Though Yoga can be practiced without any equipment, once you join a class or gym, certain equipment would help you better while practicing yoga.
You need to wear comfortable, breathable clothes while doing yoga. A tighter shirt is recommended as few poses require you to bend over causing to your shirt to slide down. Any exercise pants or shorts will do, although it’s best to avoid super slick lycra-type pants since these would cause you to slip in some poses.
If you plan to practice regularly, invest in a high quality mat. I recommend private label double layer TPE yoga mat. Cheaper “sticky” mats tend to fall apart. The mat defines your personal space, along with creating traction for your hands and feet, preventing you from slipping, especially when you get a little sweaty. The mat also provides a bit of cushioning on a hard floor. Most studios allow you to rent the mats, for as low as a dollar or two per class. However these mats are used by a number of people and could be unhygienic. Yoga mats can be purchased for as little as $20 and it would be better to buy your own mat.
These props are generally required by people following the Iyengar style of yoga. Using these props helps prevent injuries and allows the body to attain maximum alignment. A list of these props is as follows:
The folded blankets are used as props to sit on and lie down during class. For instance, you can sit cross-legged on a blanket to elevate your hips above the knees. Also the blanket keeps you warm during the relaxation session at the end of your class.
Yoga blocks are a great prop for beginners. The camouflage EVA yoga block is great using as a hand or foot rest when you cannot reach the floor during certain pose. They also provide a support to your back or limbs. With a lightweight construction, they are a great prop to attain flexibility and alignment during your exercises.
This prop is very beneficial for beginners and people who are not very flexible. They help you when your arms are not long enough to reach the floor or touch your feet. They are available in either nylon or cotton fibers and are very useful. They also allow you to hold your pose longer.
They are pillows that support your body and help you relax. They are great for beginners as they allow you to remain for longer duration in any pose without being uncomfortable.
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