I’ve been really stoked on yoga lately, which is something that happens to me on and off all the time; I get into it for a few months, practicing nearly every day, and then something happens to distract me and I lose all my motivation. I’ve been trying to fit it into my schedule at least two times a week for now, reminding myself of the first time I got into yoga, around ten years ago. I was really dedicated: I changed the way I ate, went to a yoga studio multiple times a week on my lunch break, and fantasized about trips to ashrams. Ultimately, it wasn’t sustainable for me, especially as I went into my last year of university and had to focus on Latin and endless streams of papers, but I felt amazing. I seem to have picked up a habit of waking up at 5am every morning to crippling anxiety this summer (good times!), so it is time to calm the mind as well.
Here are some beautiful yoga accessories that I can’t stop thinking about—although I know very well that all I really need to practice at home is a mat, some ratty old leggings and a t-shirt, and some form of audio or visual instruction (I share my favourite below, but if you have any suggestions, let me know!). Grain/salt, etc. Also, I am really into tie-dye right now, it case it wasn’t thoroughly obvious.
1. This mat is so beautiful! It’s by Magic Carpet Yoga Mats and this is a special edition created for Anthropologie. I also really love the new Deco Magic design. I wish I could justify this purchase but I already have two perfectly serviceable mats at home, a thick one and a thin one.
2. Candles by Magic Hour from Summerland. I do love good ol’ nag champa incense but it’s a little intense. These seem lovely!
3. Pretty (!) sneakers.
4. This particular yoga mat bag is no longer available but you can find it on Etsy from the original maker, Thrive.
5. A gorgeous patchwork dyed scarf from Willow Knows. Available at Myrtle.
6. I bought this CD set, Yoga Sanctuary by Shiva Rea, years ago and it remains my favourite instructional item. It has a lunar flow and a solar flow and with the CDs, you can customize which tracks to play. I can’t find my CDs and ended up buying it as an audiobook from iTunes because I like it so much, but I hope I come across my CDs again one day—it had a useful photo chart of all the poses.
7. I love this gorgeous meditation pillow. This one is from Anthropologie but you can get a custom one from Etsy (also from Thrive).
8. I have a pair of beaded, sequined Moroccan-style slippers and they’re my favourite. Not necessarily yoga-specific, but I’d rather wear these babouches to pad around a yoga studio between classes than flip flops.
9. Cat eye mask from Catbird for really getting into savasana.
10. Again, I usually wear an old t-shirt, but dang if I wouldn’t give anything to be one of those confident people who shows up to class in a bra top.
11. How to Meditate by Pema Chödrön, recently added to my e-reader.
12. Leggings by Shabd. The master of tie-dyed leggings! Wish I had picked some of the coral ones when they were for sale at Robber.
13. I don’t know about what it’s like at your house but my cats always try to sneak on to my mat with me when I’m doing yoga at home. That mat is like a magnet to them and their little senses of curiosity. In an ideal universe they would have this sweet embroidered bed and they would actually use it as a perch from where they would stare at me creepily.
14. Gorgeous handmade notebooks from Nightjar to jot down practice notes (also available at Likely General).