First published June 17, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. IST
Yoga simply requires a mat as the main equipment. And since it’s essential, it makes sense to invest in a good one as it can help prevent injury and make your yoga practice more enjoyable. The plethora of yoga equipment available can be confusing, especially if you are new to yoga. Here are 5 must-have basic gear guides for beginners.
It is difficult to determine what you really need to acquire when you start practicing yoga. Because the yoga industry is always developing new equipment and equipment, you may think you have to spend hundreds of rupees before stepping into a studio or a class.
The good news is that you don’t need a lot to get started. That being said, whether you’re starting a home practice or looking to purchase some yoga-specific clothing and equipment before your first class, here’s what you need to know.
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1. Yoga mat
A yoga mat, also known as a sticky mat, is commonly used in gyms and yoga studios. This mat helps define your personal space while providing traction for your hands and feet so you don’t slip, especially if you’re sweating. It also adds some cushioning to a hard surface.
Most gyms have mats, and studios rent them out for a dollar or two each session. It’s fine for your first lessons, but the problem with these mats is that a lot of people use them and you don’t know how often they get cleaned. Accordingly, you should think about buying your own.
Is your yoga practice uplifting, like power, vinyasa, or hot yoga? Then bring two towels: one to cover your mat and one to clean your face. You usually have a few towels around your house unless you air dry after your shower, so this is a free item.
3. Water bottle and appropriate clothing
You probably have a bottle of water. Otherwise, invest in a good vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle. This style of bottle won’t leak and will keep your water fresh for hours. This, again, helps prevent slips and falls.
Modern workout clothes are non-cotton, breathable, and sweat-wicking. If you’re not sure if your butt will be visible through your leggings, perform the bend test in front of the mirror at home.
4. Yoga Wheels
Yoga wheels are a relatively new accessory that is starting to gain traction in the yoga studio. These wheels are approximately 12 inches in diameter and four inches wide.
When the wheel is straight, you can lie on it or rest one foot or hand on it to deepen the stretch and increase flexibility, slowly rotating the wheel as you relax into the stretch. Wheels can also be used in more sophisticated techniques to test stability or provide support.
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5. Yoga Blocks
Yoga blocks are used to improve your alignment and make you more comfortable. Blocks are especially beneficial for standing poses that require your hands to be on the floor.
The blocks have the effect of “lifting the ground” to meet your hands, instead of pushing the hands to come to the ground, thus compromising certain aspects of the posture. They make it easier to maintain an open chest and a powerful torso while avoiding misalignments.