Try It: Meditative Home Lighting

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In addition to using apps and attending classes at the gym, athletes can benefit from having a home space conducive to a meditation practice. While setting up a quiet area with a comfortable seat is a given, it's important to pay attention to another element: lighting.

"Even when you close your eyes, you are experiencing a room’s lighting," explains Michael Gervais, a New York City-based yoga instructor and creator of Equinox’s Headstrong class. "It’s the last thing you see and a bit lingers through the eyelids." What’s more, the way you bring awareness back into the room after your meditation is noteworthy, he says. “If the lighting is too jarring, that could be a sub-optimal experience.”

Purposefully altering the ambiance can also help you set your intention and create a mental separation between the stress of your day and your time for introspection. "Changing the lighting in your meditative space just might be the key to finally perfecting your personal practice," notes Iris Lami, a meditation and yoga instructor at Gingerhill Farm Retreat in South Kona, Hawaii.

To create the right setting, try one of these six meditative lights.