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Forget what ya heard about yoga practice must-haves. Wipe your eyes of the marketing, quit the cacophony, bypass the bullshit bling. Let s get clear + crystalline: all you need is YOU. Now, the
lesson in less A Yoga Mat. Yes, one will make it easier. Yes, my mat is something I ll throw down for. But it s not essential. So don t sweat not having one в save your sweat for tapas. Grab a spot of grippy floor or roll out on a rug. All you need is something with stay-put-ness so your ass won t slip. A Studio. Mood lighting + the scent of lavender + spa-like amenities? Nice, not necessary. I ve practiced in airplane restrooms, my car, the movie theater. Your practice is precisely like when walks in the room and beams lust right into your eyeballs в you WILL find a place. Oh yes you will. Ahem. To the point, for asana you just need enough space for YOU. Tiny kitchen, grand palace, broom closet, your balcony. It s all good so long as you have room to groove. Fancy Pants. (also: tees, tanks, shorts, etc. ) Wear what you are comfy in. Make it breathable + loose enough that it doesn t restrict movement, but clingy enough not to fall over your head during inversions. Don t break the piggy bank to matchy-match or make your ass look hot.

If that s your top priority, your head ain t in the game, bitch. Come correct. To Be Good at Yoga. This concept is a fucking farce. There is NO SUCH THING. Practice as you are, in the moment. THIS is YOGA. Music. breathe! Silence is golden. Prior Yoga Experience. We re beginners at millions of things all our lives. You don t have to know everything. You don t have to know anything. Just show up and be present. A Guru. Run, don t walk, away from anyone who proclaims themselves as such. You are your own best teacher. You needn t be led around by the ear. Listen to yourself. Gumby Status. If you re less flexible, asana practice will make you more fluid. Huh, imagine that. If you re flextastic, practice will help you rein in and protect your wily parts. Expensive/Gadgety Props. Nope, you don t need that kitten-shaped block OR the wicky wacky yoga towel that can suck up the entire Pacific Ocean. Two blocks, a strap, 2 blankets, + a bolster в this makes for a great kit. But they re not musts either. You can always improvise в roll towels, use a belt, pillows, get creative! To Start Out Happy/Cheerful/Energetic/Fierce/Mindful. You just need to show the fuck up.

Let your practice take care of the rest. Time to strike a pose. (artwork credit: By This week, the New York Times wrote about a new trend in yoga: practicing without a mat. For some, the article states, practicing yoga au naturel is ideal since yoga, at its core, is about a practice that requires nothing but your own body в and mats are more a reflection of the commercialization of the practice than the practice itself. But what about the germ factor? Or the slippage situation? Find the right yoga class for you! For some of us, yoga mats not only provide traction for those of us with slippery (or sweaty) soles but also mark our personal space. Sure, attending a yoga class may fundamentally be about coming together to practice in unison, but there is nevertheless something about marking our turf and maintaining responsibility for our turfвs cleanliness that makes us feel a bit better about being in such close quarters with sweaty (and sometimes smelly) neighbors (who are, sometimes, merely inches away). But in reading this article we couldnвt help but wonder: were we being irrational? t! Depending on your studio, the fact is that practicing on a hardwood floor may be considerably more sanitary than practicing on a sweated-on yoga mat в and a quick chat with your instructor should help you gauge the cleanliness factor.

And, well, a few sanitizing sprays on the floor (and or on your hands) can pretty much take care of that. And the slippage factor? Tara Stiles, author of Slim Calm Sexy, yoga expert for Women s Health magazine, personal yoga instructor to Deepak Chopra and founder of Strala Yoga in NYC (we know, she really does it all! ), told us IВ think a lot of people slip on cheap and plastic type mats so that is the reason for the rebellion. You can do yoga on a mat or no mat it s up to the person it s individual. We agree! So,В if youвre a confident yogi and secure in your footing, feel free to go for it. Us? Wellв weвre not quite there yet so weвll stick with our trusted Jade Yoga Mat ($49. 95 and up at jadeyoga. com). Itвs PVC-free, environmentally friendly (they even plant a tree for every mat sold! ), made in the USA and, well, confidence boosting since we donвt need to fear a fall. See how else weвre boosting our confidence and you can too! To see the entire New York Times article, clickВ here.

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