Unlike other fitness regimens, you don’t need a specific kind of shoe or fancy equipment to practice Yoga. A positive attitude, an eagerness to learn, and a willingness to practice go a long way. Having said that, a few essentials can take your Yoga practice to the next level. We’ve rounded up four yoga essentials for yogis of all levels.
A yoga mat
Even if your yoga studio has mats, we recommend getting your own. It’s more hygienic and allows you to practice anywhere. When you’re on the market for a yoga mat, make sure you pay attention to length, thickness, and texture. Some Yoga mats are made from plant-based and renewable materials. Others are PVC and latex-free. Find a mat that will support the kind of practice you are interested in and make sure the material stays firm under your feet and offers a good grip.
A mat towel or yoga towel
If you practice Ashtanga, Bikram, or Power Yoga, you’re going to get very sweaty during your practice. Too much perspiration can compromise your grip and make your mat slippery, so you’ll need to spread a beach towel over your mat to soak up the sweat. Better yet, buy a yoga towel that is made to fit the length of your mat. Yoga towels often feature rubber nubs that adhere to your mat making it super-safe.
The ideal yoga apparel is comfortable and breathable. It should also be moisture-wicking if you tend to sweat. If you practice Iyengar Yoga, you may need to invest in form-fitting clothes that will allow your instructor to view your alignment and improve your form. Standard fitness wear, yoga pants, and tanks will allow you a full range of motion. You may also want to invest in a light jacket or a pair of socks. This will keep your muscles warm during the savasana or corpse pose and aid in recovery.
A water bottle
Staying hydrated is key to becoming a better Yogi. Fill a water bottle and keep it near your yoga mat when you practice.