Yoga Props and Products That I Use to Practice Yoga

I have been doing yoga since my teens. It helps me a lot to keep stress at bay as well as keep me mentally and physically fit. In recent days, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, yoga practice has been a must for me. I didn’t want to get into bad shape. I heard my friends teasing me, “She looks like sugar in a plum” and then plump plump PLUMP.

This time I was more afraid of getting coronavirus and wanted to boost my immunity and health. But it is not only physical fitness that is required. Mental fitness was the need of the hour to cope with a daily blast of pandemic news. TV news channels were like hell, reporting whole day the number of people dying across the world.

I remember the first time the media reported about the Coronavirus in February 2020, I was a bit afraid as to how  I would cope with it. One of my uncles who lives in Auckland NZ, on WhatsApp, texted, “If you believe that things will go wrong with you and you will have corona, then you will. But if you believe that there is nothing to worry about but only to practice hygiene and keep yourself fit then it’s nothing. It’s all in your mind. What you think so will you become”. (my uncle is 70 and hale and hearty)

This was a relief to me, and I began to carry on my life as it is with some healthy precautions to be on the safer side.

Though I knew in the lockdown, how can I visit the studio? But still, I couldn’t resist asking my yoga teacher, whether I could come to the studio for Yoga practice. She had to follow the government rules and therefore advised me to practice yoga at home.

Practising yoga at home without yoga props? How can I manage that? I didn’t have the right space for it at home, nor did  I have a suitable environment with my pets roaming around and jumping on me. Also the tile and marble flooring of the house, was it right to do yoga poses on it?  I wanted to encourage and focus on the yoga postures – not on a funky, nasty-smelling, cold, or really hard floor.

Without props at hand, I switched to yoga apps at first and started practicing yoga on an old rug gluing my eyes on how the teacher taught yoga. But that was a bit not so appealing to me. Then I thought to join the live streaming of yoga either on Zoom or on Facebook. This did work as the classes were on time, a fixed schedule which I could not miss out on as I had to also tune in live at the same time as the live class session.

It only takes a spark to get a fire going – and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.

Soon I gained momentum and was back on my yoga track. I lacked a few products that I wanted at once to continue with the live streaming of yoga classes at home. But thanks to Amazon and its prime deals, I browsed the offers on yoga props, and I managed to order online and got it delivered in a few days.

Waking up early in the morning and waiting for the live stream is a healthy routine now. Even my pet cat who was too lazy to wake up, seeing me rolling my yoga mat on my living room floor, with its furry tail up, rubbed himself against my legs and seemed to say, “Yoga about this one, the trapeze stand”- and jumped on my back all of a sudden giving me more energy for push-ups and warm-up exercise before yoga class.

Starting the day with Sun Salutation, where a series of poses are performed in a sequence to create a flow of movement was more exciting. The first rays of the sun peeping through my window were refreshing and there I was standing in front of the Sun and doing a Sun Salutation. With proper breath control to inhale and exhale my body is all set to practice yoga at home.

I also do Yoga in the evening for half an hour. It’s so hilarious you won’t believe it. It’s not yoga if my yoga teacher sees it, but is not even Pilates I think, it’s just play and fun stretching yourself after the day’s toil. Simply move out to your balcony if you live in an apartment or move out to the lawn or garden, and have fun with your kids around. Get a skipping or jumping rope, either do pulls and pushes, play tug of war or jump to the laughter of joy of doing yoga at home with your loved ones around.

What helped me to practice yoga more comfortably and gave me the feel and look of my yoga studio were the props and products that I bought. If you too are interested in doing yoga from home then here are the 15 Yoga Props and Products that I use to practice Yoga and Pilates from home. Remember these are my own choice and you can add more or buy a few according to your needs and make yoga from home a memorable one.

1. Heathyoga Yoga Block (2 Pack) and Yoga Strap Set

Heathyoga Yoga Block (2 Pack) and Yoga Strap Set
Blocks are brilliant for most seated poses. They can raise the pelvis and depending on how you sit on them they can encourage the pelvis to tilt forwards which can help the spine to lengthen and make sitting upright feel more accessible.

Blocks help me to get support to my knees and elbows doing yoga poses or Pilates fitness stretching exercises. I came across this prop at Amazon which seem to me in my budget. It is made of supportive foam and is slip resistant and gives you a firm grip.  

