Getting Started With the Basics
There isn’t much that you need for your home yoga practice. It’s easy to get started and there is a good chance that you already have everything that you need. But just in case not, let’s go over the basics with a few extras.
1. You need a nice spot in your home to practice preferably private if possible, although, currently my spot is in a hallway that’s far from private. That won’t always be the case. Don’t stress over it, simply work with what you have and be creative if you need and want to.
2. The least amount of equipment that you need is a yoga mat. Duh! Right? Mats range from a few bucks to a hundred plus. So far, I have bought the ¼ inch thick rubber mats from TJ Maxx. However, there are more eco-friendly mats with lots of different designs that in the end, drive the price up. Honestly, I have my eye out on a top dollar mat because I really like the design and feel that it would be helpful. But in all reality, to get you started, I suggest something that’s simple, inexpensive, and 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick. Later as you progress you can explore the variety of mats and decide whether a more expensive mat is right for you.
3. Since you are practicing at home, you can practice in any clothing. Just make sure it is something that can move freely with you. In other words, nothing binding. You want to feel free in every sense of the word. Funny, the first day I decided to practice yoga, I rolled right out of bed and practiced in my pajamas! I kid you not! I’m pretty sure there are a couple of yoga pictures on Instagram of me practicing in my pj’s!! I have no shame! However, there is a psychological benefit to putting on a pair of leggings and a tank or sports bra that helps to up your game. Experiment and see what feels best to you.
4. There are two other things that I happen to find extremely helpful, which are yoga blocks and a yoga strap belt. These are things that you don’t need right away, but eventually as you progress you will want to invest in them. If money is tight, not to worry … improvise! Use books, boxes or anything that will give you the height that you need (just be safe!) and you can use a regular pants belt for the yoga strap belt. Don’t ever think that you HAVE TO HAVE this or that to practice. Outside of a mat, you don’t HAVE TO HAVE anything else.
That’s it! Yes, there are other tools and props and there are fun and helpful things you can get to set the mood, but for now go with the basics. I want this to be as easy as possible for you to get started so I will save setting the mood and other bells and whistles for other articles.
Feel free to share any favorite yoga equipment you might have and let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below. Until the next time ….