One of my favorite aspects about yoga and bodyweight exercises are the minimal equipment requirements. Some equipment is extremely helpful though, here are some recommendations:
- Yoga mat – is essential and highly suggestible, but honestly not absolutely required. Practice on a bare floor or carpet if that’s all you got, just have some ample padding for your knees and wrists using perhaps a blanket or sweater.
- Yoga block – or two is really handy. It’s used to sit on for seated postures or most commonly used for assistance when balancing and helps bring the floor closer to the hands in certain postures for stability. If you don’t have blocks, maybe a couple of thick hardcover books, maybe a durable shoebox, or even a sturdy water bottle is helpful.
- Yoga strap – is useful for extending the arms and when you need a longer reach. I’ve even dedicated an upcoming class to using them throughout the practice. Alternatives to yoga straps, can be a towel, but for times where a towel isn’t long enough, belts and ties are some resourceful alternatives.
For Handstands and Bodyweight Exercises:
Since handstands require nothing but your bodyweight, equipment requirements are also pretty minimal. In most cases, a typical home-gym setup is basically all you need.
This equipment typically includes:
- Yoga Mat
- Pull-up Bar (freestanding, doorway, anchored, tree, etc)
- Yoga Blocks
- Yoga Strap or Hand Towel
- Bench (Elevated Box/Step)
- Sliders (or Heavy Duty Paper Plates)
- Stability Ball
- Dowel (and weightlifting plates in various weights 2.5lbs-10lbs) or a variety of Weighted Bars (2-15lbs)
- Light/medium Pairs of Dumbbells (2.5lb, 5lb, 10lb, 15lb)
- Jump rope
Optional equipment: Olympic Rings, Stall Bars, Kettlebell, Elastic Bands, TRX
If for any reason, you don’t have access to a particular piece of equipment, send me a note and I’ll help you find an alternative solution.