The Importance of Yoga Props

Maybe you don’t think yoga props are important. While for Yoga teachers the value of props as a tool for alignment is priceless. Yet it is amazing when a Yoga teacher has a negative view of props and the students who use them. Every once in a while you get to hear contrasting views, but below I have listed a few quotes that no one wants to take credit for.

“There are no props in my style, in my classes, or in my town. My Yoga teacher says props are a crutch and there is no reason to make them available to students.”

This is a closed minded view, if I ever heard one. What about the student who cannot bring his, or her, spine in a straight line when practicing Triangle posture? One block, placed in the correct location, will change the alignment of the entire body.

A wall might also make a major difference to some Yoga students. So why not adjust a student into a better alignment so she or he can hold the position longer? This will build strength and the Yoga student will actually memorize correct alignment by feeling it.

“Yoga props are fluff. These people are not really practicing Yoga.”

This one comment “takes the cake.” My answer to this person was that she should seek a Yoga teacher who shared her lack of tolerance. Since Yoga encompasses many things; who should say what “real Yoga” is, or is not?

Props are used by Yoga teachers from many styles of Hatha Yoga such as Iyengar Yoga, Tri Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Chair Yoga, and many more Hatha sub-styles. To be honest, the Yoga mat is a prop. It was not that long ago when Yogis did not use Yoga mats. Why reject progress being made by some of the most innovative minds in modern day Yoga?

One mistake that most Yoga students and Yoga teachers make is thinking of postures as beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each body is unique and will be exceptional in some ways and less exceptional in others. We should stop focusing on the next “advanced posture” and think about the alignment of the Yoga posture we are in at the present moment.

Proper alignment should never be compromised for the sake of the ego. When you know that a blanket, bolster, ball, strap, block, chair, wall, or another prop would help a student’s alignment; using a prop is a “no brainer.”

Yoga teachers should make props available, but also be prepared to improvise. Most Yoga teachers do not have every prop available in their studio. This is not a problem, and it will teach you to be creative. One of our Yoga teachers shows her students how to use the kitchen counter, the bottom steps of a stair case, and towels as props for Yoga practice at home.

Last but not the least, there is no limit to what can be used for a Yoga prop. Our true potential, as Yoga teachers, is only limited by our thinking.


Some Tips of Choosing Yoga Clothes and Props

In recent years, yoga forms of various sorts have been gaining popularity around the world. They have become increasingly popular in the developed countries with higher urbanization where the lifestyles are more hectic and dynamic. The number of yoga practitioners is increasing and so is the trend of learning yoga. More and more number of women are taking to yoga for fitness, losing weight and getting into proper shape to find a better personality.

It is needless to mention that with the rising trend of yoga, the market for yoga apparels and props has grown in the recent past. A vast variety of products have emerged and hit the markets. There are companies that specialize in manufacture and sale of yoga products. Yoga apparels have also become fashionable and a woman generally prefers to choose something that it not just comfortable but also gives them confidence and a smart look when it comes to choosing the yoga clothes.

When it comes to choosing the best yoga clothes brand, the following is suggested to be kept in mind:

  1. The clothes brand should specialize in the distribution or manufacture of the products.
  1. They should be able to offer a wide range of clothing for all body types.
  1. They should have at least some yoga kits in the offing.
  1. The clothes offered should be made from materials that have been scientifically tested to comfort the person doing yoga.
  1. The clothes should be innovatively designed.
  1. In the case of women’s yoga apparel, the clothes offered should be engineered for their comfort and body shape.

blue printed PVC yoga mat

Once you have chosen the right company, it is time to make the right selection of the clothes. Here are a few tips that can be helpful.

  1. Select whether you would like to wear tight and body fitting clothes or the loose ones. This should depend upon the following:
  • Body type
  • Comfort
  • Yoga exercises to be practiced
  • Fashion choices
  1. Try online shopping and have a look at the range of products. Visit various websites and check products from various brands before making the final selection.
  1. Give a try to the eco-friendly materials if it suits your needs and pocket.

Equally important as the yoga apparel are the yoga props that help you learn, teach or practice the exercises comfortably. You would need the following yoga props.

  1. Mat: The most important yoga prop. And the brand new pattern double layer TPE yoga mat is the most popular one. Look for the standard size of mat but if you are above average in height look for a larger one. Ensure that the material is scientifically tested and there is no danger of rubber or latex. You may even look for eco-friendly and recycled mats.
  1. Strap: It is essential to reach the different poses especially in helping to reach the toes and in getting into poses easily.
  1. Block: There are a number of materials that are used for making eco-friendly yoga brick. Choose what suits your budget and needs well. The common materials are foam (dense), cork, fiber, bamboo etc.

