How to make a yoga garden

How to make a yoga garden

Find your zen in your own backyard by creating your own yoga garden. The ancient practice of yoga is a wonderful way to build strength and flexibility and feel connected to your body and the world around you.

So what could be better than your own yoga garden, a calm, tranquil space where you can be in touch with nature while you practice yoga or meditate? Here are a few tips on how to create your own yoga garden.

How to make a yoga garden

Create a yoga garden

  • The most important thing to consider when siting your yoga garden is to make sure that there is a flat, level area where you can put down a mat and practice your yoga safely.
  • The surface can be a paved or gravel area, wooden decking, or simply a flat lawn. However, remember that paving stones have absolutely no ‘give’ if you fall over onto them, even on a yoga mat, so a lawn or wooden decking may be a better choice.
  • If possible, site your yoga garden where you can benefit from the dappled shade under a tree. A pergola or arbour covered in beautiful climbing plants also makes a sheltered spot for yoga practice.
  • Large shrubs can provide screening for privacy and give a sense of shelter and protection. If you don’t have any suitable shrubs already in the garden, you could plant bamboo in large pots.
  • Fargesia rufa, a relatively small clumping bamboo, is a good choice for pots. Nandina domestica, also known as heavenly bamboo, is actually an evergreen shrub with bamboo-like leaves, an ideal choice to provide beautiful year-round screening for your yoga garden.
  • Objects that symbolise some of the elements in Buddhist philosophy (air, water, fire and earth) can provide a focus for mindful meditation.
  • A wind chime or a mobile hanging from a tree branch can help you to be aware of the movement of the air, and a water feature creates a feeling of peace and tranquillity. You could also take inspiration from Japanese gardens and create a dry water garden, using raked gravel to symbolise ripples on the surface of a pond.
  • Boulders can represent the earth element in your garden, helping to keep you grounded. You can also achieve this by including a few pots in earthy red-brown and gold colours.
  • Add some cushions or a chair to create a comfortable space for meditation or reflection.
  • Sensory elements in the garden will help connect you to your environment. Plant grasses for sound and texture, as well as fragrant plants like lavender or roses.
  • Cool colours like blue, green, and white are ideal for a meditation space, creating a tranquil, harmonious environment.
  • Any artwork that has meaning for you can create a focus for meditation in your yoga garden. This could be anything from a sculpture to a beautiful pot containing a favourite plant.

You’ll find a fantastic range of plants and garden accessories in our centre to help you create your ideal yoga garden. Visit us today to start making your dream garden come true!