Our studio is bare. It’s simple. It’s not filled with candles, fancy photos or mirrors. The walls have marks on them and the stairs are a gorgeous, old wood showing it’s signs of age and the many feet that have walked up and down them. I often have people ask why I choose to keep the Jessica Dewar Yoga studio so simple. Why I don’t fill the space with all these little nice to have’s.
In my opinion – the more you add to a space, the more distracting it becomes. Music. Candles. Incense. I’ve stepped into studios where I was terrified to have a hair fall out of place, as it would disrupt the perfection of the room. Intimidating much?!
I personally believe in the opposite. Have a clean, welcoming space. Of course. But I don’t believe the additional niceties are necessary. Some might say I’m a tough teacher? I would agree that I am in some respects, but at the end of the day I’m all about teaching yoga. About reducing the number of distractions that surround us daily so people can experience the honest truth of the practice. The vulnerability of the practice. Yoga does not discriminate and it doesn’t matter what we’re wearing or how pretty the space is, yoga will (in time) help us to let go of our ego in search of something deeper. If we get caught up with what a space looks like or what we’re wearing, then we’ve missed the point.
Everyday I am humbled by my practice. And whilst a silent, empty room can be very confronting for many, it is in this space where the most profound changes can occur.
Enjoy your practice, enjoy the journey and remember - it all comes from within.