The only essential thing you need for yoga is yourself! Below, find some helpful information and tips and tricks on common props and/or the lack thereof!
Also, check out this helpful blog post by Glo regarding common at-home-prop replacements: https://blog.glo.com/2020/05/7-workout-props-you-can-find-in-your-home/
Yoga Mats are not necessary to have a successful yoga practice. You can use a rug or a towel for classes! If you are looking for a mat, we recommend you find something that is non-slip. If you are looking for something extra comfortable, you can purchase a yoga mat with a thicker width that offers more cushion.
Yoga Blocks can be substituted best with a book or stack of books, just make sure the stack is sturdy if you’re going to be leaning on it. If you would like to acquire blocks you can choose from wood, cork, and foam blocks.
- Wood blocks are the heaviest and sturdiest blocks. If you are looking for a lot of support in your balancing poses, these are a great choice. However, if you are using the blocks for any weighted movements in your practice, these will give you the biggest challenge.
- Cork blocks are similar to wood blocks but typically weigh a little less These blocks have a little bit more comfort and give than wood as well and usually are non-slip.
- Foam blocks are the most lightweight block to choose from. These are a great choice for those looking for versatility and comfort in their practice. Just ensure you get a foam block that is non-slip.
Stability balls can be substituted with a yoga block, blanket, or a small ball (like a kickball) depending on the exercise.
Yoga Blankets are commonly colorful woven blankets. Yoga blankets are optional and can be used for additional support during your practice. Substituting with a blanket, towel, or pillow will be perfectly sufficient.
Sliding Discs can be substituted with furniture moving discs, a towel, or a blanket. Gliding discs and furniture discs are best for all floor surfaces. Towels and blankets will work best on tile, hardwood, or smooth concrete floors. If you are practicing on a rug or carpet, paper plates may work as well.
Yoga Straps can be substituted with a belt, scarf, waist tie, or towel. Depending on the use, a resistance band might work as well. Just make sure it is long enough that you are comfortable in the practice!
If you need any help getting your practice place set up, let us know: https://www.glo.com/settings/support