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Ready to Begin Yoga at Home?

It is easy to begin yoga at home, especially with guidance from online yoga for beginners! On this page, I will tell you about the Best Yoga Props, what my favorite yoga props are, and why you want to use them. Having a selection of yoga props near you will help you achieve the benefits of yoga and encourage you to spend time on your mat!

Best Yoga Props

Here is a list of all of the Yoga Props I have at my home yoga studio.

  • Yoga Mats
  • Yoga Strap
  • Yoga Block
  • Yoga Bolster
  • Wedge
  • Sandbags
  • Neck Pillow
  • Cushion
  • Eye Pillow

Scroll down the page to find more details about each prop and how you can use them to benefit your yoga. I have also provided affiliate links to the online yoga store where I have purchased props for twenty years!

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But before you go on a shopping spree, remember that to begin yoga at home you don't need to have FIVE of every little thing. I'm an advocate of minimalism and while over the years, I probably have purchased at least five of everything (for myself and students) there are MANY household items you can use to substitute for yoga props.

For example, you can start with pillows and cushions in place of a yoga bolster. You can use a hand towel or belt in place of a yoga strap, and you can use a pillow case or wash cloth in place of an eye pillow.

Essential Yoga Props to Begin

If you have followed along with my yoga videos, most likely you have heard me recommend a few specific yoga props. While there are MANY yoga props that I have loved at different times in my life for a variety of reasons, there are THREE essential props I recommend having to begin yoga at home.

And remember, you can use a household item to substitute if you are not ready to buy.

 

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Blocks

Alignment, Flow, Restoration

You can purchase one block for the basics or you can purchase two blocks to have more practice options in Alignment and Flow. Two identical blocks are suggested for Restoration. The Cork Blocks are sturdier than the Foam and provide extra comfort for balance and stability.

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Straps

Alignment, Flow, Restoration

You need one good strap. You can choose either a metal D-Ring or a plastic Quick Qelease. A small 6ft strap will be enough for a Flow practice but for Alignment and Restoration you need more length. I use the 8ft strap, but if you are tall you might want it to be 10ft.

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Bolsters

Alignment, Restoration

Bolsters are essential for Restoration but they also used in Alignment practice. Options include Standard, Round, and Junior bolsters. If you are thin, get Standard. If you have curves, get Round. If you are small, get Junior. Choose from a selection of patterns or solid colors.

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Wedge

Alignment, Flow

Place the wedge under your hands to ease tension through your wrists in postures such as Plank, Downward Dog, and Crow. You can also place it under your heels to access extension through the backs of your legs and thighs. Choose between Foam and Cork.

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Sandbags

Alignment, Restoration

Go deeper into stretches by adding the weight of 10lb sandbags. I recommend two sandbags in postures such as Cobbler and Hero Pose. One sandbag can be used in Pigeon and Child's pose. You can build strength and flexibility with one or two sandbags in Warrior poses.

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Neck Pillow

Alignment, Flow, Restoration

A neck pillow will help to release stress in your shoulders and neck and and ease tension in sore muscles. I recommend the Peachskin Neck Pillow but the Silk one is also good. If you'd like to experience even deeper relaxation, use an Eye Pillow along with the Neck Pillow.

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Cushion

Alignment, Flow, Restoration

Have a comfortable seat for meditation and seated postures with the Sukasana Cushion. It is also used as a light-weight bolster for lower back and neck support. Filled with organic buckwheat hulls, it will contour to your body's shape as it provides comfortable support.

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Restorative Kit

Alignment, Flow, Restoration

This kit is tailored to a Restoration practice and includes a practice book to show you how to use all of the props. The only difference from my recommendations it the strap is only 6ft, but it will still work for Alignment, Flow, and Restoration practices.

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Eye Pillow

Alignment, Flow, Restoration

An Eye Pillow will help you go deeper into relaxation during Savasana and many postures in Restoration practices. You can also use your eye pillow anytime you want to lounge and block light from your eyes. Couple it with a Neck Pillow to experience new levels of relaxation.