The core idea of outdoor yoga landscaping is to reduce stress and improve focus in a decluttered space. However, putting a mat down on patchy grass with the sun beating down right on top of you isn’t the best way to relax.
As a yoga lover and a vacation rental owner, I have rounded up some yoga garden ideas to take outdoor yoga to the next level.
1. A Zen Garden
Yoga and Zen serve as a perfect combination. In contrast to popular belief, a Zen garden doesn’t need to be expansive or full of manicured bushes to be effective. A well-defined Zen garden will make a perfect yoga garden, even if it is a miniature, minimalist landscape.
To do this, select some of your favorite white gravel, large rocks, and sand that swathe around any small plants or brush up the flower field you already have at home. Less is more; you don’t want your garden to be full of plants you can’t even take good care of. Prioritize a blank space where you can practice yoga with friends and family or meditate in the early morning to reconnect with nature.
If possible, save a corner of your Zen garden for a small stream or a small waterfall. The soothing sound of water will take away stress and block out unnecessary noise that might distract you while meditating.
2. A Japanese Bridge
If your budget allows, you can hire someone to build you a small Japanese bridge in the middle of the garden, crossing over a small stream so you can meditate on top of it anytime you want.
A Japanese bridge can appear as a simple stepping stone in the middle of a shallow pool. Alternatively, it can sit on top of dry gravel or connect a grassy hill with a lower walking path if you can’t afford to set up a fake river or a stream. Consider adding a cluster of plants such as ferns, lotus, water lily, a vegetable patch, or a flower bed underneath the bridge or at the feet.
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3. The Right Lightning
Don’t forget the lights. It can give you a dramatic contrast when the sun beams down.
String some yellow hanging lights on top of the trees if you like to meditate or practice in the dark. If you have a large yoga garden, install in-ground LED lights of your favorite colors to add a dazzling accent to your space, lining up along a walkway or glowing up the garden bridge. Safety-wise, proper lightning also ensures you can navigate the garden at night, particularly along the stairs.
Artistic outdoor fixtures such as a glowing sculpture reminiscent of the lunar orb or this white rose waterproof outdoor light will also enhance the overall beauty of your yoga garden.
4. Decor Offering Shade
Doing yoga in the garden at noon without proper shade can end in you getting sunburnt. That isn’t the right way to feel grounded or practice Sun Salutation.
Add a simple pergola in the middle of the garden or a corner for some shade. The best thing about a pergola is that it still allows you to be part of nature without being beaten by the direct sunlight.
You can also go for a parasol, a tree cover, or climbing plant frame arch.
5. Give Your Shed A Makeover
Do you have an abandoned shed in your backyard? What if I tell you that an old structure can be converted into a delightful yoga space?
Save a day of the week to throw away anything you don’t need and clear out the shed. After that, you can brush up the space to eliminate unwanted smells with white tea oil and a sage burning kit before checking the lights and adding some decorative items.
The best thing about reusing your shed is that you can benefit from all the hooks and racks on the walls to keep your yoga items tidy. This simple practice will save you a lot of time running in and out of the house looking for yoga equipment.
Lastly, don’t forget color; splash on some outdoor paint that matches your home’s color. Opt for a subtle color scheme on the inside so your mind can rest.
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6. Consider Different Types Of Focal Point
Focal points direct the eye if you have guests coming over to your yoga garden. Plus, a focal point can serve as a place where you can practice the poses, meditate, or simply be grounded in a lotus position with like-minded people.
While a pergola acts as a shade provider and a focal point at the same time, you can also think about a gazebo or even a tent made of durable fabric to shelter you from the rain.
Another great idea is some simple sculptures swathing around the seating area. I love using red pottery and terracotta items as they go perfectly with my garden. Alternatively, an obelisk and plant beds below with masses of a single bloom color also do the trick.
7. Create A Rocky Outcrop
A rocky outcrop will bring rustic, natural beauty to the garden and make your yoga routine more exciting. This idea works well if you have a dull, sloping site in your garden.
The rocky outcrop can skirt along a fine gravel walkway and team up with some low-growing sedums, alpines, and statuesque conifers. Somewhere over the surface, you can add decorative items like a small statue, pottery, or terracotta pots that give your green space a character and a better layer.