Since the pandemic in New York in March, my yoga practice has been the only activity that kept me on the floor in these dark times. I am not someone who would have identified with the term “yoga practice” a year ago. But this is 2020, nothing makes sense, everything makes sense, and an unexpected, hopefully long-term side effect of this madness is that I have become a much fitter person thanks to zoom yoga classes. I have also taken the past few months as an opportunity to optimize my available space by putting together the necessary yoga props and products and mixing the advantages of a studio with the advantages of Not to be in one.
It’s funny ̵
Apart from that, yoga with a group, especially in a big city, has many disadvantages. For every positive memory, there are more memories of classes worth $ 25 a pop, someone’s foot on my face, the smell of foreign sweat soaked in my rented mat, close-ups of hair covering the floor with carpeting . I also spent too much time in my own head – I was worried about making offensive noises, comparing my poses, my body, and even my clothes to everyone else’s, rather than myself, my needs, my practice and getting focus out of my head – what is yoga about in theory, right?
Without these physical and mental distractions, I find a lot more clarity when I and my mat are alone. I revel in my ability to take up space. I have scope in the security of my apartment. Literal room to wiggle! The wobble and swan dive and swing my body in any direction that feels good or right. Nobody cares if I do sun salutations with an old bra (or naked! … that hasn’t happened yet, but someday). I can practice whenever I want, pump my own playlist, sloppy watering, taking toilet breaks, farting with devotion, laughing, and lying in Savasana for as long as I want.
For me, yoga is liberating at home. I feel more relaxed and sleep better after class, even after class. And I’ve found a number of things that help me deepen my practice and improve my yoga sessions, from soothing scents of essential oils to a fan that blows me directly as it flows. Let me share my suggestions below for products that I hope will give you the same positive “YFH” experiences as for me.