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Yoga Props That Can Increase The Effectiveness of Your Practice

Are you a active practitioner of yoga? Some people enjoy yoga because it seems simple and can be done anywhere without the purchase of expensive equipment. While that is true, there are some props and accessories that you can use to make you more comfortable or safer, allow you to relax more deeply, or allow you to move in a way that you cannot naturally due to flexibility challenges, thereby making your practice more effective. Some accessories are virtually mandatory while others are purely matters of the taste or desire of the yoga practitioner.


Clothing should be comfortable and allow you to move freely. You don’t want your clothes to be too tight and inhibit movement and stretch, but neither do you want it too loose so that it rides up at inopportune moments. Plus, closer fitting clothing will allow your instructor, if you are taking a class or personal training session, to more closely observe your poses and offer suggestions for improvement or modification. If you have longer hair, you likely will want to tie it back or use a “scrunchy” so that it doesn’t fly all around or drop into your face and block your vision. You don’t want to stop the perfect pose by having to shake your head around to clear your hair out of the way.


You can practice yoga on almost any surface like grass, the beach, or carpet. However, if these are uncomfortable to you or if you are practicing on a bare or wood floor or frictionless surface, you will want to use a yoga mat with carry strap. People also called the mats “sticky” because they provide a certain friction to avoid sliding around.

The mat will allow proper placement of hands and feet without slippage out of the poses. In addition, mats can provide protection and cushioning for your knees, hips, and lower back. Yoga mats are made in various sizes, normal or wide width, normal or long length, and even various shapes, rectangle being the most usual but also including round. Different thicknesses are also available, adding more or less cushion but also adding more weight as the mat gets thicker–which can be bothersome if you have to carry your mat to and from class.

unique design TPE yoga mat


If you are new to yoga, are taking a vigorous power or ashtanga class, or just sweat a lot, your yoga mat may get slippery from dripping perspiration. The solution may be to use specially made yoga socks and yoga “gloves.” These cover your feet and hands and may cover fingers and toes or may be open to allow fingers and toes to protrude out through holes. They have special non-stick pads so that your hands and feet don’t slip.

Although they are becoming more popular, I find them too hot, especially in very vigorous classes. Another solution to slippage is a skidless microfiber yoga towel. They come in various sizes from a small towel about the size of a face towel to a large towel that covers almost an entire standard yoga mat. The side of the towel that contacts the mat has little plastic or rubber grippers that hold the towel, and therefore hopefully you, in place. Towels have a couple of drawbacks, at least initially.

First, you should wash them a few times until they can still let your hands and feet slip. To avoid this, you may want to spray or sprinkle water onto your towel which will cause your hands and feet to stick due to friction. In a hot class, the perspiration will eventually perform this task! In addition, until you are used to the towel being there, you may “trip” over it a little when moving from pose to pose. Once you get used to the towel, however, it is almost impossible to think of taking anything but a slow, restorative or serenity class without the towel to keep you from slipping and absorb perspiration. A final note on yoga towels, when you wash them don’t use fabric softener; it can make them slick when next you use them.


One of the most common accessories or props of yoga is the block. Blocks can be made of foam, cork, wood, or other substance. Most are approximately 9″x5″x3″. You can use EVA yoga block as an extension of your body to gain more benefit from poses. For example, in a wide legged forward bend, your instructor might suggest that you rest your head on the floor. For me, that result is a long ways away. But I can rest my head on top of a block and get the same relaxation response and relief of pressure in my neck.

In doing downward facing dog, you may not at first be able to get your heals down and stretch your seat bones to the sky to get length in the spine while your hands are flat on the floor. Put your hands on top of a block and you may achieve all of this. It might not be possible to do a revolved triangle with your hand on the floor, but put your hand on a block instead and you may get there. Using a block as an aid can allow you to get better alignment, stretch tight areas, and avoid unnecessary strain.

Other props

Other props that can increase the effectiveness of your practice include blankets, straps, bolsters, sandbags, eye pillows, meditation cushions and massage yoga roller. In our capitalist society, manufacturers are constantly coming up with new accessories to try to sell you, like backbending benches, calf stretchers, yoga ropes, and more. Some of these accessories, like one backbending bench I’ve seen, can cost up to $750. But adding a few useful, fairly inexpensive accessories like well-fitting clothing, a good yoga mat, a non-skid towel, and a block or two can enhance your practice without a lot of expense. While using some props if you don’t really need them can dull your practice, using accessories and props appropriately can make your practice more comfortable and effective.

