Spoiler Alert: Yoga Mats Are Optional

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One of the first things people do when they decide to try yoga is buy a premium mat to get them pumped for their practice. But what if you’re not ready to throw down just yet?

We're here to deliver some good news: You don’t actually need a mat to practice yoga. The poses were designed to work anywhere, and you probably already have a bunch of other items around your home that'll give the soft, cushioned surface you need for your downward-facing dogs.

Towels

Your beach towels aren’t just for lounging by the pool — they're also the perfect surface for yoga. You can layer a few on a hard floor to create a base that'll feel downright blissful in child’s pose.

Sheets and blankets

Got some bed sheets and throw blankets laying around? Fold them into a long rectangle and you’ve got yourself a yoga mat — no purchase necessary.

Bed

Believe it or not, you don't have to get out of bed to do yoga. No, it won’t be quite as stable as the floor, so avoid standing poses and brace yourself for a balance challenge. Bonus: Your pillows can make savasana even more relaxing.

Grassy lawn

Yoga encourages us to reconnect with our environment, and there’s no better place to do it than your own backyard. A grassy lawn will give you an earthly massage for your bare feet, and serve as a soft landing during your sun salutations.

Beach

Between the soft sand, rhythmic waves and sunshine, the beach is the ultimate place to practice yoga without a mat. Plus you can do your whole flow in a bathing suit and then cool off in the ocean. Sounds like heaven, right?

Carpeted floor

During the cooler months, you might be limited to solely indoor practices. Luckily, you can take your vinyasa to any carpeted room in your home. Just add soft music and candles for complete serenity.

Grippy socks

People like traditional yoga mats because they help their feet grip the floor. But a pair of grippy socks can do the exact same thing. Slip them on if you want to do yoga on tiled or hardwood floors.

Bath mat

A clean bath mat makes for a surprisingly good place to practice yoga. After all, it’s designed to stick to the floor, absorb moisture and feel cozy beneath your feet.

Nothing at all!

There’s no rule that you need a barrier between your body and the earth to practice yoga. In fact, practicing without any sort of mat can ultimately help you build strength and flexibility. All you really need is your body, your breath and a willingness to try.

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