Yoga is a great exercise for both your mind and body. But practicing yoga goes beyond learning basic poses and attending classes. Here are ways you can take your practice to the next level with tools, equipment, and technology for enhancing this everyday exercise.
Exercise balls are an excellent addition to your yoga routine. On their own, exercise balls are a helpful piece of equipment for low-impact, core-strengthening workouts. But you can also make yoga poses more challenging by balancing on an exercise ball.
Plus, when you’re not using the ball for yoga, you can continue to work your muscles. Swap your chair for a workout ball to support better posture and higher levels of activity overall. And for pregnant or postpartum women, plenty of gentle workouts involve an exercise ball and simple stretches for overall health.
There are many poses you can perform without the use of tools, but adding yoga blocks to your routine can make poses more accessible and comfortable. Even if you have mobility or range-of-motion challenges, yoga is easier with blocks. Also, using blocks in specific configurations can challenge your muscles in new ways. You can find blocks in different materials, from foam to cork to wood, and they come in various sizes, too.
Like yoga blocks, a bolster is a helpful prop for both beginning and expert-level yoga. You can use a yoga bolster for core exercises and pose variations to mix up your daily routine. And while yoga itself enhances flexibility and circulatory health, among other perks, using a bolster can amp up your everyday workout. As a beginner, of course, you can use the bolster for positioning support and to make challenging positions simpler to master.
Monthly yoga studio memberships average between $100 and $200 per month in many areas, according to The Atlantic. While drop-in classes are more affordable, ranging from $5 to $20 per class, those costs add up over time. For yoga enthusiasts on a budget, the cost may prove too steep. Fortunately, access to yoga goes beyond the studio nearest you. And in many cases, doing yoga at home is even cheaper than enrolling in classes. These days, it’s easy to access yoga instruction remotely. From online videos to downloadable apps you can use on your phone, there are many ways to find your new favorite workout. Look for apps for your phone or other device and compare costs to in-studio instruction.
You can also easily access yoga videos through a streaming device connected to your TV. These devices give you access to a range of yoga instruction options from the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s on a TV in your living room, bedroom, or office area, you can perform yoga wherever you can plug in a device even if you’re on vacation or traveling for work. Look for a model that fits your TV and budget and you'll be ready to go.
Yoga has proven mental and physical health benefits, says Psychology Today. But despite the availability of yoga studios all over the world, it’s not always easy to access or afford instruction. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to support your yoga practice both in and out of the studio.
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