RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

Starting a Home Practice

 

"Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame." - BKS Iyengar


Patricia Walden on the Benefits of Establishing a Home Practice:


Following are a list of recommended resources for starting and supporting your home practice.

 

PROPS

I have listed the main props to get your home practice started. Just in case you cannot obtain all props at one time, I have listed the props in priority order so you have an idea of which props to get first.


Sticky Mats :

Recommended Quantity: 1

Source: High quality brands in the market are Jade and Manduka but any plain yoga mat will do.  Avoid those with extra thickness. 


Wooden Blocks:

Recommended Quantity: 2

Source:

http://www.puravidayogaboca.com/props.html - (Located in Boca Raton, FL)

 http://www.yoga-biy.com/vector-woodworking/ - (Located in Tampa, FL but Shipping can be arranged with the person who makes them)

Note: If you search other sites on the internet and it says "wooden" block, please note that these blocks are normally hollow.  I would recommend the solid wooden blocks that Bay Iyengar Yoga and/or Pura Vida Yoga provides.  The type of wood is left up to you.


Blankets: 

Recommended Quantity: 4

Source: 

  1. http://www.yogalifestyle.com/GEEPSBMexicanBlanket.htm (midweight)

  2. http://www.yogalifestyle.com/GESERCMexicanBlanket.htm

 

Chairs:

Recommended Quantity: 1

Source:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Steel-Chair-Black/40702384

http://www.target.com/p/folding-chair-black/-/A-14777780#prodSlot=medium_1_15&term=metal+folding+chair

(To turn this into a yoga chair, hammer the back rest of the chair out.  It will leave some tiny metal studs on the frame that will need to be covered with electrical tape.)

 

6 foot Straps:

Recommended Quantity: 2

Source:

https://iynaus.org/store/store/props

 http://www.amazon.com/Gaiam-602-1206PURP6F-Yoga-Strap-Purple/dp/B0007WK6Q4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448050226&sr=8-1&keywords=gaiam+yoga+strap

www.gaiam.com

 

Foam Blocks :

Recommended Quantity: 2

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Gaiam-Athletic-duraBlock-Xtra-Dense-Block/dp/B00N2PC3OG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448050027&sr=8-2&keywords=gaiam+yoga+block

or www.gaiam.com

Note: If you already have the wooden blocks the foam blocks are optional.


Ropes :

Most Iyengar studio will come with Ropes installed into their walls.

Below I provide a simpler home version, that is inexpensive, simple to install and is portable for those who travel.

Inexpensive way to mount Yoga Wall Ropes in your house!:  



 

 

Online Courses:

https://yogaselection.com/

 


DVDs:

Name: Standing Poses by Manouso Manos

Source: http://www.manouso.com/dvd.htm

 

 

Name: Iyengar Yoga with Gabriella

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Iyengar-Yoga-With-Gabriella-Giubilaro/dp/B000LP5CMA

 

 

BOOKS:

Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika
$12.16
By B. K. S. Iyengar
Yoga: The Iyengar Way
$15.23
By Silva Mehta, Mira Mehta, Shyam Mehta

 

 

 

ONLINE COURSES:

 

The Roads to Bliss Channel on Youtube has several videos of Senior Teachers teaching different poses:  


 


ORGANIZATIONS:

BKS Iyengar International Association: http://www.bksiyengar.com/

BKS Iyengar USA: https://iynaus.org/