If you’re looking to up the calm in your life, practicing yoga is one of the best ways to relax, stretch out your muscles, increase mindfulness, and deepen your breathing. Not to mention, it can be a great workout.
To get your om on, you don’t need a lot — but some essentials like a yoga mat and yoga blocks, cushions, and bolsters can help. That’s why we’ve turned to the experts!
Elena Brower is a yoga instructor and author. She spoke to Healthline about her favorite equipment, essential oils, meditations, and more.
Elena Brower’s Favorite Yoga Finds
1. Priti mats and blankets
Priti is a small company with super-high standards for quality. They also have a donation program, Sharing Our Warmth, which donates money and products to homeless shelters in the Northeastern United States, India, and Nepal.
2. Manduka blocks
Just the best blocks out there. I love the weight and density of cork for supporting and holding my clients and me.
3. Chattra cushions
Chattra’s stunning patterns have adorned my home for years. Their work supports individuals and small nonprofits in India and the United States in their efforts to address their communities’ challenges.
4. Samaya meditation cushions
Supportive, comfy, modern, and chic, Samaya provides lovely cushions, pillows, and other accessories for meditation.
5. doTERRA oils
Clean, natural, plant-based powerhouses, essential oils are the wave of the future. Where families have previously reached for over-the-counter solutions for day-to-day ailments, aches, and pains, I use essential oils to help solve things holistically.
6. ‘Grounded and Free Meditation’
Using receptivity and tenderness to nurture roots of stability and centeredness, this meditation program includes two sessions, inviting you to evolve and embrace the full wonder of your life.
7. ‘The Return Home’
A guided meditation training to evolve distraction into attunement, self-sabotage into allowing, confusion into alignment, denial into acceptance, and ambivalence into advancement.
8. S’well bottle
S’well just makes the best bottles out there. Keep your beverages cool if they’re cool, hot if they’re hot. These bottles are effective, efficient, and stunning!
9. ‘Practice You’
A journal for your art, your meditations, your contemplations, and your life. This book will serve as a road map to your soul. Now available for pre-order, it will be out in September 2017.
Elena Brower is a renowned author, yoga teacher, and speaker. Influenced by several yoga traditions, she’s recognized internationally for her expertise in combining physical alignment and the art of attention. Since 1998, Elena has been offering these practices as a vehicle for approaching our world with realistic reverence and gratitude. She’s the author of “Art of Attention,” a yoga workbook that’s been translated into five languages, and the creator of Teach.yoga, a virtual home for yoga teachers worldwide. Elena is also an executive producer of “On Meditation: Documenting the Inner Journey,” a film that intimately explores meditation experiences, now being screened on international flights and on National Public Television. She’s contributed to The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Origin, Mantra, and has been featured in Yoga Journal, The New York Times, and on major network news channels. Experience Elena’s filmed practices on YogaGlo and her audio meditations on elenabrower.com/meditation. Her new book, “Practice You,” will be released in September 2017.