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Why have an altar?

February 27, 2018

The assembly of an altar is something that makes us feel that we have, in our own home, a space where we can take a breath. It can serve as a space to meditate, practice yoga or simply a special place, to which you return when you want to relax and remember your Essence. If you've never had an altar in your home, it may sound a bit “exotic” at first. But in reality, having an altar should not be complicated, nor does it have to be based on a religion. An altar can be a simple, personal expression and immediate reminder of those things that are important to you. You don't have to build anything. You don't need a lot of space either. You should not buy something new or look for a complex installation. You just have to understand that an altar is an ancient and powerful tool of transformation. Your altar can be whatever you want, it should only represent your own belief system.

What is an altar?

An altar is made up of a simple structure that receives some objects that have meaning for you. These objects can be a source of concentration, inspiration, contemplation, or if you wish, be part of a ritual.

How to create my first altar?

On your altar, you can install a plant or better yet, a seed, an avocado pit for example, that you can see grow and that you will remember the path traveled. A ritual could be that you write down your dreams or intentions on a sheet of paper and place it under the pot. Actually, if you look around your house, you might realize that you already have some items that could be on an altar: a candle, a decorative box, a vase, or anything else that inspires you. Without moving these objects, if you add an intention, you will have your first altar!

Where to install your altar?

You can install your altar near the place where you practice yoga. On YogaYe, each of us, we have one. In mine, I installed: - My yoga equipment to keep it close. Watch this yoga set at home with mat, block and belt. - A candle that I light when I feel like celebrating something. - Incense or Palo Santo because the smoke represents movement and to burn the old. - From time to time, I install flowers to celebrate life and because it symbolizes the earth. These days it's time for mimosas! - Apart from this, I have some objects that remind me of precise moments of my life or a certain energy that I want to remember, but I keep this for my altar; -) There are many things you can put on your altar, but make sure you choose the ones that have special meaning to you. Remember that the most important thing is not the objects you have on your altar but the time you dedicate each day to this intention, taking the time to find yourself for a few minutes in your sacred space. Namaste!

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