Yoga has long been known to be an excellent form of exercise. It’s low impact, tones muscles and improves flexibility. It’s also great because it requires very little equipment to get started, and yoga products are now widely available online. Due to its accessible nature, yoga is particularly useful for work from home mothers.
With the ongoing pandemic, most mothers have had to do a bit more multitasking than they’re used to. Apart from the daily chores and their jobs, they’ve also had to take on the role of teacher, guidance counsellor, and tutor, all at the same time. With all of these roles to juggle, moms need to look after their health and well-being to not burn out. As such, it’s important for them to always get enough exercise and on that front, yoga is a great solution. Getting started can be a bit tricky, so we’ve put together a quick guide on the essential yoga products you need to build your very own yoga studio in your living space.
Essential Yoga Products
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The best clothes to do yoga in are the clothes you have right now. Throw on your best pair of leggings and a sports bra and you’re good to go. However, if you plan to look for stylish leggings and tops designed for yoga, read on for some key characteristics you should watch out for. Yoga clothes should allow you to move and stretch in any which way possible. They should offer you an ample amount of support without hindering your movements. This is why the best yoga clothes to buy are those made with synthetic fabrics.
These fabrics offer the flexibility and breathability required during a typical yoga session. There are also leggings and athleisure wear specifically designed for yoga. International yoga brands sell clothes that offer extra flexibility and breathability, which can help boost your performance during a class. However, they can be prohibitively expensive. If you’re just starting, try going for leggings that can be used at the gym, at home, and while running errands. That way, you can be sure to get your money’s worth.
To start your yoga practice, you’ll need a comfortable surface to sit, stand, and lie down on. And while you can technically finish a session without using one, a yoga mat can not only make the overall experience more pleasant but also keep you from slipping and hurting yourself. While you can get by with any relatively affordable yoga mat that you can find, it may be worthwhile to invest in one made of high-quality materials. Because these won’t wear down as quickly, they can last for much longer. You may also want to get a yoga mat with specific features, depending on your needs.
For example, if you’re worried about losing your balance and falling over with the mat slipping out from under you, you’ll want a thicker mat that adheres to the floor. If you’re a heavy sweater and tend to slip around on the mat itself, consider a mat that’s absorbent and easy to clean.
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A yoga towel is a towel that runs the length of your mat, offering users a little extra absorbency and support. This is especially effective for heavy sweaters who may find their hands or feet slipping while trying to maintain a pose.
Mat Sling Bag
Another good investment is a sling bag for your mat. A sling bag can protect your mat from the elements and offers an easy way to keep it clean, rolled up, and out of the way.
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Yoga blocks are asymmetrical blocks made from wood, cork, or foam. They act as floor extensions, raising the height of your floor, assisting in your body alignment. As a result, these blocks make it a bit easier to pull off difficult poses such as the triangle pose, the standing forward fold pose, as well as all sorts of restorative poses.
Yoga straps are short harnesses that attach to your wrists or ankles, making it a bit easier for you to reach for your limbs during difficult poses. With a product like this, you won’t accidentally throw your back out trying to do the happy baby pose.
Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Candles
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Essential oils and aromatherapy candles come in relaxing scents like jasmine or chamomile and are proven to ease aches and pains as well as soothe your senses. All these benefits make them a perfect addition to your home yoga studio, as they allow for a much more relaxing meditation session.
Also known as a yoga bolster, this product offers users lots of extra comfort during meditation. Its primary purpose is to provide support and help you get a better stretch while doing restorative poses. With the products above, you can do yoga anytime you want from the comfort of your own home. That being said, before you commit to buying any of the items above, make sure to do your research first. In most cases, you’ll do fine starting with just a yoga mat and whatever else you have at home. After you’ve done a few sessions, you can then determine what other products you need as you go along
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