Stop and take a deep breath. Practiced around the world for centuries, yoga seems to be more popular than ever. Many turn to this practice to increase their well-being, from relieving stress to increasing flexibility and beyond. A great thing about yoga is that its practice takes up very little space. This means you can easily practice yoga at home and create your very own sanctuary to unwind and recharge. This is more than welcome at a time where we are pretty much all confined to our homes because of the coronavirus pandemic and are looking to shake up our home workout routine.

Where to Set Up Your Yoga Space

Some take their mats to the parc, backyard or (why not) the beach for outdoor yoga. Others prefer finding a nook in their home. You can move living room furniture out of the way and roll out your mat, or duck out of family life for a few minutes and set up in the basement. Carve out some time for yourself before bedtime and start doing poses in your room. You can basically practice anyplace that fits a yoga mat.

Creating a Haven

Don’t be afraid to have fun with your space; you can add candles, plants, diffuse relaxing essential oils. It can be a calming haven. Set up next to a window and let the light pour in, or pull the curtains and dim the lights. Create the atmosphere you want for your practice.

How and When to Practice Yoga at Home

Well, that depends on you. Some choose to schedule set times to practice yoga while others practice more spontaneously. With an abundance of free classes available online (including fun one-month challenges), it’s easy to choose a teacher and style you like and make it a regular date. Others prefer to build their own sequence of poses/flows.

Online Classes to Practice Yoga at Home

If you’re looking for online yoga classes, here are a few suggestions:

DoYogaWithMe
DoYogaWishMe shares a variety of videos and meditations for all levels. Videos include yoga for runners, multi-day challenges and more.

Yoga with Adrienne
Adrienne offers high-quality yoga videos for every mood and objective. Check out her playlists and choose the one that works for you.

BrettLarkin Yoga
Brett Larkin teaches vinyasa flow and meditation, offering videos that range from beginner to advanced.

Yoga Equipment and Apparel

There are many options when it comes to choosing your yoga gear. You might be just fine with the comfy clothes you have at home. In lieu of a yoga mat, you can always use a towel, a woven blanket or practice yoga on your rug. If you are however interested in learning more about specialized yoga gear, here are a few suggestions.

yoga mats

What makes a good mat depends on your needs. Yogis who practice hot yoga or who tend to sweat often prefer grippy mats. Some like a thin mat in order to feel a connection to the ground, while others prefer a more cushiony mat to provide padding for poses that may be hard on the knees. Here are some of our suggestions.

All-around yoga mat

This Lole mat offers the best of all worlds: it's a good fit for every type of practice, is reversible, provides a good grip and is PVC-free.

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lightweight yoga mat

At barely over a kilo, the Essential Studio Mat by Halfmoon is easy to carry. It's non-toxic, latex-free, and a standard 4mm thickness, perfect for almost any kind of yoga, from restorative to vinyasa. 

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How to Choose Yoga Pants

When it comes to finding the right yoga pants, the most important criteria is comfort. The fabric must also offer freedom of movement to stretch and move with you when you are pre, during and post yoga at home sessions. Pants made with breathable fabrics will help you stay cool when the heat rises. There are plenty of options available and beyond function, there are lots of fun styles to choose from.

yoga pants for women

Vuori brings you a clean look and feel in the Clean Elevation Legging. They conform to your body shape, wick moisture and have a hidden zip pocket to boot.

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In terms of comfort, it's hard not to love pretty much everything Patagonia puts out, and these Centered Tights are no exception. They are compression-fitted, feature flatlock seams, and are Fair-Trade Certified-Sewn. 

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While the four-way stretch fabric provides great freedom of movement, these leggings by the Girlfriend Collective are also compressive and high-rise, keeping everything its place. They're also made with recycled fabrics and offer protection from ultraviolet rays.

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Yoga Pants for Men

These soft pants by Vuori come in a modern fit so comfy and stretchy, you may never take them off. Bonus—a back zip pocket keeps things secure during your session.

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Vuori brings the Kore short with a lining that fights odour and wicks moisture away so well, your Pilates session might just go commando.

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To (Yoga) Top it Off

Again, comfort and freedom of movement are musts. Most yogis prefer tops that fit snugly to avoid experiencing downward dog poses from the inside of a shirt that slipped over their heads. Here are some of our faves.

Women's Yoga Tops

This cropped French terry sweatshirt by Alo Yoga gives freedom of movement, layers like a dream, and can be worn right out of the studio.

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Support, stretch, a mesh lining, removable cups—every element is streamlined for essential comfort and freedom of movement in Vuori's Juno sports bra. 

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How about a touch of Merino for your session? icebreaker creates comfort and unbeatable performance with the Merino wool-Nylon-Lycra blend tank.

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yoga tops for men

Alo Yoga has a tank for all occasions, and the comfort and range of movement scream (or speak softly to) yoga sessions. The armholes are dropped to get the arms free, and the lightweight sueded jersey fabric is made for 'more than asanas'.

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Not for hot yoga, but perfect for everything else, this Vuori tee is soft, stretchy, sustainable, and the seams are flatlock, eliminating chafing.

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Until the current quarantine period blows over, we can still find ways to stay mentally and physically fit. Yoga is a great way to do this and is easy to practice at home. We hope you are staying well and wish you a great practice! Namaste.