Many yoga studios have temporarily closed their doors as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, but many yogis may still seek a way to practice their flow on a regular basis. Whether you’re new to the world of yoga or you’ve been practicing for years, there’s never been a better time to revitalize your yogic efforts by starting a practice in your own home. In this helpful guide from Ghost Flower, we’ll give you the information on the essentials you’ll need to start practicing yoga in your home right away.
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Here are the essential items you’ll need to begin your at-home yoga practice:
- Yoga Mat
- Small Towel
- 2 Or More Yoga Blocks
- Comfy & Cute Yoga Clothes
- Follow-Along Flow Videos
If you could only have one essential with which to start your practice, it should definitely be a proper yoga mat. Yoga mats are typically made of a plastic, rubber, or foam compound, but some suppliers also offer plant-based yoga mats made from cotton, hemp, and jute.
Regardless of the material you select, just be sure you’re comfortable with practicing poses on it, and check to see that’s long enough for your individual height. Most yoga mats are anywhere from 68 to 80 inches long, with an average thickness of one-eighth to one-quarter of an inch.
It goes without saying, but you’re likely to sweat as you go through your flow, so a small towel is a must-have before starting your home practice. In addition to cleaning perspiration from your body, a hand towel or washcloth can also be used as a support tool or a replacement for a strap in certain yoga poses.
You may wish to have two or even three towels on hand if you plan to incorporate them as supplements in your yoga practice. Once you’ve finished your flow, you should use one of your small towels — plus a cleaning solution — to disinfect your mat. To avoid scratching or damaging your yoga mat, we recommend using a microfiber cloth or a soft hand towel.
A Bundle Of Yoga Blocks
Whether you’re trying out a tricky new pose or you have an injury that limits your mobility, you may need some extra support every now and then in your practice — which is exactly what yoga blocks are designed to provide!
In addition to providing stability and support in certain poses, such as pigeon or bridge pose, yoga blocks can also help you improve your flexibility and safely stretch your muscles without risk of overextension. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose between a synthetic or natural material for your yoga blocks.
Keep in mind that foam and manufactured blocks will generally be less expensive, whereas natural blocks made from bamboo and wood will be a little pricier. Whatever you ultimately choose as your yoga blocks, you’ll be making a great investment for your in-home yoga practice.
Even if you don’t care very much about fashion, you have to admit that the clothes you wear can make a difference — for better or worse — when you’re practicing yoga. It’s important to find clothing that is both breathable and comfortable, keeping your body temperature relatively stable and your energy channels in alignment as you progress through your flow.
Ghost Flower yoga clothing is designed with both inner and external energy channels in mind. Our yoga apparel and activewear for women is designed to draw upon natural elements such as fire and water, while stimulating and harnessing the vital “chi” force that flows through your body. You can find the element and the body meridians that correspond with your needs by exploring our exclusive Ghost Flower Elements collection.
Yoga Flow Resources
When you’ve acquired all of the above essentials, all that’s left to ensure your yoga practice proceeds flawlessly is finding the right kind of flow to meet your physical and spiritual needs. You can find lots of instructive flow videos and resources online, including those from our yoga pros at Ghost Flower.
Whether you’re feeling a need for grounding and Earth energy stimulation, or you need to rise above it all with an Air-focused flow, you can find a variety of chi-channeling yoga flow videos inspired by the natural elements on our official activewear site.
Get Started With Your Home Yoga Practice
Now that you have the five fundamental pieces of yoga gear on hand, you’re totally prepared to take on the challenges and reap the rewards of a home-based practice. You can find more resources for curious yogis on our main blog page, or indulge your inner shopaholic by exploring our online collections of women’s athleisure and yoga apparel. When it comes to perfecting your yoga practice, whether it’s at home or in the studio, Ghost Flower has what you need to find your flow.