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Best of 2016: 14 Practice-Enhancing Yoga Props + Accessories

Our favorite yoga props and accessories that help us get in shape, calm down, and fine-tune our practice.

Setting the mood and having the right props can make or break your yoga practice. When you’re a block or bolster short, it’s frustrating. But we’ve got you covered. Here, our favorite yoga props and accessories that help us get in shape, de-stress, and fine-tune our practice.

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Plexus Yoga Wheel

Plexus Yoga Wheel

The Plexus Yoga Wheel is key to helping your body work toward all things flexibiltiy. Use this prop for assistance in inversions, as a center for your backbends, a balance booster or even a core strengthener. The eco-friendly plastic and PVC pipe frame won’t break or bend when you put all of your weight on it, so feel free to explore your limits.

Amazon.com, $70

See also 5 Poses to Try With a Dharma Yoga Wheel

Vapur 1.0L Wide Mouth

We love the new Vapur Eclipse one-liter wide mouth waterbottle in BlackOut. It’s unlike any waterbottle you’ve used. Fold it, freeze it, reuse it, attatch it to your yoga bag—basically you can use it for anything. Plus, it lays flat when empty and doesn’t take up space annoyingly like other rigid bottles. And of course, it’s BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and sustainable.

Amazon.com, $14

See also 5 Road Trip Gear Essentials for the Traveling Yogi

V-Shaped Meditation Cushion

V-Shaped Meditation Cushion

Let’s face it, meditation is hard. Trying to quiet the monkey mind can often be a brutal task, but Hugger Mugger’s handmade V-Shaped Meditation Cushion makes it much easier. Simply sit cross-legged and breathe. The organic buckwheat stuffing is comfy on the tush, and its sloping design promotes proper posture while you sit. Oh, and there’s a handle to make carrying the cushion a piece of cake.

Huggermugger.com, $65

See also The Holiday Meditation Gift Guide

Clever Yoga Kit 7-Piece Essentials Beginners Bundle

Clever Yoga Kit 7 Piece Essentials Beginners Bundle

If you’re new to yoga and need a one-stop shop for a prop starter set, then Clever Yoga’s 7-Piece Yoga Kit is for you. It comes armed with a no-slip, lightweight yoga mat, two EVA foam blocks, an 8ft cotton strap, and two handmade towels—face + mat—all bundled up in a black, easy-carry duffle. Just snag those yoga pants and you’re well on your way to a fulfilling flow. Need we say more?

Amazon.com, $50

See also 5 Yoga Gear Essentials for Beginning Yogis

Lole Lily Tote

It’s tough to find a versatile, cute, and big (but not too big) yoga bag. You know what we’re talking about: the kind that carries your mat, but can’t fit the kitchen sink. Enter the Lole Lily Tote. This sporty bag is equipped with a variety of pockets, a zippered section to slot your mat, and it’s big enough to fit your laptop. The top zip closure keeps it secure, and the convertible backpack straps make it great for traveling.

Nordstrom.com, $140

See also 5 Trendy, Functional Yoga Bags for Class and Après

10’8″ Activ MSL Paddle Board

Do you just love doing yoga on a standup paddleboard? (Being based in the high Rockies of Colorado, we jump at any chance to get on open water!) And Red Paddle Co’s inflatable 10’8″ Activ MSL Paddle Board is especially designed for yoga, pilates and stretching. The Tech Air process keeps the board ultra rigid—a must for practicing on a moving surface. It’s also wider than most boards, so you have more than enough room for poses.

Redpaddleco.com, $1429

See also The Post-SUP Yoga Sequence for Beginner Standup Paddlers

TRX GOSuspension Training Kit

TRX GOSuspension Training Kit

Haven’t tried TRX for yoga yet? Use the straps to fine-tune poses, work on inversions, and nail tricky arm balances that once seemed impossible in 2017. The TRX suspension training kit can be set up anywhere—at home, a hotel room, or even outside on a tree. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your body gets stronger.

