Yoga isn’t an expensive exercise to take up but you will need some basic equipment to get you started. The five main items are clothing, a non slip yoga mat, a blanket, a block and a yoga strap. In this article we’ll cover each of the items, what they are and whether you should buy them before you get started.
- Start with comfortable clothing
To get the most out of your yoga practice you will need to wear light, comfortable clothing. Shorts or lose fitting bottoms work well, but avoid lycra as this could cause you to slip. Choose a top that is loose but form fitting as some of the poses are inverted, which means that your head will come down below your hips and could cause your top to ride up.
You don’t need to worry about expensive footwear as yoga is practiced barefoot and you can wear yoga grip sock with toes. In fact many studios ask that you leave your shoes at the door to protect the floor area and keep it clean.
- Add a yoga mat
Yoga mats, or sticky mats as they are often called define your personal space in the studio. They also provide traction for your hands and feet so that you don’t slip during the poses.
You can usually rent a mat from your studio, but they will be used by lots of other students and you don’t know how often they are washed; it’s surprising how sweaty hands and feet become during yoga practice.
You can buy a yoga mat for as little as $20 from a sports store or an online yoga specialist. Beware of cheap yoga mats as often they can be slippy which can lead to injuries. Most studios will happily store your mat for you if you become a regular which saves you carrying it to class each time.
When you start out you will probably not be too flexible so a folded blanket is useful as a prop for seated postures. They also come in handy in the relaxation time at the end of class if it is chilly in the studio. You don’t need to buy your own mat unless you wish to practice at home as most studios will have a supply for you to borrow during class.
Blocks are also useful for beginners, especially for the bending poses where you have trouble touching the floor with your hands. Again these should be available for you to borrow foam yoga block during class, but if you want to practice at home can be purchased from the yoga specialist store.
A yoga strap will help you to reach your feet in seated postures. Like blocks they are inexpensive and can be purchased for practice at home or borrowed during class if required.
It is not necessary to buy expensive equipment to start practicing yoga, just some comfortable clothes and a sticky mat will set you on your way. Items like blankets, blocks and straps are useful for beginners and can be either purchased or borrowed from the yoga studio.
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