Because I couldn’t help myself, I wanted to give you guys a handy little guide to all the yoga accouterments you could ever need in your play roo– I mean yoga room ? Oh, and have you seen the 50 Shades movie yet? I haven’t and have not read the books either, but still want to see what the hype is all about! But I’ll wait until it comes out on Redbox so I don’t regret spending $12 on a terribly cheesy over-the-top chick flick, haha.

Also– how do you like the ridiculous picture up there?! The Frenchman made it and it cracked me up!

ANYWAY!!! Here’s what I got for ya:
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1.) Yoga Blocks.
I think two is the magic number, but if you have space to keep four on hand, I’d roll with that. I only have two for the moment but always find myself wishing I had a couple more for different restorative postures. My favorite brand is Manduka, but at $16 a pop, if I’m buying 4 at a time, I’d just go with these which are totally acceptable and will get the same job done. I found these on Amazon.
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2.) A sturdy yoga mat. 
This is a no brainer, but I can confidently recommend two: Manduka’s Black Mat Pro and Lululemon’s The Mat. I have a closet full of every brand out there and they do nothing but collect dust! My favorites are tried and true.

Manduka ‘Black Mat Pro’ Pros: it will last a lifetime and ages like a fine wine! It offers just enough cushion for those boney areas without being squishy and affecting your balance in standing poses. Cons: price ($100) and weight (about 8 lbs– definitely NOT travel friendly). Also, if your hands and feet sweat a lot, this could get slippery. I don’t sweat too much unless I’m in a heated class, so I use this one for 90% of the classes I take. And it’s the one you see in every Bad Yogi video.
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    Lululemon’s ‘The Mat’ Pros: SO sticky and if you sweat a lot, just get this one. The wetter it is, the more it sticks. And it’s noticeably lighter (weighing in at 5.8 lbs) and cheaperthan the Manduka (about $70). You also won’t have to worry about it wearing out quickly; I used mine daily in hot classes for 3+ years, and it’s still in great condition. I never want to give this one up. Cons: if you’re very boney, this one is just slightly less cushy than the Manduka. It’s still great, but I have a SUPER boney spine and I feel it a bit more with this than the other. Another temporary con is the offensively strong smell when it’s brand new. It’s made of rubber and latex (allergen alert!!!), so you’ll need to leave it unrolled for a few days where it can air out. Though once the smell is gone, it’s gone for good  ? Keep in mind that if you get a lighter color than black, it tends to look dirty and streaky from the hand and foot prints.
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3.) A Cozy Bolster. 
I’ve put off buying one for a LONG time and found myself wishing I had it almost every time I practiced. I could only seem to find ones that cost almost $100 and that was just not gonna happen, haha. So I found these which are only $35 and I can totally do that! I don’t have this in my possession yet, but will be buying in the next couple of months so I can’t attest to the quality. The only con to having this is that if you live in a smaller space, it definitely needs some room to store, so consider that before you buy!
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4.) Yoga Strap.
I have to vouch for Manduka again here because their version is just perfect. It’s super long at 10 feet, the material is heavy and sturdy, and there’s no stretch in the material which is what you want (generally). Again, a bit pricier than the cheap ones you can find in discount stores, but worth it, in my opinion.
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Over to you: any favorite products or essentials you’d like to share? Everyone’s preferences are different, so I’d love to hear yours 🙂

 

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