Bluetooth speaker to your computer or smartphone for guided meditations or soothing soundscapes to help you refine your practice. Also, feel free to include decorative items that can help you focus. Whether it is an exceptionally soft throw blanket, a woven art piece, or an inspiring statue, you can inventively transform your retreat to reflect your personality and your goals for the future. LIFE & LEISURE

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