Everything You Need For An At-Home Yoga Practice (According To The Pros)

Karina Hoshikawa

You've probably talked to a friend, family member, coworker, or even yourself during the past few months about getting into yoga during your time stuck at home. But, whether it's seeing fit-fluencers pulling off perfect wheel poses on Instagram or feeling straight-up lost during live Zoom classes, starting your practice can be a little bit intimidating. So, we're here to help you ease into it by pairing tips from a yoga pro with products that will turn your space into a bonafide studio.

"It’s so important for people to release their ideas of what yoga is supposed to be, and make it yours," yoga instructor and author of an upcoming book, Yoga Doesn’t Care If You’re Flexible, LaToya Maria tells Refinery29. "That’s my favorite thing to say in classes: 'Let it be yours.'" Another thing to remind yourself of when getting started is to not put too much pressure on the physical benefits of yoga — "You don’t need to treat it like it’s [just] exercise because it’s not," Maria says. "Yoga is an opportunity to care for your body, your breath, and your mind."

Ahead, everything from some pro-approved yoga basics to a few bonus props that will challenge your body and help you build your best at-home practice.

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<h3>Clever Non-Slip Yoga Mat</h3> <br>"If you are able to purchase props, my favorite yoga mat is a Clever yoga mat," says <a href="https://www.instagram.com/yogabrielle.elle/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gabrielle Mariah Roberts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Gabrielle Mariah Roberts</a>, a Minneapolis-based yoga instructor and founder of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/612jungle/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:612 Jungle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">612 Jungle</a> tells us. "It's a little pricey, but very slip resistant!" <br><br><strong>Clever Yoga</strong> Yoga Mat Non Slip, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3d2zfED" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Clever Non-Slip Yoga Mat


"If you are able to purchase props, my favorite yoga mat is a Clever yoga mat," says Gabrielle Mariah Roberts, a Minneapolis-based yoga instructor and founder of 612 Jungle tells us. "It's a little pricey, but very slip resistant!"

Clever Yoga Yoga Mat Non Slip, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Lululemon Reversible Yoga Mat</h3> <br>Another instructor fave? Lululemon's mats, which are equal parts stylish and durable. "I teach enchanted flow, which is rooted in feminine yoga, so there’s a lot of moving and heat energy," Maria says. "You feel really supported on the Lululemon mats — I’ve been using them for a long time."<br><br><strong>lululemon</strong> The Reversible Mat 3mm, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.lululemon.com%2Fp%2Fall-gifts-for-her%2FThe-Reversible-Mat-3%2F_%2Fprod6750168" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:lululemon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">lululemon</a><br>

Lululemon Reversible Yoga Mat


Another instructor fave? Lululemon's mats, which are equal parts stylish and durable. "I teach enchanted flow, which is rooted in feminine yoga, so there’s a lot of moving and heat energy," Maria says. "You feel really supported on the Lululemon mats — I’ve been using them for a long time."

lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm, $, available at lululemon
<h3>Manduka PROlite™ Yoga Mat</h3> <br>"At home, I have a Manduka Prolite mat," Roberts says. "[It's] not too heavy and has tons of cushion."<br><br><strong>Manduka</strong> PROlite™ Yoga Mat, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zappos.com%2Fp%2Fmanduka-prolite-yoga-mat-dresden-blue%2Fproduct%2F7690994%2Fcolor%2F155935" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zappos" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zappos</a><br>

Manduka PROlite™ Yoga Mat


"At home, I have a Manduka Prolite mat," Roberts says. "[It's] not too heavy and has tons of cushion."

Manduka PROlite™ Yoga Mat, $, available at Zappos
<h3>Yoga Mat Towel</h3> <br>In addition to feeling extra soft and providing a layer of extra support, a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/yoga-towel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:yoga towel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">yoga towel</a> can be rolled up to provide muscle massage when incorporated into hips and back stretches.<br><br><strong>AmazonBasics</strong> Yoga Exercise Mat Towel, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2V6fnuL" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Yoga Mat Towel


In addition to feeling extra soft and providing a layer of extra support, a yoga towel can be rolled up to provide muscle massage when incorporated into hips and back stretches.

AmazonBasics Yoga Exercise Mat Towel, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Natural Cork Yoga Block<br></h3> <br>"For blocks, there's no need to spend a crazy amount," Roberts tells us. "If you have extra change, you can get the cork blocks — they're a little bit more sturdy." <br><br><strong>Gaiam</strong> Natural Cork Yoga Block Standard 4 Inch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.yogaoutlet.com%2Fproducts%2Fgaiam-natural-cork-yoga-block-standard-4-inch-45967" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yoga Outlet" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Yoga Outlet</a><br>

Natural Cork Yoga Block


"For blocks, there's no need to spend a crazy amount," Roberts tells us. "If you have extra change, you can get the cork blocks — they're a little bit more sturdy."

Gaiam Natural Cork Yoga Block Standard 4 Inch, $, available at Yoga Outlet
<h3>Yoga Wheel</h3> <br>"When it comes to props that I personally use, I love yoga wheels," Maria says. While not necessary for most poses, wheels offer back support during bridge poses, in addition to stretching the shoulder, spine, and hips. <br><br><strong>Reehut</strong> Yoga Wheel for Back Pain, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2UNrKLv" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Yoga Wheel


"When it comes to props that I personally use, I love yoga wheels," Maria says. While not necessary for most poses, wheels offer back support during bridge poses, in addition to stretching the shoulder, spine, and hips.

