9 Things Moms Need for Yoga
Yoga is probably one of the best exercises for moms. It’s a stress-reliever as well as a manageable workout to sneak in during nap time.
So you’ve likely subscribed to tons of Yoga channels on YouTube and are ready to get started. But what gear do you need to really make yoga work for you as a mom?
We asked real life, actual moms on Facebook what their must-have yoga gear was for a successful workout and these are their responses.
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Yoga can get really sweaty. I mean, really, really sweaty. Especially if you decide to take on a Bikram yoga class. This skid-less towel will help you from slipping and sliding all over the place.
If you didn’t notice already, there’s a definite running theme with slipping when it comes to yoga. Whether you’re balancing in downward facing dog or Virabhadrasana, you’ll want a base that will keep you steady as you work to master the pose.
We’re moms. Generally speaking, things have shifted. A solid, supportive yoga bra is paramount when doing yoga. The last thing you want is to worry about things ending up where they don’t need to be while you’re in a deep, meditative state during a yoga pose.
One of the most resounding responses to “What do we need?!” was a good mat. One that doesn’t slip. This DIY from our craft contributor fits that bill.
I’ll admit, being a novice yogi at best, I had no idea what yoga blocks or straps were even used for. The moms on Facebook, however, were so knowledgable about them that I feel silly for not having some in my arsenal before now. A strap can provide useful help on support, alignment, and posture, but be careful not to get too excited and pull too hard. You could really hurt yourself. For beginners, yoga blocks can be used when the flexibility isn’t quite there yet. In essence, “raising” the floor for you to reach in poses that require it.
6. Yoga Capris
Yes, they’re going to be form fitting. No, you don’t want them to be loose. Yes, you want them to be thick, thick, thick. You’re doing loads of stretching, extending and contorting so you want range of motion but also a little modesty.
Again, this may not be ideal, but personally I think flashing my entire midriff during a pose is even less ideal. You don’t want to spend your session fidgeting with your clothes is basically what it boils down to. There are a ton of options for everyone in this department. And if you’re not 100% on board with a full torso, fitted top, go for an option that has a form-fitted band at the bottom of the top, but allows for some looseness in the mid-section.
I was pleased to read that a lot of yoga moms recommend a fab aromatherapy oil to enjoy during shavasana, the cool down at the end of a yoga session. It makes perfect sense to me that you would add this element to what’s commonly referred to as “Corpse Pose”. It’s all about breathing and relaxing yourself into the floor. The perfect moment for a swell of calming aromatherapy.
Are you of the long-haired persuasion? Many of us have hair that we need to bring up and out of our faces before we start a yoga session. A good hair tie, even one that doesn’t leave creases in your hair, are must-have item when doing yoga.
Did we miss anything on this list? Share your must-have yoga items in the comments!