Yoga is the perfect sport to help you reach the balance between body and mind. It is a sport that improves your strength and flexibility. Also, studies show it is a great stress reliever after a busy stressful day. However, it is hard to reach all the benefits yoga has to offer without some essential yoga accessories such as mats, straps, blocks, or even adequate clothing.
Whether you choose to start practicing yoga at a studio or you prefer the comfort of your own home, you still need the minimum equipment. It is all about making the experience as enjoyable as possible. Moreover, it is also about hygiene and safety when you choose to invest in your own personal equipment.
Here is something for each category of essential yoga accessories.
No matter the place you choose to practice yoga, it is important to invest in a comfortable mat. You will protect yourself from injuries, especially if you are a beginner. There are many options when it comes to yoga mats. Most sports stores will provide you with a selection based on weight, thickness, and material. Whichever are the criteria you make your choice based on, keep in mind that it is more hygienic to have your own than a borrowed one. Your choice will come down to your own personal taste and preferences.
You will find many yoga mats out there, some more compact and thinner, others a little bit heavier and thicker. Another important factor when making your choice is whether you intend to travel with it or not. Some options are more portable than others and allow you to carry them with you, even by plane. Also, thinner mats are recommended to those who prefer an active yoga style or focused poses. On the other hand, thicker ones are generally used for therapeutic practices. This type of mat is more cushioned and comfortable for poses you have to hold longer.
The Gaiam Yoga Mat is a great choice and balance between all the elements discussed above. It can safely be used at home or even in a yoga studio. The foam inside it makes it comfortable as well.
And if you prefer a mat that is also suitable for traveling, this Gaiam Yoga Mat is a great choice for you.
Straps are a must-have in terms of yoga equipment. Especially if you are a beginner. They help you with proper alignment and to reach flexibility. Together with other accessories, straps allow you to safely stretch and practice certain yoga positions that require using them.
An option that suits not only beginners but also more experienced yogis, is the Manduka Unfold Yoga Strap. It is made from cotton and it comes in a variety of colors so you can choose according to your preferences.
What other essential yoga equipment is there?
These special blocks are great for all yoga enthusiasts. They are the perfect accessory for elongation and right alignment. Additionally, they prevent your muscles from straining. You can choose from a variety of options depending the color and material it is made of. Some are made of foam; others are made from cork or even bamboo wood.
If you prefer the blocks made of foam, a good option is Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block. You can choose from four colors. These are light and supportive and suitable for most yoga positions.
In case you prefer an eco-friendlier option, the cork blocks are great for you. We have you covered, with these SNAKUGA Yoga Block and you can also choose from two size options.
A yoga towel can have many functions. It can be for wiping sweat off or you can use it to make your mat more grippy for certain yoga positions. Also, you can use it folded to add support to your knees or headstand positions. A good towel should be light and quick to dry and also anti-slip.
A good choice is the Shandali Go-Sweat No-Slip Yoga Towel. It comes in two sizes and a variety of colors.
What about yoga clothes?
The first and most important feature when it comes to suitable clothes for yoga is comfort. For every piece of clothing you choose, you have to feel comfortable in it. Also, you have to take into account the many poses you have to try and sit in during a yoga session. Therefore, you should go for clothes that fit your form, both pants, and tops. Many sports stores have a category specially for yogis. There you can find many options and styles. Whether it is about pants, leggings, tops, or socks, you need adequate clothing. Another important element is the fabric. You have to look for quick-dry moisture fabrics that are nice on skin contact and will not stick on you.
In terms of pants, the ones from DIBAOLONG are a good choice. They are loose and comfortable. You can use them for both at-home yoga or studio. Also, you are free to choose the color or pattern that fits your style.
For leggings, the ones from Ciijune are skin-friendly and are high-waisted. They are specially designed for ease of movement and come in color options.
When it comes to tops, you will find many options out there. They can also be adjusted depending on the season or the intensity of your yoga session. A safe option is Aeuui’s Tank Top. You will find it in many colors, you just have to choose the one that you like the most. It is made of lightweight breathable material as well.
Lastly, yoga socks. They are a great accessory that gives you more grip and stability. Gaiam Grippy Yoga Socks are non-slip and perfect for poses that challenge your balance. You can find them in many color options.
All these essential yoga accessories have the purpose to make your next yoga session as efficient as possible. They will help you feel more comfortable and secure in your skills. No matter you prefer finding your balance at home or you enjoy the guidance of a specialist, it is worth to invest in a proper equipment.