Us yogis. we love our props! Whether at home or in the studio, yoga accessories can take your experience from so-so to juicy and rich! Here’s how:
The Reehut Yoga Block Will Help You Deepen Poses And Improve Balance and Flexibility
The block or blocks can be used to support the body in finding the perfect posture. In challenging postures- a block can be a way to get into a pose with less stress on the body. In more gentle postures the block is helpful to open up target areas of the body with little to no effort. I particularly like the foam blocks better than wood, they have more give. Amazon has plenty of blocks for purchase, one in particular that stands out are Peace Yoga Foam Exercise Blocks that you can choose the color and sizes for there Under $10!
Promising review: “Can’t really argue with the price and these are fantastic for my wife and I both. Since she is much more flexible, she can lay the block down so it’s lower than if you stand the block up on one of the two sides.. of course, I use the higher sides but it’s great we can share these and with three different sides, really helps us try new exercises without hurting ourselves!” – JKinGA
Some studios provide the authentic Mexican style blanket we’ve all seemed to adapt to our practice, but it’s sure nice to have your own! Being in charge of how your blanket is treated, when its washed and who are using it are just a few examples of the luxuries of having your own blanket. I don’t know about you, but I can cozy up more comfortably to my own blanket versus a communal one! On Amazon, ‘Authentic Mexican Yoga Falsa Blanket (Assorted)’is sold for exactly $10.
Promising review: “I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews on this item but it was exactly what I thought it would be and love it! I bought one just like this at a gas station of all places and kept looking for others. After reading the reviews on here I was worried it wouldn’t be the same good quality as the one I already had. Once I got it, I found it its the same great quality! Not too thin, I can’t stick my fingers through it like others have said. This will be perfect for when I practice yin yoga or cuddle on the couch. Great product, will probably buy a couple more.” – Erin Althaus
The Water Bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated all the time, especially after a vigorous hot Yoga class! Carrying a water bottle with you all the time and most definitely to class is important not only for your health but also for the environment. Us yogis like to keep the planet clean, safe and protected for all beings and support everyone to buy a permanent water bottle. The ‘Nalgene Tritan 32oz Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle’ is a favorite of mine- lots of water and easy to clean.
Promising review: “Love this water bottle! The measurements on the side help me keep track of how much I’m drinking per ounce and encourages me to drink the recommended daily amount of water. It’s made of very durable plastic and the top has a nifty handle so I can carry the bottle to and from work, exercise, etc. Once open, the lid doesn’t swing around and hit you in the face like other brands do. Also, it doesn’t give the water that “weird plastic taste”, just tastes like water! Keeps water cold for decent amount of time out of the refrigerator. Exterior bottle has slight ‘sweat’ to it, which I prefer. Easy to clean with dish wand. I will be purchasing many more of these 32 ounce Nalgene water bottles in the future!” – Melissa
Want to further your relaxation experience in the savanna (corpse pose) or in your favorite restorative class? Lavender Eye pillows are such a lovely way to do this! The weight, the scent and the darkness that the Eye Pillow creates will help deeply relax your body and mind. I was able to find one on Amazon for a bit more than $10, but it’s worth it, the Premium Lavender Eye Pillow, Cassia Seed & Lavender Aromatherapy Eye Mask Travel Pillow for Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation, Soothing Stress, and Headache Relief.’
Promising review: “I plan on using this product 1. during restorative yoga poses at the end of my yoga sessions, 2. during meditation, 3. for headaches & congestion, and 4. to block the light because I often have to sleep during days when my toddler keeps me up all night. It’s so hard to get in a nap when the sun is glaring through my curtain into my face.” – Margo
Want to keep the hair out of your face in downward dog or sweat from entering your eyes when concentrating on your favorite balancing pose? A headband can be an essential addition to your Yoga practice. ‘Oureamod Wide Headbands for Men and Women Athletic Moisture Wicking Headwear for Sports, Workout, Yoga Multi-Function’ on Amazon.
Promising review: “Great product. Like to use headbands but wanted wider than I can find in stores. For the price these are great little headbands with a variety of other styles, all pictured on the packaging. They do not slide off.” – Sandra H.
Speaking of sweat- having your own Yoga towel in class and in your practice is a good idea. Whether your a hot Yoga lover or just tend to slip around on the mat from time to time, a yoga towel is nice to have. Check out Yoga Mates Yoga towels on Amazon for an affordable and quality towel to add to your practice.
Promising review: “I frequent the gym a lot and stretching is very important. I have a yoga mat, but using it over and over again poses a sanitation issue. I have to remember to wash it. I don’t so I am always using gym towels over the mat. This yoga towel mat eliminates me having to use a gym towel that never covers the entire yoga mat. It is the same size as the mat and serves as a cover over the mat. I love the fact that it is made out of towel like material, because I can just throw it in my gym bag when I am finished and wash it with everything else. It is great for yoga and stretching!” – Hawkins’ Corner
Adding a Yoga Strap to your practice is crucial! For the people that can’t touch their toes and for the people that are on their way to becoming a human pretzel- the Yoga Strap is here to help. This prop helps you to get into poses that you might not have been able to do otherwise. The brand Clever Yoga is sold on Amazon and those straps are worthy of your practice.
All 7 of these props are going to be wonderful additions to the Yoga Lovers and even the Yoga Skeptics (but willing to try it out), practice!
Promising review: “I didn’t think I needed to buy a yoga strap since a rolled up towel or a similar makeshift tool has seemed sufficient thus far. However, I realized I was holding myself back by not having something longer and more versatile. I have only recently purchased this strap, but I can tell it will be instrumental in further exploring my yoga practice. The strap feels good in my hands and feels very sturdy without being too stiff. I also love the vibrant purple color! I included a photo of the strap before use because I really appreciated the tidy, professional packaging. There was also a thank you note inside the packaging that was a nice, personal touch! Overall, I couldn’t be happier. Thank you, Clever Yoga!” – R.