I can’t quite believe I’ve been teaching online for four months now and wow have I learnt a lot! Thank you everyone who has joined me on ZOOM, for your continued support and for sharing your home space to practice together online.
I will be continuing virtual classes as well as small garden yoga sessions over the summer. Due to the virus, I am unable to provide props like I usually do. If you haven’t already bought your own mat etc, maybe now is the time you’d like to invest in some yoga props. However if you’re on a budget there are ways you can improvise with props you already have at home.
- Yoga mat
The most essential prop that you need is a yoga mat. There are so many on the market at different price points. A cheaper option and the ones provided in the studio is the Yoga Studio 6mm Sticky Yoga Mat. These are good value for money but if you’re looking for something a little more supportive with a better grip it’s worth investing a little more. My personal favourite is the Lululemon Reversible Mat 5mm, as it’s thicker, wider and offers greater support and cushioning.
- Yoga blocks
Blocks help you to get deeper into your practice, by giving you the support and access to certain poses. They also help with balance and creating space in the body as well as supporting you in restorative poses. If you don’t have yoga blocks you can always use thick books as a substitute, but it’s worth purchasing a couple if you can. They can be made of cork, wood or foam, I would personally recommend the thicker EVA foam blocks measuring 22 x 15 x 7 cm.
A strap can make all the difference to your practice too, as they help increase length and space in the body safely. A strap is like an extension of your arm or leg that helps gain access into a pose. You can use any belt you have at home or purchase a yoga strap.
When I first used a bolster it completely transformed my yoga practice. By placing a bolster as support under my knees, it brought a whole new experience to Savasana (relaxation pose). A bolster brings so many other benefits to the practice too, especially in restorative yoga poses. A good way to substitute a yoga bolster is by using a couple of firm pillows and wrapping a blanket around them. I recommend Yoga Studio’s buckwheat bolster for around £35.
Having a blanket can also provide extra cushioning and comfort to your practice. Either placing it over the body in resting poses, providing support underneath the back of your head or as additional support under the knees.
It’s always good to have extra cushions around for restorative yoga. They can also help support and adjust the pelvis in any seated poses.