We all know it’s hard to find time as parents to do something together, enter at home date nights for parents. Hubby and I have started practicing yoga every night after little man goes to bed and it’s been amazing! Continue reading to see what our yoga essentials are for home practice.
It’s no secret that our lives are fast moving. Parenthood means trying to find time for yourself, or you as a couple can be really hard. However, we’ve found a common ground in yoga and let me tell you, it’s been the perfect thing for us!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that my hubby is a runner. Marathon training and running, all-consuming runner. I even wrote a post named The Truth About Being A Runner’s wife, go check it out!
With Geoff’s running, it means that he’s pretty hard on his body. On the other hand, it means my time to get out of the house and physical is pretty limited. So, enter yoga.
Over the years I’ve tried to get him into practicing with me but it never really stuck. Until recently that is…
Geoff propositioned me to start practicing together, so naturally, it was a yes!
We’ve also been reaping the benefits of having something to do together that’s physical. We met doing a sport we loved. It meant that we were used to working as a team and working our butts off. Fast forward 10+ years, life happens and we have to find other ways to make time for each other. Because well, parenthood.
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What we love about yoga:
- It inspires mindfulness
- There are modifications
- It’s a great workout
- You can choose your class length
- Easy to do at home
- Great way to connect
- Self-care time
- It’s physical
- Pumps out tons of endorphins
- Promotes better digestion
- Prevents sport-related injuries
- Is for all bodies
The list goes on, literally.
Who is yoga for?
Yoga is for every body. I repeat, every body.
Now, don’t get me wrong, yoga isn’t all hippy-dippy and frankly, if you’ve never done it, the verbiage may leave you feeling a little awkward. But yoga is a lifestyle. The more you focus on the intention behind the words, affirmations, and the practice itself you’ll gain a huge amount of self-awareness, and it will all come together.
Finding the right class or teacher is always step one.
Personally, I like teachers who are humorous but are great communicators. If you’re new to yoga, you especially need a teacher who can really describe proper alignment because it makes all the difference.
It’s not about just flinging your body in abstract ways and contorting your body into some ungodly position. That will come with time. It’s about learning your body’s capabilities and pushing them a bit further each time to improve.
That’s why it’s called a practice!
There is always room to improve and there are always ways to grow and challenge yourself with variations.
Some of their journeys include:
The website we use to practice has made journeys that go from beginner to intermediate to advanced. If you’re not ready to move up to the next level it’s no worries because you can just do a level over again!
- Nap time yoga for moms
- Prenatal yoga
- Postnatal yoga
- Yoga for healing
- Core series
- Partner yoga
- Yoga for runners
- Yoga for athletes
What classes do I recommend?
The first series we started with is #growthgoals. It’s a great intro to get you into the flow of yoga. Bringing you from the basics to advanced. Now, if you’re a beginner, but fashion yourself athletic, don’t skip beginner. Don’t let your ego get in the way.
Basics are there as a foundation. We love that the classes in this series are typically 30 minutes, give or take. We’ve even been topping up with core classes since they’re only 10 minutes!
We’ve both been enjoying it so much that I’ve mapped out the next couple of months of which series we will do back to back! In other words, during the cold winter months, you’ll be able to find us on our mats. Wish us luck!
What do you need to start?
A device with a screen, or a TV (we have a Chromecast which allows us to stream from our phones to our TV)
These are our 6 essentials for home yoga practice:
- Yoga mat – The choice of mat to make is totally up to you. Some people opt for thin mats, others (like myself) opt for thicker mats. There are rubberized mats, cork mats, and so many others.
- Set of yoga blocks – You should purchase a set of two, per person. As you progress, you may not need any at all, however, there are many poses you will need them for. Some you may even need to stack them!
- Yoga strap – Not only can you carry your mat with a strap, but they’re also totally necessary. You can deepen, or ease pull on stretches with straps. They come in a few different materials and usually look like a belt that has D-ring buckles on one end to loop through.
- Bolster – Typically used in Yin or restorative yoga, blisters offer great support to really melt into deep poses.
- Mexican blanket – Not just for keeping warm, blankets can be used under knees when in kneeling poses, or rolled like a bolster.
- Water bottle – Staying hydrated is very important if you’re going to me moving and stretching your muscles.
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