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Props You Will Need for Yoga

Are you a fan of yoga? Yoga is the union of the mind, body and spirit expressed in motion, sound, meditation and community. This ancient practice of asanas (poses), meditation and gentle ritual will enrich your life and deepen your knowledge of your Self, while opening your spirit toward the world around you.

We recommend that you attend several live classes before you begin developing a home practice. Yoga studios will have all the equipment you require so you can try it out before investing in yoga mats, blocks, bolsters and straps. And you can own a yoga product kit if you like.

Live classes offer the opportunity to learn proper breathing technique, which is crucial in the practice of yoga; live classes also give you the opportunity to develop proper posture and alignment, as the instructor will move about the class adjusting yogis/yoginis. Many studios offer a one-week/one month trial at a discounted rate, taking advantage of these is a great way to introduce yourself to yoga. We also recommend attending at least two live classes per month in addition to your home practice . Again, live instruction is ideal for learning proper alignment and also provides an opportunity to meet people in your local yoga community.

Once you decide to develop your home practice you will need the following:

Yoga Mat

TPE yoga mat is best, you can also use a double color NBR yoga mat if you prefer a thicker surface to stand on; some prefer to do yoga on a cotton blanket, it is entirely up to you. The important thing is that your feet do not slip all over your yoga surface.

Yoga Blocks

These foam blocks are used to modify poses, essentially bringing the floor closer to your hands to enable you to maintain proper alignment, which is much more important than how far you stretch. You may also sit on the edge of a high density yoga brick to properly align your pelvis during seated poses. Blocks are recommended for beginners, but intermediate and advanced practitioners also find them useful for very challenging poses and days when you aren’t quite as flexible. We recommend that you start with two blocks. You can also use a stack of books about 3 inches high in lieu of blocks.

pink yoga products set

Yoga Strap

The thick cotton strap is similar to a Judo belt and is used to assist the yogi in challenging postures; most often used for hip opening poses and seated forward bends. Straps are also used for bound poses. The strap is held in the hands and usually wrapped around the foot, essentially acting as an arm extension. You can purchase straps at many yoga studios, online; or you can use a belt or a scarf.

Yoga Bolster

Bolsters are cylindrical cushions about two feet long, usually filled with cotton. Bolsters are used for forward bending poses, for many restorative yoga poses, and as modification for certain relaxation poses (e.g., tucked under the knees during savasana). You can purchase yoga bolsters online, many yoga studios will have bolsters available, and may be able to order them for you if there are no yoga supply retailers in your area. If you do not have a bolster, you may also use a stack of blankets.

Meditation Cushion

A zafu or meditation cushion is not necessary but it is a nice item to have, sitting on the edge of the zafu is ideal for proper pelvic alignment and ease of posture when meditating. If you do not have a zafu, a firm cushion or pillow will work as well.

It is always best to purchase good quality yoga props and supplies, but you can improvise with household items while you are developing your home practice.

Unlike other forms of exercise, yoga is an entire system of self-care that addresses the mind, body and spirit. There is no competition in yoga, especially with yourself; it is important to be aware that this is your practice and your time, you need only be present in the moment and the motion, surrender to the passage of time in this sacred space; accept yourself, breathe in love and joy. Be aware of the breath, if you cannot breathe deeply and smoothly, ease your position in the pose – remember that there is no competition in this space, surrender to your body and breath.

When you are preparing to move into a pose, be aware of your body, take the shape of the pose, delight in the forms your body takes, and luxuriate in the feeling of natural movement. Modify the poses as you need to in order to maintain proper alignment and easy breath. Resist the urge to push further than the body wants to go, your body will move you deeper into the practice when it is ready. If you feel tired during your practice, sit back into children pose and rest – do not rush, there is time. There is no pain in yoga. Breathe.

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What Do You Need When Doing Yoga

Perhaps you’ve read about yoga or seen it on TV, or maybe you’ve got some aches and pains and been told that yoga is the way to get rid of them. Whatever the case, you’ve decided that yoga could be for you and you’re itching to get started. But what do you need to begin?

You’ll be pleased to know that one of the many benefits of yoga is that you need very little in the way of props. In fact, you could start off in your living with nothing at all except a book or video to show you the ropes.

