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…
10 THINGS YOU DON’T NEED TO PRACTICE YOGA:
- 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 — 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 Timothy Olyphant walks in the room and beams lust right into your eyeballs — 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. “I can’t hear myself
thinkbreathe!” 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 — this makes for a great kit. But they’re not musts either. You can always improvise — 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: samantha hahn)