The right kind of morning stretch can do a lot more than ease the knots out of your back. For some, it eases the knots out of life itself. And the ultimate yoga bathroom is a great place to get started.
Fabulous bathrooms, especially in new homes, are merging with bedrooms and dressing areas to become oases of calm for rest, relaxation and even yoga. What better place to find your own calm center?
Less is More
For designers like Beverley Binns, the ultimate yoga bathroom is defined by clean lines. Clutter — in the room or in the mind — has to go. Everything in the ultimate yoga bathroom needs it proper place, preferably out of sight.
Simple doesn’t mean plain, though. Many high-style fixture designs showcase clean lines and perfect proportions that make them works of art in their own right. Some sinks bypass traditional designs, creating a flowing stream of water that cascades into a bowl-shaped vessel or a flat, wading pool-style sink.
Beverley also recommends shapes, textures, colors and even scents from nature for the yoga bathroom of your dreams. Wood, bamboo, sisal, cotton and other materials drawn from nature help keep the room grounded and serene; try combining darker woods with lighter stones for a pleasing contrast. You may even want to use smoothed river rocks instead of tile for the floor to help you keep in touch with the earth and provide an impromptu foot massage.
Of course, water is the ultimate natural material for the bathroom. Look for fixtures and features that make the most of water’s sensuality and calming sounds. For a truly ultimate yoga bathroom, consider adding a small waterfall or other water feature for a constant, soothing lullaby of water.
Oddly enough, technology can be the crowning touch for this back-to-nature bath. Any ultimate bathroom needs a versatile lighting system that can go from smoky and serene to bright and businesslike. Use a variety of overhead and wall fixtures with a remote control that remembers different lighting moods.
Also essential is a high-end sound system with speakers that can stand up to the heat and humidity of the ultimate bathroom while delivering great sound. Access your music library with a one-touch access remote.
For ultimate yoga practice, Beverley suggests creating a lighting and music program that guides you through a yoga session, leading you into a state of deep calm. Let the light and sound system set the pace, freeing your mind for relaxation in your ultimate yoga bathroom.