Right now, it’s easy to feel flooded with guilt if you’re not getting up in time for five 7am Instagram live workouts a week and only eating kale or quinoa. Smugsolation is a thing, but so is not being able to hack hardcore HIIT on every day of isolation. Seriously – why can’t we all boast about how many Easter eggs we’ve eaten instead?
If you want to stay fit but without the mountain climbers (vom), at a slow pace and in a way focuses on your mental health as well as your physical, yoga is the form of exercise for you. It’s slow, it’s relaxing, you can do it in your pyjamas and it comes without any competition. It also boasts a whole host of health benefits, including its ability to protect you from injury, improve flexibility, strengthen your muscles, help respiration, maintain a healthy metabolism and give you more energy. What’s not to love?
There are so many different types of yoga, from hot yoga to vinyasa flow, and whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned yogi, there’s no time like a global pandemic to focus on your ability. Who knows – you might even be able to do a headstand by the time you return to normality! (Disclaimer – if you can’t, it’s absolutely fine and probably quite normal).
With our new hobby in mind, we’ve rounded up the best yoga equipment that money can buy. There’s nothing like some new workout gear and at-home fitness equipment to give you the injection of motivation you need to get started. What’s better, all of this can be used when you’re finally able to venture out to a group yoga class. Yay for human contact!
If it’s the best yoga mat you’re searching for, Jade Harmony’s is one of the grippiest around, comes in various degrees of thickness and is made from eco-friendly rubber. If you’re a beginner, you might consider investing in a yoga brick which shortens the distance between your body and the floor, supporting the movements which you find a little trickier.
We’ve also included at-home fitness gadget of the moment, the Theragun. Move over foam roller, because this percussive-therapy device is loved by celebs and athletes for its ability to banish the aches and pains induced by slouching over your computer screen all day. If there was ever a perfect end to your mindful yoga practise, this is most certainly it.