Reehut Yoga Wheel for Back Pain, $, available at Amazon
<h3>A Really Good Playlist<br></h3> <br>Both of our experts agreed that the power of music isn't to be underestimated during your yoga flow. "You don't see many Black people or people of color in yoga classes, and I feel like that 100% has to do with the fact that it's not relatable to them," Roberts says of the inspiration behind her studio. "One common thing that a lot of people can come together about is music; I wanted to reach the people in my community, and give them the opportunity to experience what I experienced in a way that felt good and relatable for them." Maria agrees: "Turn on your favorite music and just go for it," she says. "Just moving your body is a beautiful form of yoga."<br><br><strong>Kreafunk</strong> aGO Bluetooth Speaker, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.verishop.com%2Fkreafunk%2Fspeakers%2Fago-bluetooth-speaker%2Fp4162547908631" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verishop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verishop</a><br>

A Really Good Playlist


Both of our experts agreed that the power of music isn't to be underestimated during your yoga flow. "You don't see many Black people or people of color in yoga classes, and I feel like that 100% has to do with the fact that it's not relatable to them," Roberts says of the inspiration behind her studio. "One common thing that a lot of people can come together about is music; I wanted to reach the people in my community, and give them the opportunity to experience what I experienced in a way that felt good and relatable for them." Maria agrees: "Turn on your favorite music and just go for it," she says. "Just moving your body is a beautiful form of yoga."

Kreafunk aGO Bluetooth Speaker, $, available at Verishop
<h3>Yoga Mat Strap</h3> <br>A yoga strap can help target and deepen your cool-down stretches (it's a game-changer for hamstrings) to improve flexibility. Bonus: This Athleta one can also be used to hold your mat when you're all done.<br><br><strong>Athleta</strong> Find your Bind Mat Strap, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fathleta.gap.com%2Fbrowse%2Fproduct.do%3Fpid%3D530602012%26vid%3D1%26tid%3Datpl000037" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Athleta" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Athleta</a><br>

Yoga Mat Strap


A yoga strap can help target and deepen your cool-down stretches (it's a game-changer for hamstrings) to improve flexibility. Bonus: This Athleta one can also be used to hold your mat when you're all done.

Athleta Find your Bind Mat Strap, $, available at Athleta
<h3>Cylinder Bolster Pillow</h3> <br>A firm, cylindrical bolster pillow can be a great way to ground you and offer support to backbends, child's pose, pigeon, and more. <br><br><strong>AllSett</strong> Bamboo Navy Round Cervical Roll Cylinder Bolster Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3hvjLwj" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Cylinder Bolster Pillow


A firm, cylindrical bolster pillow can be a great way to ground you and offer support to backbends, child's pose, pigeon, and more.

AllSett Bamboo Navy Round Cervical Roll Cylinder Bolster Pillow, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Non-Slip Yoga Ankle Socks</h3> <br>If you find yourself constantly readjusting your position during a downward-facing dog, investing in a pair of grippy socks can help you move through your flow with total stability.<br><br><strong>Bella</strong> Womens Yoga Socks Mary Jane with Grips S/M Non Slip Ankle Socks (Black), $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FWomens-Yoga-Socks-Mary-Jane-with-Grips-S-M-Non-Slip-Ankle-Socks-Black%2F489245655" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a><br>

Non-Slip Yoga Ankle Socks


If you find yourself constantly readjusting your position during a downward-facing dog, investing in a pair of grippy socks can help you move through your flow with total stability.

Bella Womens Yoga Socks Mary Jane with Grips S/M Non Slip Ankle Socks (Black), $, available at Walmart
<h3>Your Bed & Pillows</h3> <br> "Your yoga practice can look like waking up in the morning and taking ten full, deep breaths — that's something," Maria says. "Try grabbing your pillows and allowing them to support you for restorative, or yin, yoga. A soft surface is your friend when trying to explore new poses."<br><br><strong>Joss & Main</strong> Statler Cotton Geometric Lumbar Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jossandmain.com%2Fdecor-pillows%2Fpdp%2Fstatler-cotton-geometric-lumbar-pillow-j000326303.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Joss & Main" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Joss & Main</a><br>

Your Bed & Pillows


"Your yoga practice can look like waking up in the morning and taking ten full, deep breaths — that's something," Maria says. "Try grabbing your pillows and allowing them to support you for restorative, or yin, yoga. A soft surface is your friend when trying to explore new poses."

Joss & Main Statler Cotton Geometric Lumbar Pillow, $, available at Joss & Main
<h3>A Chair</h3> <br>Chair yoga — it's a thing! " I have a chair yoga flow on my <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOGXEMbvfOU&t=1877s" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:YouTube channel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">YouTube channel</a>," Maria shares. "If you’re doing downward facing dog on the floor and it feels uncomfortable, you can place your hands on the back of the chair [and tilt hips up and back, keeping the spine straight]. Your options are endless to make your yoga practice yours." (Just make sure your chair doesn't have wheels...for obvious reasons.)<br><br><strong>Mainstays</strong> Metal Padded Folding Chair, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FMainstays-Metal-Padded-Folding-Chair-Mint%2F777290129%3Fselected%3Dtrue" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a><br>

A Chair


Chair yoga — it's a thing! " I have a chair yoga flow on my YouTube channel," Maria shares. "If you’re doing downward facing dog on the floor and it feels uncomfortable, you can place your hands on the back of the chair [and tilt hips up and back, keeping the spine straight]. Your options are endless to make your yoga practice yours." (Just make sure your chair doesn't have wheels...for obvious reasons.)

Mainstays Metal Padded Folding Chair, $, available at Walmart

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