When I first started doing Pilates, over 12 years ago, I didn’t have a mat…I didn’t even use a towel. I lied on the carpet of my messy living room. And, guess what? It still worked its magic.
Nowadays, I have a few nice mats and a small, very inexpensive, very easy to store, “at-home gym”…a.k.a. corner of a room that I keep the apparatuses shown below.
Sometimes I bring my mat outside. Sometimes I clean up my space, light some candles, and create a beautiful environment in my home for my yoga and Pilates practices. Other times, all I do is move a massive mess out of the way so there’s enough space on the floor for my mat.
Pristine environments can be heavenly for practicing yoga and Pilates, but they’re definitely not required.
My point: if you have a clear area large enough for you to lie down, you have everything you need to get started!
When you decide you’re ready for your first purchase, I’d recommend getting a mat. There are many different types of yoga and Pilates mats. Maybe you start with a $12 one from Target. Cool. When you’re ready to upgrade, here are my top two suggestions:
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