Get Your Om On

Yoga definitely isn’t just for hippies and stay-at-home moms anymore.  Even the fittest athletes have found the benefits of a good practice: clear mind, deep stretching and, of course, a stronger body.  With studios popping up everywhere, it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t at least tried one of yoga’s many varieties.  Whether you’re just getting started or have been taking classes for years, we’ve picked out some of our favorite yoga gear that will give your practice the boost it needs.

New to Yoga?
No problem.  But there’s also no need to spend a ton of money on a fancy mat at this point. Target is your best bet for reasonably priced but effective mats, blocks and bands, as well as any new work out clothes you might need.

Not into Classes?
There’s really no need to buy blocks and bands if you’re practicing at a studio, since most have sets of their own.  But they’re a good investment if you’re going to be following a DVD, like Amazon’s top-rated Yoga for Beginners Boxed Set (Yoga for Stress Relief / AM-PM Yoga for Beginners / Essential Yoga for Inflexible People).  Want something a little more challenging to try from home?  Try Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown.
And if cost is what’s holding you back, check out Yoga to the People and find out if this awesome organization is offering free yoga classes in your city.

Looking to Upgrade?
Once you’ve spent some time practicing yoga and have identified what you want to get out of it, there will be some investments you’ll want to make to improve the time you spend on the mat.

  • If you’re practicing regularly, you should invest in a quality, no-frills but ultra-resilient mat like the Manduka PROLite Yoga Mat.
  • If you’re getting into Bikram (hot) yoga, or simply don’t like sliding around on your mat, we recommend The Mat from Lululemon.  It’s reversible: one side is more cushiony while the other stays grippy even when you’re dripping sweat. As an added bonus, this mat is also antimicrobial and easy to clean.  If you’re not looking to give up your old mat, we love the Yogitoes Skidless Mat Size Towel, which can be placed over your old mat and will keep you from sliding around.
  • If you’re more into yoga for the spiritual benefits, we highly recommend reading Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga.  Not heavy reading by any means, this book gives you one topic per practice to meditate on or set as your intention.

Namaste Y’all!

5 Responses to “Get Your Om On”
  1. Good stuff! I definitely hope you keep it coming. I do a lot of work on maintaining balance and stress management with my life coaching clients, and I think a lot of them need yoga more than anything. Glad I found this post, it’s a very encouraging resource for me to pass along.

  2. Reblogged this on Life & Career Coaching with Marie Wetmore and commented:
    Just had to share this. Yoga is often a great compliment to Life Coaching but but many people are beginners and don’t know where to start. I love the resources and little tips this article shares. Enjoy getting your Om on.

  3. Thanks for the amazon recommendation. I’m always looking for a yoga program that I can do at home that will still be as effective as going to a class. There are so many on the market it’s hard to chose.

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