Every yoga practice room has its own personality. Some are Zen-tastic with a soothing color scheme and just a handful of carefully chosen adornments. Others offer a little more to look at, or distract you, depending on your mindset. There may be a Buddha or two; perhaps Ganesh makes an appearance.
Whatever the decor, the best environments are ones that enhance your practice. This might be through a minimalist approach or, less likely, with a wall of mirrors for you to check your alignment.
Have you ever practiced yoga in the dark? I’m not aiming for a clever metaphor here. I literally mean in a dark room. Pitch black; where there is a period of time as you transition from light to dark when your vision is temporarily useless. Real darkness.
I’m in a Power yoga class standing in a Figure 4 balance. My mat is near the front wall of the room. I really don’t like this spot in the room (topic for another blog).
The light behind me is casting the shadow of my wobbly Figure 4 onto the wall in front of me. I can’t stop looking at it. Do I really wobble that much? Watching my shadow wobble is causing me to wobble. I’m trying to find another spot to look at, but I’d have to lift my gaze really high or send it way off to one side to do that. This would throw me off even more. I continue to wobble until I fall out of the pose.