Yoga At Home - What Do I Need?
Yoga At Home - What Do I Need?
So, you want to practice yoga at home. Maybe that yoga class pass is starting to add up, or you just want to train by your self but you don't even know where to start? First of all, you should make sure you have the right equipment.
There are too many tools available on the internet to count when it comes to yoga and fortunately I can tell you: you only need a few for a successful yoga journey. Here are the "must haves" to get you started;
Undoubtedly the most important item is the yoga mat! There are big differences between the average sport mat and a yoga mat. While many sport mats are soft and flexible, a yoga mat should be very thin. A flexible mat is a serious problem for a lot of yoga postures like the downward facing dog, as you increase the risk of injures when you are not stable. This is also a reason why you should make sure to have a non slippery mat with good grip. I recommend you to choose a yoga mat made of an heavy material, which doesn't roll up while practicing.
Yet another great and helpful tool! The yoga block is designed as a support for stretching exercises. Especially in the beginning of your yoga journey, the yoga block can help you to reach the floor while practicing forward folds, triangle pose or a lot of other exercises. When you are very flexible you can also deepen the stretch with a yoga block by standing on it and increase the distance to the floor. All in all you can use the block with a lot of stretching and strengthening exercises to ease into them or to make them even more challenging.
When it comes to the size of the yoga block, take into consideration how you intend to use it. I like to have two normal sized ones, which you can stack or use on each side of your body, but there are also thicker and smaller ones, it's up to you! The same goes with the material of the block: blocks can be made of foam - the most common ones, but there are also heavier ones made of cork or even made of wood. I personally prefer the foam blocks, because they are light and a bit softer than the other ones.
This alrounder is by far my favourite yoga tool. Using a yoga strap can - as the yoga block does - ease or increase your yoga challenges and bring some supporting self help into your practice, no matter what your level of experience is. I primarily use it for forwardfolds, back bands and leg stretches. The best thing about the strap is that you can tighten it just a few centimeters everytime you want to get a bit further and deepen the stretches in the asanas or loosen it to relax a bit more.
Remember to be gentle and not to tighten it with force - listen to your body and give it the time it needs to open up.
I recommend you to buy a strap with a metal buckle, not with a plastic buckle. It lasts longer and has a better quality.
A yoga wheel is absolutely no must-have, but it's a cool tool for playing around with some yoga postures. Maybe you've seen some yoginis doing acrobatics on it. You can challenge yourself especially with balance postures, but also for gentle back bends, relaxing and heart opening yoga sessions. Yoga wheels are not as low in price as a yoga block or strap but - as I said - it's not essential but might be the tool you have been looking for to challenge yourself that bit more.
As you can see there are only a few necessary tools you should think about when you want to do yoga at home. Yoga equipment doesn't have to be expensive, mostly the basic gear is enough for private use. Now nothing can stop you from starting your yoga journey from the comfort of your own home!