As for clothing, you just need to dress in something that’s loose and comfortable. Depending on the weather this could be an old track suit or pair of shorts and t-shirt. Of course if you’re heading out to a studio you may need to invest in something more custom made if looking chic is important to you. If so, you’ll find plenty of trendy yoga clothes to suit.

The next item that will help you in your practice is a yoga mat. In general, eco-friendly TPE yoga mat is the first choice. These come in standard sizes and thicknesses that have been determined to be most suitable for yoga practice. The key quality of a yoga mat is its stickiness. This is important to avoid slipping when in high tension postures especially if you hands or feet are sweaty.

latex free pink TPE yoga mat

In buying yoga mats, you have a wide choice ranging from simple inexpensive NBR yoga mat up to swank organic mats made of jute and other natural materials.

Other than clothes and mats, you can choose from many other yoga props including waffle yoga mat towel, bolsters, blankets and straps. All have their uses and straps are especially important for beginners. If you have trouble touching your toes for example, you can use a special strap to hook around your feet and so pull yourself down.

As I said at the beginning, you really don’t need anything to start practicing yoga. But getting and using your own yoga kit can enhance and deepen your practice. Just putting on your yoga clothes and rolling out your mat can put you in the yoga mood instantly and bring joy to your practice.

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Good Yoga Props Makes Yoga More Enjoyable

Let’s do yoga together. Although yoga can be practiced without any props or special equipment, sooner or later most people decide to invest in some supplies for their home practice. Equipment can generally be divided into two categories. First, there is the basic equipment. This can include things like mats, blankets, etc. The next tier in terms of priority might include straightforward supportive tools, such as belts, bolsters, and wheels. Finally, there is a range of specialized tools that can give very precise support to the positions for which they were designed. This article will discuss some of the different yoga supplies available, and what poses they are generally used for.

Yoga mats could be classed as essential, except that they can be substituted by a large microfiber yoga towel that isn’t slippery. The most important thing it does is help facilitate a student’s grip as they move through, and hold, different asanas. It is much easier to use a proper mat compared to a towel or rug, but if you are short of funds, you can certainly make do. Mats are generally inexpensive, with ‘sticky mats’ being the cheapest. There are higher quality synthetic mats, but even these can be bought for the cost of a restaurant meal. Generally, it is suggested that mats be hand washed, but I have washed mine in a machine with no problems.

At present, cotton mats tend to be used in some Indian yoga centers, and are also available on the internet. There are also ‘ecological’ mats, made out of rubber, or other natural materials. These exercise yoga mats are quite popular with yoga practitioners who are sensitive to their effect on the environment.

Blankets can be used in relaxation at the end of a session, or to provide gentle support when doing some poses such as shoulderstand and headstand. Blankets tend to be thin and lightweight. This is especially important when they are used to support the neck in the above mentioned asanas.

snowflake printed PVC yoga mat

Props were introduced by B.K.S. Iyengar, although they are used in many different disciplines now. The reason was that it made it easier for beginners and those with physical limitations to experience the benefits of some postures they may not yet be able to do. They can also help students become more aware of the subtleties of a pose, by allowing the body to align as it should. The props that particularly help with this are blocks, belts, bolsters, chairs, wall ropes, and special props developed for specific poses.

Bolsters are excellent for certain floor poses, and are often used to support the back. EVA foam yoga block is typically used in standing poses, and it is very useful when students are not yet flexible enough to reach the ground. This is particularly true in standing poses that involve twists. Belts are used in a variety of poses, including forward bends, and others that help keep the arms in the correct alignment. These are not usually expensive items, and are worth having on hand. They may allow you to really spend a lot of time in a particular pose.

The most expensive yoga supplies tend to be the very specialized props that can be used in headstand and backbends. They are certainly not crucial, in that you can use cheaper props to gain support in those poses. But they may offer particular benefits that are worth the cost to those than can reasonably afford them.

It is no doubt that good yoga props can make a home practice more enjoyable. It is particularly gratifying to be able to extend one’s ability in a pose, and practicing at home certainly provides the luxury of time sometimes not available in a class. Props, in this instance, would be very beneficial. But whether you need anything beyond the basics, a mat, is an individual call.

