I’ve been practising yoga for almost two years and without any doubts, I can say that this is my kind of sport. Neither aerobics nor fitness have made me feel complete like yoga and meditation can. And since yoga is all about connecting your mind and body, all you need to do is to take a seat, relax and start breathing mindfully. However, seating on a hard wooden floor isn’t the best option you have when it comes to feeling relaxed. Shortly after you start your yoga session, you will start feeling pain in your bones and muscles because you won’t be able to perform all yoga asanas. So, here’s the time when yoga equipments comes in handy.
The market has to offer a lot of yoga equipments but the good news is that you don’t need all of them, especially if you are a beginner. Thus you can have a peace of mind as you don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money on yoga props. So, let’s take a closer look at what you really do need.
If practising at home on a soft surface you may don’t need a yoga mat, but if you are doing yoga on hardwood floors, it is essential to invest in a sticky rubber yoga mat that won’t slip while offering you a certain level of cushion. These days you can find yoga mats ranging from $15 to $50 that differ by their material, padding, sweat resistance, stickiness and so on. Whichever you choose will depend mainly on your budget and personal preferences as well.
Another important rule of having a quality yoga session is to wear comfortable and breathable yoga clothes. You’ll probably want to wear comfy exercise pants or shorts with a bit of stretch that will enable you to freely move, and when it comes to the shoes, you don’t really need nothing at all. Yoga is usually done barefoot, meaning that you won’t need some pair of bulky athletic shoes.
Just like having the right yoga mat and clothing, yoga blocks as well are props that will help you feel yourself more comfortable and ones that will help you have a proper alignment. Yoga blocks are especially helpful when practising some standing poses in which your hands don’t reach the floor.
Depending on the type of yoga asanas you practice you will probably have to deal with sweating. And to deal with this you will need a high-quality, and extra-absorbent yoga towel that will prevent the sweat running all over your body and face. Using a yoga towel will also prevent the mat from becoming wet and slippery.