JESSAMYN’S YOGA ESSENTIALS: The Unsung Heroes of My Home Yoga Practice
1. MAT - Lululemon’s The Mat. It’s double-sided- the first side is made of polyurethane and it absorbs moisture very nicely during non-hot yoga. However, the second side is built for hot yoga- the more you sweat, the easier it is to grip into the mat. Lululemon might be sizephobic as all hell, but they definitely know their way around a yoga mat.
2. HEADBAND - Kobieta’s Bamboo Jersey Yoga Head Wrap. Not only does it keep my very unruly hair under control, it absorbs sweat like none other and protects my hair when I’m practicing notorious “hair ripper” poses like inversions and backbends. It’s also really soft and looks totally normal if you forget to take it off before heading to a lunch date. Not that I’ve done that or anything.
3. STRAP - Hand crocheted by my mom. Early in my home practice, she said the sight of me using a dog leash as a strap was too much for her to bear. I keep trying to convince her to open a yoga accessories Etsy shop- not to brag, but my strap is kind of the best ever.
4. POLISH - No matter what color I paint my toes, I consider Sally Hansen’s Triple Strength a necessity for my pedicures. Inversions involve a substantial amount of toe dragging aka the key to having a jacked up pedicure. Weekly professional gel pedicures are not part of my post-academia budget, but Triple Strength is a nice budget friendly option to help make sure my pedicures are not immediately ruined as soon as I start inverting.
5. TABLET - Oh, where would I be without my little Samsung Galaxy Tab 2? It’s small (7” screen), but just large enough for me to view classes on Yogaglo or listen to music on Spotify no matter where I’m practicing. Actually, speaking of spotify, check out my yoga music playlists if you need something to inspire your own practice. Yes, I’m a little obsessed with Kendrick Lamar.
6. SPEAKER - I bought the Ivation Bullet Bluetooth Speaker for my bike (so I can blare Dolly Parton and Ginuwine while hauling ass through downtown Durham, duh), but I find myself using it more during my yoga practice. Sometimes, when I’m thinking too much about a pose, it’s nice to have music or a teacher’s voice overrule my thoughts and this speaker is extremely helpful in that capacity.
7. BLOCK - Because I’ve been using a VHS box set as my primary yoga block for the better part of a year, I was unbelievably grateful when my friend Suzanne (@suzamama) gave me her old Gaim Yoga Block for my birthday. I don’t know if she knows it, but it’s one of the best (and most thoroughly used) gifts I’ve ever received.