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Yoga Props are Fun and Useful

Yoga has appeared for a long time. While early yogi’s did not utilize props to perform their poses, but that does not mean we can’t make use of any and all tools available to us. Props are wonderful since they allow us to express ourselves more deeply in a posture while also allowing us to align our bodies better. For example, fitness yoga wheel can open up your body well. If flexibility is a consideration, the use of a prop can make it possible to “get there” in the pose, and eventually work up to not needing the prop at all. While recovering from injury or dealing with chronic pain, a prop can very well be a life saver.

Here’s a few guidelines to help you get the most benefit from your yoga prop.

The sticky mat

Yoga can be done anywhere and does not require a mat. The purpose of the mat’s “stickiness” is simply to prevent your hands and feet from sliding. It can be somewhat daunting to be in a downward dog pose and feel your hands sliding out and away from you! Yoga mats can be purchased almost anywhere and range in price from approximately $20.00 and go up to $60.00 or more. With mats you really do get what you pay for and it is advisable to get a higher quality printed PVC yoga mat, especially if your hands and feet tend to sweat easily. The greater the mat quality, the greater the grip.

Yoga mitts and socks

These create grip without needing a mat, although many people use them in addition to using a mat simply because they add even more grip.

pink EVA yoga block

Foam blocks

These are absolutely wonderful props. They can be used in a variety of postures, both in adding support and aiding flexibility. For example, if when performing a forward fold you cannot reach the ground the foam yoga brick gives you the extra “reach” as well as support. Blocks can also be used under the hands when performing upward dog pose and under the hips/lower back for support when doing a back bend. In fact, many people who have aching backs and cannot normally perform a back bend, are able to do so with the assistance of a foam block.


The use of straps are a tremendous aid in increasing flexibility. For example, while performing a seated forward fold wrapping the strap around the bottoms of the feet and using the ends to pull yourself more forward allows a much deeper stretch to the back of the legs as well as the lower back.

Counter top

The counter top in your kitchen can actually be a valuable prop. When performing Warrior III, many people find balance to be a struggle. Using the support of the counter allows you to maintain this position much longer. Simply fold forward, extending the arms, staying close enough to the counter that you can reach it with your hands. This will allow you to straighten out in this pose and build your balance as you practice more.

It is fun and useful to use props. Play with them and experiment to find the ones that work best for you. The main thing to remember is that anything that helps you feel more comfortable and secure in a pose is a good thing because it allows you to stay in the pose longer. The longer you can hold a posture and breathe through it, the more effective and beneficial it is. Of course the best yoga prop is your own open mind.

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The Specific Introduction of Yoga Props

What is a yoga prop? A yoga prop is any object helps you stretch, strengthen, balance, relax, or improve your body alignment. Props include yoga mats, which are sticky, non skid mats essential for providing stability and preventing your hands and feet from slipping, blankets that provide padding and support, long yoga straps and belts that are used in dozens of innovative ways to help you stretch further and prevent muscle and joint strain, bolsters, blocks, chairs and benches that support the body in various ways, wall ropes, sandbags, back benders, and many other objects designed to help students experience the various yoga poses more profoundly and safely.

Many common features of our homes or work place can also serve as props: floors, walls, doors, doorways, stairs, ledges, tables, desks, chairs, windowsills and kitchen counters. When I teach people at home, I show them how to use these common household objects to improve their posture, maintain balance and stretch, strengthen and relax.

By providing support, props help you to extend beyond habitual limitations and teach you that your body is capable of doing much more than you think it can.

Props can be used to make postures more challenging; to safely stretch farther; to work in a deeper, stronger way; and to expand, open, and blossom in a pose. In yoga we are asking the body to “work against the grain.” We are asking the body to let go of the death grip that habit and conditioning have on us. Props help us to accept this revolutionary (and evolutionary) process.

Using yoga props makes postures safer and more accessible. Most older people are quite stiff by the time they start yoga, and props allow them to practice poses they would not ordinarily be able to do. Older students also frequently come to yoga with problems, ranging from back and neck pain to knee problems to old injuries. The more problems a student has, the more useful yoga props are.

Props allow you to hold poses longer, so you can experience their healing effects. By supporting the body in the yoga posture, muscles can lengthen in a passive, non strenuous way. By opening the body, the use of props also helps to improve blood circulation and breathing capacity.

One of the greatest benefits of yoga as we grow older is that it offers exercise without exhaustion. Yoga replenishes our precious energy reserves. Supporting the body with props opens the door to what is known as “Restorative Yoga”, which not only allows you to exercise without exerting any effort but simultaneously relaxes and re-energizes you. This is critical during times when we find ourselves feeling too tired to exercise and then feeling even more tired because we are not exercising.