Amazon.com, $100

See also TRX for Yoga: A Guide to Suspension Training for Yogis

Standard Yoga Bolster

Standard Yoga Bolster

True to its name, Hugger Mugger’s Standard Yoga Bolster is a staple for your prop collection. A firm foam core and cotton filling make this piece a sturdy companion to your Supported Child’s Pose or Reclining Hero Pose. The bolster’s cover is made from soft, upholstery-grade fabrics (our favorite pattern is this gentle tone ‘Stardust’). It’s a perfect thickness for new-to-restorative yogis, and handles on either end make transport a breeze.

Amazon.com, $85

See also Dragon Pose: Use a Bolster for Support & Honor Your Limitations

Lavender Essential Oil Roll-On

Lavender Essential Oil Roll-On

Before you practice, it’s nice to take a few breaths with essential oils. For a calming, restorative effect, grab the Lavender Essential Oil Roll-On by Nature’s Truth and slick it on your wrists in a circular motion over your pulse points. Other hot spots include behind your ears, a dab on the nose, or between your palms rubbed together. Inhale, and enter your happy place.

Amazon.com, $7

See also The Best Essential Oil Products for Every Occasion

Zen Yoga Strap

Zen Yoga Strap

Want a deeper stretch without the hassle of using a long strap? (Ehem, annoying buckles and getting tangled…) The three-loop, short Zen Yoga Strap prevents wrists, fingers and hands from the chafing of long straps. And there’s no extra strap material or buckles to mess around with—just move to the next loop as your flexibility improves. Try using two straps together for a longer effect if you really need it.

Zenyogastrap.com, $20

See also Kathryn Budig’s Perfect-Posture Secret: Anti-Slouch Yoga Strap Trick

Peaceful Diffuser Blend Collection

Peaceful Diffuser Blend Collection

Whether you tuck it away in your home practice space, office, or even your bedroom, Saje has amazing ultrasonic diffusers that combo water and a few drops of essential oil to spritz the room. So to add to that, we’re calling out our favorite package: the Peaceful Diffuser collection has oils dubbed “Yoga”, a rosewood blend; “Tantra”, a cinnamon blend; “Gratitude”, a vanilla/spearmint blend; and “Good Karma”, a lavender blend. Simply drop in 10–15 drops of this oil, add water and push the start button. Perfect to unwind in a relaxing yoga practice, a bubble bath, or right before bed.

Saje.com, $45

See also Scents that Heal: Aromatherapy for What Ails You

MOGI Yoga Mat Pannier

mogi yoga mat pannier girl practicing with bike

If you’re a yogi who commutes by bike and struggles to carry your yoga mat, then we’ve got news for you. The brand new MOGI Yoga Mat Pannier is a rear-mounted mat carrier which fits securely to the rack making the whole yoga-biking thing so much more convenient. It’s water-resistant, has three clips for easy on-off attachment, and cinches tight so it fits just about any mat size.

Amazon.com, $50

See also Shifting Gears

Leaf Nature

bella beat tracker

You can’t live without your smartphone, but have you tried smart jewelry? Leaf Nature, by Bellabeat, helps you predict your stress level and track your sleep, daily activity, menstrual cycle, and meditation practice, and look pretty doing it. Leaf Nature, like all Bellabeat products, is inspired by nature. It comes in two colors, Silver ($119) and Rose Gold ($129), and can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or clip (nobody will know that you’re “wearing” tech). Plus, it’s water resistant and durable, so it will keep up with you and your active lifestyle.

Amazon.com, $119

See also YJ Tried It: Bellabeat’s Leaf Urban Jewelry Helps Manage Stress

Scent Pods: Parisian Morning

parisian morning oil pods

When you’re on the go, getting your daily dose of essential oils can be tricky. But ESYM’s Scent Pods make transporting your aromatherapy easy. Calm your mind when you’re stuck in traffic, and rejuvenate your spirit when you’re having one of “those” days. Each pod contains 100% natural essential oils. Our favorite scent: Parisian Morning. It’s ultra fresh, and starts your day on a calming, relaxing and soothing note.

ESYM.co, $25

See also 7 Essential Oils Every Yogi Needs