At home yoga studio essentials

At Home Yoga Studio Essentials

June 15, 2020shemindfully

If you’re like me, there’s nothing better than going to a calm, zen yoga studio when you need centering (or a good workout). During times like these it’s not possible to go to an actual studio, so I’ve been looking into what is needed to create an at home yoga studio! It actually isn’t as complicated as it sounds, but I’ll break it down for you.

A little disclaimer, Amazon and Yoga Outlet have been super useful in putting together my space and I am currently an affiliate for both. This simply means any links within this post may contain an affiliate link, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase a product through my link. It costs nothing extra to you!

Practice Essentials

Yoga Mat

Obviously we will need a yoga mat! When we think of yoga this is one of the first things that comes to mind. Being that they are super portable and can be used in most spaces, it would just be silly to not have one. There are a variety of different mat types depending on what type of yoga you will be using it for, and depending on your physical needs.

I won’t claim to be any sort of expert when it comes to choosing a mat, but there are a ton of different guides on the internet. Perhaps I’ll do a separate post to explain further the difference between yoga mats. But for now, you can reference this article to help you decide!

yoga mat

The mat that I have is from Jade Yoga. I bought this one in particular because I wanted a thin mat with good grip. Annnnd this one definitely does.

I used it to do mid day yoga outside in North Carolina summer heat, and lets just say I had zero slip and lots of sweat.

I also really enjoyed this mat because it is made of natural rubbers, emission free manufacturing, and for every mat sold they will plant a tree. What’s better?!!?

Strap

I’ll admit, I was a non-believer in the strap until recently. I kept thinking to myself, I don’t need that, I’ll just stretch and stretch until I’m able to get deep enough in a pose where I feel satisfied. Shameful, isn’t it?

I recently came to my senses and realized that having a strap is useful in helping guide you into deeper stretches safely. Sure we can just yank around our limbs until we’re able to mirror the person we’re trying to copy, but that also increases our risk of injury. And we don’t want that.

yoga strap

I got my strap from Yoga Outlet for $5.00. It’s from the brand Everyday Yoga and has worked well for me! I liked that they had a variety of colors to choose from. My personal yoga studio uses purple straps but I chose to get a tan one because I love neutrals.

There are also a ton on Amazon for various prices. Regardless of where you look, they are fairly cheap and always affordable!

Yoga Block

Here’s another little guy that I had told myself I probably didn’t need and would be just fine without. Once again, I was incorrect. The block is essential when working on balance and posture. Instead of forcing yourself into a pose you can slowly progress towards the full posture using a block at various levels.

Even if you think you don’t need it, it is probably going to be useful at some point. Also, I would recommend getting two. I only have one currently but have found myself in a few situations where two would be much better. For instance, when doing a standing split having one on each side would be a lot easier than trying to get both hands onto one block in front of me.

yoga block

My block is from Yoga Outlet (again) and is Gaiam brand. It was about $10 which seems to be a pretty standard price. On Amazon you can find them anywhere from $5 to $25 depending on brand.

Accessories

Bolster

A bolster is typically used in restorative yoga practice. Its main purpose is to help soften into poses and create relaxation. It’s not a total necessity, but if you find yourself practicing restorative or yin yoga from time to time it’ll make life easier!

yoga bolster

Towel

A yoga towel is very very useful! I used to think this was kind of silly if I’m being honest. But they’re honestly quite useful if you find yourself getting sweaty and slippery during practice! If you attend hot yoga classes I’m sure you’re familiar with the slippery mat slide… it’s not a good time. Definitely consider investing in a cute yoga towel that you can use at home or tote with you to class!

yoga towel

Studio Room Essentials

When it comes down to it, we want this space to be open, inviting, and relaxing. Ambient lighting is best and ideally a room free from other distractions. While I know this may not be possible for some, you can always create a little corner in a room just big enough for a mat to fit! I’ve compiled a list of some items that I feel can really transform even the smallest space into a zen yoga haven.

Diffuser

When creating my at home yoga studio, one of the first things on my list was a diffuser. Why? Well, honestly, because the yoga studio I was attending last summer often used aromatherapy during the classes and I loved it. I love good smells and therefore adding this into my practice just makes it all the more enjoyable.

Of course there’s tons of information out there about the benefits of essential oils, so I won’t go into all of that. Just note that some reported benefits of various oils include…

Amazon has a ton of diffusers, but here are a few I was looking at when selecting which one I wanted:

Salt Lamp

A salt rock lamp has become a staple in insta influencer bedrooms across the platform. Not only is it cute and stylish, it’s intended to serve a purpose. It is reported that salt rock lamp benefits include cleansing and purifying air, calming allergies, alleviating common cold symptoms, boosting blood flow and raising energy levels.

Therefore, having it in your at home yoga studio is a fun idea because who wouldn’t want all of these calming yet energizing benefits in their yoga space?!

Candles

This is just a given. Who doesn’t love a good candle light to practice by?! I’m also just a fiend for candles in general, so I may be a bit biased. There’s a lot of talk about the use of colored candles for intention setting and manifestation, so you could use this method to choose which candles you want to use in your at home yoga studio.

Or you can be more like me and just pick ones that smell really nice and give off a good amount of light. Here are some of my current faves:

Music

This is something I go back and forth with. Some days, I really just want to practice in silence or in nature, listening to birds chirping and trees swaying in the wind.

Other days, I want upbeat pop songs to power through some vinyasas with. And on other days I like ambient music to set a calm, relaxing space.

Yoga Apparel

Probably the most fun part of the at home yoga studio experience is the wardrobe! I don’t know about you, but when I watch other people’s videos or look at pictures from other yoginis I feel like the outfit completes the pose. Yoga apparel has become a fashion statement of its own, plus it just feels great to look cute while working out!

Actually, Yoga Outlet is having a great sale right now with 25% off all clothing.

Yoga Apps

A lot of yoga studios have been doing virtual classes during the recent stay at home period, but soon we will all be returning to life as usual and these will probably (sadly) end. There are a variety of apps you can use to customize and guide your at home yoga practice. I honestly rotate through them depending on what I’m needing or wanting that day.

Note that none of the below app links are affiliate links and are solely recommended based on my own experience and usage of the apps!

Down Dog

Down dog has a variety of yoga sequences designed to never build the exact same sequence twice. You plug in what you’re looking for that day (see below) and then press start! There is also a Down Dog Yoga for Beginners App if you are brand new to the practice. For the time being they are running a promotion for 33% off subscriptions, and I believe they are also doing an extended free trial period to give more people access to the app.

Practyce

Practyce has unlimited online yoga and meditation classes. With any purchase from Yoga Outlet you get a 30 day free trial which is two weeks longer than the standard 2 week free trial they advertise on their website. Seems like a great deal to me!

Good Ol’ YouTube

When in doubt, or in a pinch financially, you can always use YouTube! There are thousands of yoga videos on YouTube. Finding the right one for you may take some time but I’m sure there is something for everyone there. If you’re more of a beginner, Yoga with Adriene is good. If you’re more intermediate-advanced I’d go for Fightmaster Yoga.

Hope This Helped!

I hope this article helps you to build your very own at home yoga studio! If you use any of the above links to purchase items for your new space, be sure to let me know by commenting below or tagging me on social media!

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