I‘m about to embark on a new journey in my life and I must say I’m very excited and a bit nervous. Either way, I’m looking forward to what lays ahead for me. Tomorrow I will begin my 200-hour yoga teacher training certification. Earlier this year, I took a weekend course to get certified to teach kids yoga and after that experience, I spent some time to think and reflect on taking the next step. When I was laid off last spring I decided to try my best to seek out new opportunities with an open mind and heart, and something has drawn me to the possibility of teaching yoga.
While I’ve been practicing yoga for over seven years now, it has been in the past year and a half that it has become a bigger part of my life. As a mom struggling with depression I have found myself drawn to the mat to find strength in the poses and calmness in the breath. I experienced the benefits of practicing prenatal yoga and have seen firsthand the positive impact yoga has on children by encouraging my own kids to learn. I want to share my love of yoga with the world, which is what led me to decide to do the yoga teacher training.
As I’ve been preparing to get started on this new chapter in my life, I have been making sure I have everything I need to do so. While a positive attitude is a definite must when I start this learning process, I also want to have the right yoga gear.
So, for any fellow yoga lovers out there, or for those looking into starting a yoga practice, I’m sharing my yoga gear must-haves with you.
For me, it’s all about the mat. I prefer a nice, cushioned yoga mat to give me the support I need for the poses, especially seated ones or poses laying down. And to help keep my mat clean and protected, not to mention a way of carrying it around, I love having this canvas mat bag with cargo pockets and an adjustable strap.
I tend to prefer restorative poses or yin yoga where the poses are held longer, and this requires props for support. A pair of blocks and a bolster are a go-to for my yoga practice. The blocks help me reach the ground for certain bends and the bolster provides excellent lumbar support, not to mention it’s a must-have prop for my favourite reclined pose (supported Supta Baddha Konasana, or reclining bound angle pose). I also like to have a yoga strap for doing stretch poses.
Comfortable clothes are important. When practicing yoga I want to be able to flow easily through the poses without feeling constricted, awkward or too warm. My preference is to wear a nice, flexible legging that helps me move with ease, and a comfortable tank top (how cool are these items from British Columbia-based yoga wear company, Inner Fire Apparel).
Armed with all of my yoga gear, plus my notebook and textbooks, I know I’m going to walk into that yoga studio confident and ready to learn! It’s an experience I’m very excited to do, and one I’m already grateful for.