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Using Yoga Props to Reach the Correct Position without Injuring Yourself

When you are beginning your yoga practice, don’t worry if you aren’t as strong or as flexible as the more advanced students. This type of flexibility is developed over time with continued yoga practice. If you’re having trouble completing some of the poses, consider using props to help you reach the correct position. Using yoga props helps support the muscles and minimize strain so that you can continue practicing without injuring yourself.

Yoga props can also help elderly people and those with medical ailments to exceed their limitations, providing support and enabling them to perform the poses they would not normal be able to do. Of course, you don’t need to invest in any expensive equipment to practice yoga – you can do it naked in your living room without any fancy gear. However, if you’re just getting started, these props can make your yoga practice much more enjoyable and rewarding.

Mats: The yoga mat is one of the most important yoga props. Yoga mats are also called sticky mats – and that’s what they do! When used on a hard floor surface, the mat will stay in place, giving you the traction you need to perform the poses. Even when you start to get sweaty, your hands and feet won’t slip. The mat also gives your knees a little cushion when you’re kneeling on a hard surface.

Mats aren’t expensive – you can pick up a NBR yoga mat for under $30 and it’ll last a long time. If you’re just starting at a gym, they’ll probably have some that you can borrow. However, out of hygienic concerns, get your own and bring it with you. You don’t know who used that mat before you!

full printed PVC yoga mat

Blankets: Some studios will provide blankets for students to use during practice. If you’re having trouble performing some seated poses, you can fold them up and sit on them, changing the angle of the pose and improving alignment. They’re also great for covering yourself up during the final corpse pose. Then you’ll be so much more relaxed when you’re warm and toasty under your blanket.

Straps and Blocks: D-ring yoga straps and EVA yoga bricks are also handy tools to have when you’re just starting out. Both can be used to modify poses to make them easier if you aren’t that flexible yet. If you’re taking an introductory class, ask the teacher to help you use them throughout the class. He or she will be able to recommend the best way to modify poses with these props.

Attire: You might not think of your workout clothes as props, but what you wear can have a huge impact on how well you practice. You don’t need to invest in a certain brand or specific article of clothing. But you should make sure that your attire is comfortable and breathable. Women, also considered a form-fitted top for yoga practice. Sometimes your head ends up lower than your hips which can cause your top to slide down.

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Yoga Props Makes Yoga Practice a Little Easier

Sometimes yoga props can be expensive and confusing. But are they necessary? No, yoga props aren’t necessary but they can make life a little easier.

To do yoga really all you need in yourself. No special clothes, fancy props or expensive instructors. There are a few things that can make yoga a little easier and a lot more enjoyable.

The Mat

If you are going to purchase one prop a yoga mat with strap would be the first thing to look into. When I started practicing they were expensive and far between. Now you can get a mat pretty much anywhere but before you buy one do a little of research. There are standard sizes of mat’s but they work for standard size people. If you are taller, look for a longer mat. If you have sensitive knees or back look for a thicker than average mat, I always use two mats stacked together and find that most comfortable. A newer development in mat’s is the material. The price range and material vary. There are mats made artificial products, which can off-gas so make sure to be careful of the content if you are allergic to rubber and or latex. There are now recycled mats, eco mats and many others. Evaluate your needs, wants, money and priorities before purchasing.

The Strap

Depending on your age this one could cook up some scary images! After the eco-friendly yoga mat I would rank the strap as 2nd most important. Lots of poses can be broken down into smaller steps, we are not all pretzels. A strap is useful for all levels of users, to helps use reach our toes or to aid us into getting into poses easier. Depending on your budget an old neck-tie can work just fine. Not all facilities have props to borrow.

orange EVA yoga brick

The Block

I’m ranking the custom yoga block third most important yoga block. There is a wide range of materials used for blocks, dense foam, cork, fiber, bamboo and I’m sure some others. A phone book works great when practicing at home but if you’re traveling anywhere to practice you may want something a bit lighter. I find the cork and wood a bit hard, but the dense foam isn’t the best environmentally friendly item. Try out a few and make this call for yourself.

Comfortable Clothes

You don’t need expensive and fancy clothes for yoga but you do need comfortable, breathable clothes. For women it’s best to have a well fitting top so that when you are hanging out upside down you keep your dignity. I would advise against short shorts just for everyone’s piece of mind. Avoid ties, belts, zippers, snaps or buttons would be advisable.

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