Like all other exercise forms, it is also desirable that you have the right gear and equipment for your yoga exercises. Though yoga is one of the easiest and most hassle-free form of exercising it helps to have the right clothes, gear and mats.
Clothes: When you are doing yoga do not wear tight clothes. Instead make sure they are loose-fitting and comfortable. It is best to make sure the shirt kind of grabs the hip area since with yoga there are many exercises and you do not want your shirt flying over your head. You can wear shorts or even a pair of pants for doing yoga in. One thing to make sure of though is that the pants are not made of a material that will cause you to slip when exercising. If you are not sure what to wear then you could even purchase a pair of yoga pants that will fit a little snug but, still allow you to move freely.
Shoes: You will not have to worry about your feet sweating and which shoes you should wear. The best shoes are no shoes, in other words you will be doing the exercises barefooted. If you are doing the exercises at a studio then the instructor will ask that all shoes are left by the door.
Mats: When doing yoga it is more common to use the single layer yoga mats or what some call a sticky mat. Considering when you are exercising it is only common to start sweating. If you are just standing on a wooden floor then the chances are high that eventually you will slip and hurt yourself. If you have the mat down then it will help you keep the proper traction so there will not be any slipping around. It is also nice to have some cushion under your feet while doing yoga. The yoga mats are very inexpensive and usually cost around 20 dollars. If you are not sure that this type of exercise is something that will be continued then talks with the studio and see if there are mats for renting.
Equipment that is Optional
If you find yourself doing a yoga style called Iyengar then you will be happy to hear this is going to teach you poses but, the proper alignment as well. It is important that you are careful when first starting out. The body is going to take some time for getting in the proper alignment and this is why it is usually recommended that props are used. If the yoga is being done in a studio then the props are provided but, if the exercises are being done in the comfort of your home then you might think about purchasing some.
Blankets: If you are going to a studio for yoga classes then you will be relieved to know they have blankets on hand for everyone to use. It is usually recommended that you grab at least two. They are good for elevating parts of the body higher than others so the exercises will give the proper workout. Another great thing about having a blanket is when you are done working out then you will do some relaxation exercises. At this time you have usually worked up a sweat and will start to chill, just grab the blanket and wrap it around you so you can warm up.
Blocks: Another form of a prop is using EVA foam yoga blocks. These are usually used when you are required to bend over but, not actually touch the floor.
Straps: The reason you would use a strap is for the bound poses. This would be if the hands cannot reach each other or if you need to grab your feet but just cannot get all the way there.