Yoga can be practised anywhere and you can easily build your little yoga space in the privacy of your own home. All you need is a few yoga essentials, a little bit of space, guidance and of course motivation for your practice.
When I started my yoga journey all I had was a yoga mat and Internet access which let me browse youtube videos for some practice guidance for beginners. I’m giving a few examples of youtube channels which I’ve been using at the beginning of my yoga experience here in this article: What I Do To Regain Flexibility After 30 Years Break.
However, what I quickly learnt was that my yoga mat was not a “yoga” mat at all. It turned out to be very slippery especially when I got sweaty. It became a real challenge for me to hold some poses, even in the downward dog pose I had to be very careful not to slip and break my nose. I also noticed a need for some extra support while doing certain poses, so after a while I bought a pair of yoga blocks and a yoga strap. At the moment I’m seriously considering ordering a yoga wheel which would be very beneficial for my backbends and inversions.
So today I’d like to share with you what my experience taught me and let you know a few absolutely essential items that every home-practising yogi should have. You’ll find links to each item right below every photo.
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Number 1 yoga essential is your yoga mat. Whether you choose a cork material or a rubber, make sure that it’s non-slip! You’ll quickly learn how crucial this is for your practice. I did a lot of research before choosing mine and I’ve learnt that Liforme yoga mats are the best. Unfortunately they are also quite pricey so if your budget is a bit tight, you can find cheaper options which may suit your requirements. I got myself one from Heathyoga and I’ve been satisfied ever since, so I can honestly recommend it from my own experience.
Yoga strap is another very useful thing to have. Before I got mine I’d been using a belt or a scarf, but a belt can be too short or too hard and uncomfortable, and the scarf was not easy to hold a grip to, so I opted for a yoga strap eventually and it really made a difference. It’s a great yoga essential which can also be used as a holder for your yoga mat so it’s easy to carry it with you. What’s more some of them come with a video guide explaining various exercise examples so it’s another great resource for your yoga practice.
If you’re not very flexible and have a problem with basic poses like forward bend, use two heavy books or better get yourself two yoga blocks. Books are a great optional solution, however yoga blocks have no sharp edges and are much lighter, while still giving you a great support because of the nature of their material. There’s countless ways of using yoga blocks for your practice. Basically any pose which seems too demanding can be made a bit easier with this prop, so I strongly recommend you get at least a pair of blocks. They are very cheap and very light so you can put them any place and carry them easily if need be. I got myself a pair from Heathyoga as a set together with a strap, but there’s so many colours to choose from so it’s really up to you!
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As I mentioned earlier this prop is on my shopping list so I can’t recommend any from my experience just yet, however here’s a few I’ve been considering. It looks like UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel is most popular on amazon and it’s got really good reviews. What’s more you can get that as a set of three different sizes so it sounds very tempting.
Talking about yoga sets…
The Whole Yoga Set
Probably the best option if you haven’t got any yoga essentials for your home practice and you don’t want to waste time looking for 4 separate items, is to get them all in a set. Here’s a few which I find really nice and they have very good reviews, so check them out:
- 7-Piece Yoga Set Kit (with a free carry case!) – comes in 4 different colours
- 6-Piece Sivan Health and Fitness Yoga Set – 8 different colours to choose from!
- 6-Piece Live Infinitely Yoga Set (with a free carry case) – dark grey or teal
How do you find my choices? Is there anything you’d like to add to this list? Please let me know in a comment if any of those props come exceptionally useful and if there’s anything else worth considering.
And in case you’re looking for some yoga clothes and you’ve been wondering what brand is the set I’m wearing in the main photo, here’s an article about that: Bold & Beautiful – Eco-Friendly Pineapple Activewear