At-home workouts have risen in popularity over the last few years as more and more of us try to find the time to stay fit and healthy without committing to gym membership or a lengthy workout session.
But while you can do all manner of aerobic and weights exercises in your living room, when it comes to doing yoga at home it's difficult to recreate the relaxing atmosphere of your local yoga studio when the clutter of modern life is all around you.
But if you're determined to do the downward dog at home, there are a few ways in which you can turn your workout space into a zen-like yoga-friendly room – and it’s all down to using plants.
Adam Hustler, one of the UK’s most in-demand yoga teachers, has teamed up with The Joy of Plants to explore the best plants to transform your home into the perfect yoga room.
1. Purify the air
“Deep, steady breathing is a major part of yoga, and plants make for great air purifiers,” explains Adam. “What better reason to have living and breathing plants around you, as you breathe in and out? Choose Ivy or intricate Boston Fern for their air filtering benefits.”
2. Balance the yin and yang
“Yoga is about self-enquiry and exploring various structures, shapes and forms," Adam says.
“For the ultimate balance, this should also be reflected in your space through combining yin and yang, masculine and feminine colours and shapes. Plants like Aloe Vera with wondrous structure amongst robust leafy plants like the Fiddle Leaf Fig can help balance the look and feel of your space.”
3. Lift the mood
Creating a leafy sanctuary in your home can really lift your mood. Adam suggests adding layers and dimension by showing off plants on stools and using macramé hanging planters to create an urban-jungle vibe which encourages a sense of calm and happiness.
4. Meditation anchors
When it comes to meditation, there are many styles to choose from, and a number of these require focusing on one point in front of you.
One way to do this, says Adam, is to use the leaves of plants as meditation anchors. “The leaves are intricate and hypnotic to look at, and you can easily get lost in them.”