It also comes with a D-ring stretching strap to increase your range of motion. Perfect for all types of yoga and another workout exercise, great for overall balance and flexibility and also is moisture-proof if you sweat too much.

$25 at Amazon

2. El Paso Designs Mexican Yoga Mat

El Paso Designs Mexican Yoga Mat
Yoga Mat helps yogis to keep their hold strong on the surface due to its anti-slipping nature. It also provides a sort of insulation between the human body and the ground.

Yoga mat is must for me as my home has all tile flooring. I prefer handmade products as they are beautiful designed and moreover many of the products sales go to charity if they are made by some of the local NGOs.

This is a Colorful 51in x 74 Studio Mexican Falsa Blanket Ideal for Yoga and is imported from Mexico. Also is woven from a blend of soft environmentally friendly recycled fibres. You can choose the colours according to your choice.

$16 at Amazon

3. Heathyoga Yoga Knee Pad

Heathyoga Yoga Knee Pad
Knee pads help to alleviate pain and stress on knees, elbows, wrists, forearms, and more. It’s perfectly suitable for Yoga, Pilates or other ground-based exercise routines.

Some yoga asanas and fitness poses do need kneeling. I require knee pads even for my elbows while doing floor exercises. Many times the rough flooring gives me a tingling sensation on my elbows.

This prop is made from eco-friendly TPE material, PVC and latex-free, and will not absorb sweat or liquids, and it can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth after your practice.

$16 at Amazon

4. Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Yoga Pillow

Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Yoga Pillow
Made to BKS Iyengar’s specifications, the pillow is designed to support the spine and expand the chest for free respiration in supine pranayama practice.

This yoga prop is useful for Pranayams. This yoga pillow suits Iyengar yoga as well and serves as a cushion. It has a removable cover which you can wash and use again.

Made from organic cotton inner liner holds the buckwheat pillow fill, making it easy to remove and replace to customize the firmness and height for a fresh resting place.

$37 at Amazon

5. Thundesk Yoga Inversion Bench Headstand

Thundesk Yoga Inversion Bench Headstand
This yoga product claims that also upside-down pose promotes healthy skin and fights sickness, realigns the spine, improves digestion and metabolism, increases the production of sex hormones, Improves posture and strengthens the lungs as well.

This is an upside Down Chair for Feet Up and balance training core strength building Backbends Yoga Asana Practice Chair.

You can balance well and there is no worry to slip also there is no pressure on uour neck and spine. Best for Pilate fitness class and exercises to improve  circulation in the body.

$70 at Amazon

6. Yoga dice for workouts

Yoga dice
By using dice to tell you which poses to practice during yoga time, you’ll have nearly endless combinations and a consistently varied routine to keep you going at home.

This yoga product is my favourite as it is a 7 wooden dice offering you thousands of possible combinations to workout.

With seated, standing, balancing, twists, and more, you’re sure to find a new pose or stretch to challenge your endurance. Even you can sit and meditate if you want.

$16 at Amazon

7. Tumaz Stretch Strap

Tumaz Stretch Strap
Whatever pose you’re exploring, try to hold the belt with a soft grip, keeping the neck and shoulders relaxed.  It is perfect for home workouts, Pilates, Dance and Yoga students

I use this yoga prop in many different ways. Like as extensions of the limbs or to provide a supportive framework to explore asana.

When after work from home gives me a neck pain I use it and grip it very tightly which can invite tension into the neck and shoulders.

$15 at Amazon

8. 4 Pack Women Headband

4 Pack Women Headband
During intense flows and hot yoga, a sweat-absorbing headband is a must; this not only keeps you comfortable, but it’ll also keep the sweat out of your eyes for safety purposes.

This prop is must for me as I have long hair and while doing yoga I want my hair to be all wrapped or either tucked as a bun or pony.

I loved this product Boho Floal Style Criss Cross Head Wrap Hair Band as they are really soft and stretchy. It looks so elegant and charming keeping the hair intact.

$12 at Amazon

9. 2000lbs Static Strength Exercise Stability Ball

2000lbs Static Strength Exercise Stability Ball
You can use these balls to strengthen and stretch your body, improving core stability and balance

This Pilate product from Black Mountain is best for exercise and stretching balance ball for all ages.

