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If you are new to the world of yoga, you might find yourself wondering, "what are the basic items I need to practice yoga and feel good, wherever I am?"
You can easily find yoga accessories at your nearest yoga studio and get discounts, but with the increasing popularity and trendiness of yoga, you might end up buying something that is unnecessary. So, it's helpful to know what are the essentials for a practicing yogi.
If you are not sure whether you have everything you need for your yoga session, check out our list below and prepare yourself accordingly.
1. Yoga mat: The basic purpose of a yoga mat is to keep you from slipping. You can purchase a mat from most yoga stores and studios. While many studios have mats for rent, every yogi has their own preference on qualities like texture, length, and thickness. Bring a mat that works for you to ensure you're as comfortable as possible during every practice.
2. Mat towel: Depending on your chosen style of yoga, you might sweat a bit throughout class. A slippery mat can impact your grip, especially while holding more challenging poses. A mat towel will help you optimize your practice while keeping your mat clean.
3. Breathable clothing: While practicing yoga, it is important to be sure that you are wearing yoga clothing that will help make your yoga session a success. It is important to select the right fit and make sure that the yoga clothes you choose give you the liberty to focus on yoga. If your focus is regularly diverted to the restrictiveness of the clothing, perhaps try a flowy top. If you're distracted by adjusting a loose or hanging shirt, you might want something a bit more form fitting.
4. Props: Folded blankets, blocks, straps, and tennis balls are props that can be useful for you while you are practicing yoga. Various props are available for students in most yoga studios. You may want to give a few props a try during class and decide which are most helpful for your personal practice.
5. Yoga videos: If you enjoy videos to help guide your yoga sessions, it is important to find the ones that work for you! There are hundreds of options tcatertter to various styles and preferences, so allow yourself time to find your favorites. To avoid technology interfering with your practice, be sure you have a good internet connection and/or the necessary equipment to play Yoga DVDs before you start.
Have any favorite yoga essentials? Comment below to let us know what you prefer to use in your practice!