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5 Things Beginners Need to Start Yoga at Home

If yoga as one of your New Year's resolutions, read on everything you need to set up at home.

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Yoga has numerous health benefits, both mentally and physically, which is why it’s one of the fastest-growing hobbies with millions of people from all fitness levels taking part. It’s a perfect way to destress from work or family responsibilities and gives you the chance to find peace in your inner self.

While many yoga enthusiasts go to classes, doing yoga from your home is on the rise, allowing people who otherwise may not be able to find the time nor budget to go to classes. You can access thousands of YouTube videos or apps without spending a penny.

So if you want to get started on yoga but aren’t sure what exact you need for your home gym, here are five things that will make it easy to get moving.

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Everyday Essentials 1/2-Inch High Density Foam Yoga Mat

$19.47-$47.63, was $24.50, Walmart

Why we like it:

  • 1/2-inch extra thick 
  • Excellent non-slip traction and cushion 
  • A free carrying strap is included 
  • Light weight and portable 

Featuring a double-sided non-slip surface, Walmart’s very own yoga mat is a premium yet affordable option for those looking to get started in the hobby. It has moisture-wicking capabilities that prevents sweat marks and slipping, plus it’s easy to clean with soap and water.

One reviewer wrote: “I’m a beginner at exercise and the quarantine bod is starting to weigh on me. I bought two of these mats, one for myself and one for my daughter. I usually stand all day at work and cannot bear weight on my knees or hips while laying flat. The 1/2″ of cushioning that these mats provide is amazing! I can work out without giving up early due to joint pain. I love the length, carrying strap, price, and the 2-year warranty! Two thumbs up from me and my daughter!”

lululemon Align™ Pant II 25″

$98.00, Lululemon

Why we like it:

  • Designed for Yoga
  • Feels Buttery Soft and Weightless, Nulu™ Fabric
  • High Rise, 25″ Length

Lululemon leggings can be pricey, but there’s a reason gym goers keep buying them — their quality is unmatched by other brands and they’ll last you hundreds of washes.

Designed especially for yoga, these Lululemon Align Pant II 25″ feels soft to the touch due to the lightweight Nulu fabric it’s crafted from. They featured a hidden pocket in the high-waist to hold your phone and other accessories.

lululemon Align™ Tank

$58.00, Lululemon

Why we like it:

  • Designed for Yoga
  • Feels Buttery Soft and Weightless, Nulu™ Fabric
  • Light Support

To match the popular Align II Pants, the Align tank top is crafted from the same material and is available in various colors. You can layer a loose top over it and use it for light support and protection while you’re trying out different yoga positions. It’s also sweat-wicking, which prevents any marks from sweating. This ensures you’re most comfortable during your stretches.

Yoga Direct Supportive Rectangular Cotton Yoga Bolster

$30.14, was $52.99, Walmart

Why we like it:

  • Size: 24″L x 12″W x 6″H
  • Weighs 6 lbs
  • 100 percent cotton
  • Removable and washable cover

Yoga bolsters are used to assist when stretching in new positions. For a beginner, it’s best to have one on hand so you can prevent injury or feel confident when trying new moves. The 100 percent cotton cover is removable and machine washable.

One reviewer wrote: “A yoga bolster can be incredibly beneficial stress and pain relief tool when you learn a few restorative poses to use it for! Hard to find them under $30 and the prices change on this one often, so just wait for the lowest price on the color you want and go for it!”

Canyon Creek Authentic Mexican Falsa Yoga Blanket

$13.99, Walmart

Why we like it:

  • Blanket size approximately 76″ L x 53″ W inches
  • Authentic Mexican Blanket Made in Mexico
  • Thick blanket weighs 3.5 pounds
  • Great for yoga mats or yoga blankets
  • Since these blankets are all handmade and the shades might vary slightly.

Some yoga-goers opt for a natural yoga blanket to exercise on for a softer feel when going barefoot. This authentic handmade and dyed yoga blanket from Mexico is available in many styles and colors to choose from. They can also be used as a throw to snuggle with when you’re enjoying your post-workout tea.

One reviewer wrote: “The item is of very high quality. There no-fault in terms of any tear during the shipping process. I bought it for my mom doing yoga and she loves it. She said the material is better than the one she uses at the yoga studio. I would recommend this item to anyone who needs it.”

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