It is a strong holding balancing ball that holds up to a ton of weight. You get a ball pump and a starter brochure to help first-time users and a manufacturer warranty to ensure safety. There are four sizes of balls to choose from.

$20 at Amazon

10. U-pick 4 Packs Cooling Towel

U-pick 4 Packs Cooling Towel
All you need is to soak for 1 minute, wring out excess water, snap it few times and is ready to use.

Towel is a important product that I use to Practice Yoga and Pilates from Home, This a cooling towel and no chemicals are used in the making of the cooling towels. The towel stays chilled for up to 3 hours (depending on conditions).  

The super absorbent fibre weave technology of the mesh towel regulates the water inside and ensures water retention. This is best for Pilates and fitness exercises. It is so lightweight and yet absorbs water and sweat and keeps you dry after the high intensity of exercise.

$16 at Amazon

11. InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

Inno Gear Oil Diffuser
InnoGear essential oil diffuser has 8 soothing colors, light can switch from dim to bright causing a great atmosphere for mediation as well.

To get the perfect yoga studio atmosphere at home, I love this oil diffuser. I use lemon and rose oil. This upgraded diffuser comes with 8 colours of lights. It doesn’t occupy much space so place it wherever you like

There are two misting modes and you can set it to intermittent mist (6-8 hrs working time) that diffuser mists and pauses every 30s, or set it to continuous mist (3-4 hrs working time) that keeps misting until water runs out, it creates an instant fragrance in your room.

$16 at Amazon

12. Pilates Ring

Pilates ring
The Pilates Ring is a resistance ring that allows you to do a variety of different exercises for the upper body, waist and legs.

This Pilates product is a great add-on for toning thighs, abs and legs.  As Pilates improves your muscle tone and fitness when you practice regularly even at home, this lightweight Pilates ring is a great prop.

Moreover this product is given free for trial for 90 days and if you are satisfied then you buy it.

$25 at Amazon

13. Vapor Fresh Natural Cleaning and Deodorizing Spray 

Vapor Fresh cleaning spray
It is a naturally-derived freshener formulated from a proprietary blend of essential oils and cleaning agents.

Now that you are using various props and products at home for yoga and pilates, you need to clean them daily.

Vapour fresh natural cleaning and deodorizing spray are what I am using. You can clean your Yoga mat or any of your gym or Pilates equipment.

$12 at Amazon

14. The Incense Match Original Scented Matches Mini Incense Stick 

Incense match sticks for meditation yoga
This is best for those who are practicing Yin Yang yoga or meditation.

Incense match sticks are just superb and fill the atmosphere in the room with beautiful and soothing aroma.

If you don’t want to use the diffuser then use this. Currently this product is going out of stock so book it now. There are 16 different fragrances in the pack.

$14 at Amazon

15. Hydro Flask Standard

Hydro flask
Unlike other leading water bottles, Hydro Flask has a Powder Coat, which gives you a solid grip.

Finally to quench your thirst this product is required if you don’t have a hydro flask at home. I had but I bought it again for separate use in my yoga class. Water is a must to balance the body heat.

The powder coat on this flask works with the premium temp shield insulation, which prevents condensation from forming on the outside of the bottle, giving you exactly what you want in an everyday refreshment delivery system.

$27- $100 at Amazon (according to the size)

As yoga Props can be used for a multitude of reasons in your yoga practice. They have the capacity to transform poses and to add endless interest to a regular practice.

Note that the availability of these props and products at Amazon depends on the seller and demand. Also, the price may vary between the product cost and shipping charges if any.

There are various other yoga and Pilates products at various online stores even at Australian local yoga stores like Lululemon and others.

Remember to make your own choice when buying yoga products to do workouts at home. Because you know better what you need and what is required for your yoga and fitness class at home. Also, you have to consider your budget while buying the props. So make wise choices to buy at prime deal offer or some discount.

If I missed my yoga community at yoga studio, but doing yoga at home is more peaceful and entertaining and humorous with my cat Mishtu.

Doing yoga at home is really fun, more relaxing, and entertaining as well. (laughing aloud is also yoga, isn’t it!)

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