'Om' at Home: Expert Meditation Advice

Our favorite meditation experts and yogis offer advice on creating sacred space, a place to practice stillness.

| January/February 2005

From maharishis to Madonna, meditation’s popularity has spanned the ages. While there’s plenty of information on why and how you should meditate, there’s less guidance on exactly where you should commune with your inner self. Can you carve out a meditation space in a corner of your bedroom, or do you need an entirely separate room? If your meditation area faces north, will a cold wind blow through your soul? Are white walls and bare floors truly Zen? Will you ever achieve nirvana without the right wall hangings?

We asked meditation and yoga experts for tips on how they created meditation areas in their homes. Here’s what they had to say.

Richard Freeman

Freeman melds his decades of study of various yoga practices—Zen and Vipassana Buddhism, Sufism, and Western philosophy—into a unique teaching style. His videos and tapes on ashtanga yoga and yoga breathing are bestsellers. He’s director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.

“A meditation room can be sanctified through prayer or chant to mark it as a sacred space,” Freeman says. “In the same way that you create a sacred space, you can create a sacred time for meditation by beginning and ending with a chant or bow. This ritual, done as you enter and leave your space, encourages a fresh look at the thoughts and feelings that arise within it.”

Rodney Yee

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