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Tips & Tools for your Home Yoga Practice

December 16, 2019

By: Autumn Mulgrew | @afterrsummer

Yoga is one of the best exercises you can do to target strength, flexibility, as well as practice mindfulness, presence, and connection to your breath. Practicing yoga can mean many different things, from simple meditation to complex inversions and sequences. The time and expense of a yoga studio is sometimes just not feasible for busy schedules, so a great alternative is to practice right from the comfort of your own home! There are tons of resources out there to consider for at home yoga practices and general workouts. Yoga requires almost no equipment, a basic yoga mat will suffice. However, if you’ve been practicing for awhile and are interested in taking your yoga to the next level, more equipment is definitely recommended. There are so many yoga supplies and products out there that can help you unleash all of your yogi potential!


5 Tools to Help take your Yoga Practice to the Next Level

It may seem hard to get in a good yoga practice without a teacher at the front of the room instructing you through each pose. However, there are several resources available for you to get a studio equivalent practice right in your living room!

Youtube

When I first started practicing yoga in 2017, I took advantage of the many free classes offered on Youtube. My favorite channel was Yoga with Adriene since she seemed to have a yoga class for anything you could possibly think of! Yoga for runners, yoga for a sore back, morning yoga, power yoga, even a rainy day yoga class. You can find her on Youtube by searching Yoga with Adriene, as well as on Instagram @adrienelouise. Boho Beautiful is also a great channel, especially if you are interested in clean eating and other fitness programs like pilates. If variety is what you’re looking for, I would definitely start with Youtube.

Paid Apps and Subscriptions

I recently downloaded the Playbook app for a 12 day challenge I did with @findingmorgantyler called #RiseAndShineWithMorgan. I enjoyed it so much, I kept my subscription and I now have unlimited access to the playbook app for an entire year, which I’m honestly pretty pumped about. There are so many other yoga teachers and workout trainers that post videos on a regular basis. I have made a habit of finding a short workout to do first thing every morning and the Playbook app makes it easy to search for whatever type of workout I’m feeling! Better yet, teachers and trainers that provide workout videos don’t require any equipment, which makes practicing at home even easier. I’ve enjoyed Morgan’s videos so far, and I’m excited to explore all the different workouts and trainers!

Yoga Blocks

Yoga blocks offer different variations for almost every yoga pose! They are great for bringing the floor closer to you for poses that aren’t quite available to you yet, as well as for deepening your postures if you need more out of your practice. Use them under your hands in downward dog to get a deeper shoulder stretch, or beneath your seat in bridge pose to relieve tension. WIth all of the different options, I would consider getting a set of harder blocks (cork works best) and a set of softer blocks to take full advantage of the benefits yoga blocks have to offer. Gaiam has a large variety of yoga gear for really great prices, so I would definitely start there for basic yoga blocks.

Bolsters and Wheels

Similar to blocks, but not quite as necessary for a basic yoga practice, yoga wheels and bolsters for yoga are also great items to add to your yoga equipment collection. The yoga wheel can help tremendously for backbending and heart opening poses. I can tell you from experience, my wheel pose has gotten significantly better since I started using my yoga wheel. I also use my wheel to support myself in forearm stand and handstand.  Placing a wheel next to a wall and kicking up into a handstand with your forehead resting on the wheel is a great way to practice balance!

If you are looking to expand your meditation practice, a bolster for yoga is a great investment. Bolsters offer more comfort and relaxing options for many different yoga poses. Place in under your stomach in child’s pose, sit on it for meditation, or lay on it on your back for a comfortable heart opener. Meditation pillows, acupressure mats, and yoga blankets are other items that are great for a relaxing meditation practice.


Yoga Mat

Yoga really only requires a mat, which could come in the form of an exercise mat, floor mat, or even no mat if you have some grippy socks on hand! Finding the perfect yoga mat can be hard, especially with thousands of options from hundreds of yoga companies claiming to have the best product. Travel mats can be nice, but they are usually too thin and offer hardly any grip. Rubber yoga mats have the best grip but they are heavy and hard to roll up and store away easily. In my experience, the best yoga mat is one that you don’t ever have to put away, looks nice in your home, and is large enough for any exercise. Tada Rugs offers just that: a double-wide, extra-long yoga mat disguised as an area rug. It’s the ultimate mat for the perfect at home yoga practice.  

 

 

 

 

Autumn is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away.  Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration.  Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials!  Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website!  Tie a room together and bring your practice home.

 

 



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