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Guide to Purchasing Yoga Props Online

Updated: May 2



A Yoga practice can easily be enhanced with the use of simple props to bring greater ease and accessibility to each individual. Here you will find many props that will do just that. From yoga mats to Tune Up balls, straps, blocks, and blankets too, I hope this guide  brings ease in making your choices!


 

Yoga Mats


Looking for a good Yoga mat? Mats come in a variety of sizes, densities and prices. Your yoga mat is very much like a best friend and can last a lifetime. Two of my favorites are down below**


Let's start here:








@ $42.95 was my first yoga mat and lasted many, many years. I changed mats when I realized I wanted to practice more, and I wanted to increase the padding under my knees. I got a lot of use out of my Hugger Mugger mat. It's very light weight, which makes it easy to travel with from home to...anywhere!



The Manduka Eko Superlite Yoga Mat for Travel @ $52 is a well priced light weight mat that will travel well since it folds up and can be stowed in your carry-on. I have a colleague that loves this mat.




@ $121 - $137 is a thicker mat offering

more padding for

sensitive knees, wrists and other

boney parts.

It's by no means a light weight

mat but, in my opinion, it's worth

the effort to carry.

I have recommended this mat to many happy yogis!

I love this mat and alternate with the one below...

.

@ $149 this is the mat I enjoy alternating with the one just above. It is lighter in weight at 5.5 lbs. than my Manduka Pro, yet it still offers lots

of padding for my elder bones. I like the alignment guides marked on the mat as well as the earth friendly materials. It's got great grip, and is among the best I've used!


 

As you can see, there is a range of prices when choosing a mat, but you do get what you pay for...a mat can be a one time investment. Take care of your mat and it may last the rest of your life! A nice firm mat with adequate density will help protect wrists and boney parts, will remain flat on the surface it lies upon, and will ultimately serve you well, giving you more ease in your practice.


 


Yoga Blocks



@ $17.03 for two.

These blocks are lightweight and easy to use. These 9x6x4" blocks are the correct size, and size will make a difference. If you purchase elsewhere please note the size. These blocks are also available in black, grey, and turquoise. If you are leaning toward a Restorative Yoga practice, please consider getting two sets...you will find it well worth it.



 


Yoga Wedges





@$16.98 each

A wedge might be useful to relieve wrist flexion in certain

postures such as Table, Plank, Cobra or Upward Facing Dog. I ordered this wedge for my own wrist issues. I found it to be a bit slippery on my mat, but if placed under my mat it stayed in place.

For those with tender wrists this prop might be the solution for practicing poses such as Downward Facing Dog, Table, Planks, Cobras, and more, making these positions more accessible and increasing one's ability to keep building core, back, and arm strength!


 

Yoga Straps


@ $15.95


Straps are an essential part of my yoga practice, and I think you will also find that to be true for you.

I've been enjoying using my Hugger Mugger strap for around 35-40 years and it's still like new!

These are $15.95 and though you only need one, you can do some pretty amazing things with two! I recommend the 8' strap for the variations it offers compared to the shorter ones. The straps with D-rings are easiest to work with, in my opinion. These come in a few color choices.


 

We will be using blocks and straps, so it would be very nice (read essential!) for you to have them both.



 

Yoga Blankets


If you don't already have a good blanket to practice with, or want more than one (good idea) here's a good economical choice:


@available only in a 4pak @$59.99 (excellent idea to have 4 if you are enjoying a Restorative practice!)

@ $16.99 each


I appreciate you using the La Montana Mexican Blanket. In this way way I know the size and thickness of the blanket we are all using, and I am best able to give you cues and suggestions as to how to use these as props during our classes. This blanket is what I use for my home practice. It's easy to wash and they come in a vast variety of nice colors. They are great as restorative props too! Outside of using them for our classes, these can also be used at the beach or campground too.

One will do, two is even better...and four is absolutely perfect for your Restorative Yoga Practice💜



 

Therapy Balls


I offer Restorative as well as ball-rolling classes and workshops which you might enjoy, so if you plan on participating in those you will want some "Tune-up" therapy balls. You will find they're so very handy when you want some deep , therapeutic massage right there, on the spot...something you can Lovingly give to yourself...and they travel well too, so after your long trip you can give yourself a massage and relax!






These are the balls I use and teach with.

These tune-up balls (small size)

are sold in a set of two at

$18.69/set.


I use and teach with the larger balls below as well.


Tune-up Alpha balls (Large size) are sold at $19.94 each.

These are great for the larger muscles such as your glutes.




Please note, these are now available to purchase as a






Please know that the purchase of therapy balls is not mandatory! Ball rolling needs balls. While you can use tennis balls as an alternative, they are comparatively much harder and can be uncomfortable. The Tune Up Balls are just great, having the perfect combination of firmness and “give” to be really wonderful self-care tools.


Ball rolling is a wonderful way to give yourself a self-massage, especially if you could use some pampering, why not give it to yourself?!



 

Sandbags


For those of us who enjoy the benefits of placing weight on our bodies for a variety of benefits, the use of a yoga Sandbag is a wonderful and inexpensive prop. This is very sweet in Restorative practice and is also wonderful when working with the breath in pranayama practice.


The unfilled sandbag with two handles for ease of placement is currently only available from Amazon. My preference are those with two handles making it much easier for placing them on the body. You can purchase sandbox quality sand at a hardware store for under $10!



Yoga Sand Bag Cover with Filler Bag $14.99 each.

These 10lb Unfilled Yoga Sandbags, are 7.25 X 16

These are the perfect size and have a filler bag inside to hold the sand without leakage! A nice gift to yourself!


 

Bolsters


For my Yin and Restorative classes, you will need a bolster (and even sometimes for Hatha Yoga too). You can always use blankets instead of bolsters but if you'd like to use a bolster, I'm going to share the link for the best ones.


Hugger Mugger Standard Bolster. Simply the best!!!!


These bolsters from Hugger Mugger go for $92.95 each. Yes, they are expensive but they are made to last at least a decade or more. They are amazing and worth every penny!





I honestly know nothing about this bolster except for it's fairly good reviews. At $54.98 it's more affordable, but, as the reviews mention, it's not as firm as the Hugger Mugger, which is known by yoga teachers as the "gold standard" of bolsters due to its sturdy material and they maintain their shape and firmness. (I have a few that are over 16 years old!)





Sunshine Yoga has bolsters too! While they are not as sturdy as Hugger Mugger's they are almost half the price.

These bolsters go for $49.99 each.

I've personally never used Sunshine Yoga's bolsters so I don't have a clear idea of their durability. I've been told they don't hold up as long as the Hugger Muggers and begin to sag, which is not a plus. While these may not be the best quality, they can be a cheaper alternative.


 


Restorative Yoga, and much of the time even Yin Yoga, is very much prop/equipment oriented and is truly such a beneficial practice to nurture and support. I would think during these times, we would all benefit from these sweet and kind practices which down-regulate the nervous system relieving anxiety and supporting the immune function within the body. This list of equipment options is the best I know of, but you are always welcome to choose others if you prefer.


I am so happy to share these resources with the intention of supporting you well in your practice!


Disclaimer: Please note, I have an affiliate account with Amazon which gives me a very small (think "pennies") percentage of any sales made from my Golden Age Yoga website. Most of us have an Amazon Prime membership and thus we save shipping costs. In a few instances I have selected items not available on Amazon but found elsewhere. I appreciate your use of the links I've provided, so we practice with the same props, and also doing my utmost to keep costs down for you and me!


🤍

Sending You Love

From My Heart to Yours,

Namaste,

Laura

xoxo













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