When it comes to yoga, the image of a healthy body is in my mind . But it can be hard to achieve those toned calves or a blissful state if you don’t have the right yoga equipment.
Owning your own equipment is a must if you’re practicing at home with the help of an online tutorial or a DVD. If you’re practicing at a studio, the instructor may provide extra mats, blocks, or straps for students. While borrowing equipment can be a great way to pinch pennies, it can also be a great way to catch germs, like the flu or MRSA. Unless the equipment is cleaned after every session, you’re likely sharing body fluids and sweat with the person who took class before you.
That’s why it’s important to invest in your own yoga equipment. Some items should be on your must-have list, while others are nice, but not always necessary:
Yoga Mat: Since you don’t want your feet slipping out from under you while moving into a posture, the mat is a fundamental piece of yoga equipment. And foldable yoga mats are convenient and popular. It also provides cushioning for your joints, which is especially important as we age. Most yoga studios provide spare mats, but if the thought of sharing foot germs and sweat with the person in the previous class doesn’t appeal to you, invest in your own.
Mats come in varying thicknesses. For most practitioners, a 3mm thickness is appropriate. If you have joint issues such as arthritis, consider investing in a thicker mat, perhaps with a 5mm thickness.
Yoga Block: Another must-have piece of yoga equipment is the EVA foam yoga block. Made from lightweight foam and molded in the shape of a brick, it’s usually placed under the hands or elbows to help your body stay in the correct position. In addition, practitioners may also sit on them-which is why you’ll probably want to cut down on the germ-factor and purchase one or two yoga blocks of your own.
Yoga Strap: This piece of yoga equipment is a nice add-on for those who really want to improve flexibility. Shaped like a belt, it can be looped around the feet, shoulders, or back to stretch out reluctant muscles and ligaments.
Yoga Clothes: No, the “maybe” doesn’t mean that you have the option to go nude in class. If you’re strapped for cash, any loose-fitting clothes, such as sweatpants and a t-shirt will be fine. By the way, you can wear toe yoga socks. However, yoga clothes are specifically designed to allow you to move freely and easily. The materials may also be breathable and keep moisture off of your skin-great to have especially if you’re practicing Bikram, or Hot, yoga. If you can, splurge on a set of comfy yoga clothes.
Moreover, yoga is designed to create a relaxed state of well-being, but that can be hard to achieve if you’re worried about catching a communicable disease from your classmates. While it’s nice to know some of these tools can be borrowed, you’re better off investing in your own yoga equipment.
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