Create Your Own Yoga Space at Home
You just can’t beat 24/7 access to the yoga studio.
Sometimes gathering with your friends at the yoga studio is part of the experience - and sometimes it’s not. It’s not always convenient to pack up in the car and drive to yoga. And it sure isn’t as convenient as being able to walk down the hall and be at the studio within seconds.
What You’ll Need
You got the list, now where to find the yoga gear? There are countless brands and styles to choose from, a fact that is likely going to get overwhelming quickly. The high dollar items are yoga mats, which can run you between $60 and $120 for a quality product. But don’t worry, we did the digging for you and we listed the best yoga mats for you.
Once you get the yoga mat, match it with some quality yoga blocks. We stress “quality” because the entire purpose of the yoga block is to provide maximum comfort while performing the exercise and to help improve the alignment of your body. You want blocks that will last and provide the support you need. Again, we’ve curated a list of the best yoga blocks for you.
Of course yoga isn’t all about the core-strengthening poses, it’s also about arm strength and body toning. Yoga straps come in a wide range of levels, from light resistance (easier to stretch) to heavy-duty strength (harder to stretch.) Browse our collection of the best yoga straps.
Yoga Meditation Cushion
As the name implies, this is a soft, but firm sitting cushion that allows for serious comfort and allows your body to relax and your mind to be at ease. Since this, above all the other items on the list, can have a list of options a mile long, we’ve narrowed down the search to the best yoga meditation cushions available.
Set Up Your Studio
Now that you have the yoga equipment you need, it’s time to decide which area of your home is going to be your designated yoga studio (if you haven’t already.) The beauty of this process is that it doesn’t have to be permanent. You don’t have to turn your home office or guest bedroom into your home studio and flip your world upside-down. Since the yoga equipment is relatively small and lightweight, your studio is mobile - and as flexible as many of the poses require you to be!
Decide what the most serene place in your home is and make that your studio, even if it’s just for an hour a day. Choose a room with little foot traffic and even less noise in order to allow your mind to get into the rhythm it needs.
Choosing a place for your yoga studio at home shouldn’t be stressful, so don’t let it be.
Set Up Your Schedule
As the sole yoga student at your home yoga studio, you get to set the schedule. Morning, lunchtime, evening or late night, it’s your call when class happens. However, pick a time and stick to it. Just like everything else in life, working on a set schedule helps ensure something happens time and again.
The flip side of the convenience of having a home studio means you may feel that you have the ability to push things off, such class time, and simply “get to it later.” You have to purge that kind of thinking or the whole concept of doing yoga at home is just that, a concept. A home yoga studio is also a practice in self-discipline, which can be a good thing.
Put your yoga class times into Google or Apple Calendar to remind you if and when life gets a little chaotic. If nothing else, the daily reminders will be a nudge in the right direction of keeping up with your schedule.
BONUS: Yoga Resources
Other popular streaming options include YogaDownload, Grokker, Glo, and Black Swan Yoga TV. Yoga apps, like Pocket Yoga and Asana Rebel offer yoga on-the-go, And if you're familiar with common poses and you feel comfortable following an audio workout, YogaDownload offers free, 20-minute flows through their podcast.