Everything You Will Want and Need for Yoga
So now that we have gone over a lot of resources and ways to do yoga, I want to go over some key accessories and some not so necessary but wonderful equipment as well.
There are a lot of places where you can buy yoga equipment and the price range of all equipment varies so much!
There’s the high range lululemon gear, to lower range amazon equipment, your choices are endless.
It does not matter so much where you buy your yoga equipment from as much as it matters that you are getting on your mat and committing to your practice. I will have some discounts and coupons listed below as well for your convenience.
Yay to deals!
Yoga Equipment List
If that photo isn’t the full deal then what is?
Don’t be overwhelmed when you look at that photo. You do NOT need all of those things to do an hour yoga class. A lot of them will come in handy though!
Yoga Equipment Essentials – What You Will Want To Have.
Let’s start with a yoga mat.
I get this question all the time, what is the best yoga mat?
That’s a tough question to answer for me. It’s so easy to associate price with quality, and most times that is correct. You could go to lululemon, who live, speaks and breathes yoga and workout attire and drop eighty bucks on a mat. Or you could go to a local department store and spend maybe twenty on a yoga mat.
It’s what works for you.
Here are some things you want to look for when purchasing a yoga mat.
- Look for a non-slip mat. I’ve described this feeling before in other blogs but the last thing you want is for your hands or feet to start slipping in downward dog. A non-slip yoga mat is critical.
- If you have knee / back problems – get a thicker mat.
- A personal thing – I like my mat to have patterns. Gaiam.com has some best yoga mats.
- You can check out Gaiam HERE.
- How much are you planning on using your mat? If you want to be an everyday yogi (and you totally should it’s awesome) then spending a couple more bucks initially is the way to go. I wasn’t sure when I started so I ended up spending more money on a couple lower quality mats than just buying a nicer one to begin with.
It’s really all about the clothes isn’t it?
Get those stretchy pants on!
Firstly, I love me a good deal. What you want for yoga equipment is lightweight, stretchy material clothing.
You move your body into a whole variety of poses and you need your clothes to move with you, not against you.
I recommend a tighter fitting shirt as the last thing you want is to have it covering your eyes in certain poses – which does happen and will happen!
Now these can be just as important as the essentials. These will be all the tools that enhance your yoga experience or take it to the next level.
Hot Yoga Accessories
- A water bottle – See I debated with myself whether this was an essential or extra, but you’re definitely going to want one for hot yoga.
- Amazon has great choices and basically every single thing you’re looking for. I tagged ‘amazon’ in a link for my favorite water bottle.
- A towel. You NEED a yoga towel for hot yoga. It is an extra in the yoga accessories category but, you certainly want one for hot yoga. In hot yoga, you SWEAT like, a lot. Bring a microfiber yoga towel with you, I like to have one that is the size of my mat to lay over my mat.
- Check out Gaiam for some quality towels.
- A Yoga Block. This is a really great piece of yoga equipment for beginners. The yoga block helps a beginner relax in a hard pose, they’re great for sitting on and making sure your posture is good as well.
- My favorite here!
- A Strap. I could call it a yoga strap and if you are looking to buy one online then yes you would search ‘yoga strap’ but honestly, any strap will do. You can get so much more, usually in your legs, when you use a strap. One of my favorite poses using a yoga strap is when you’re sitting on your bum with your feet touching, wrap the strap around the top of your feet and under your ankles, lie down on your back and pull up on the strap as much as your body will allow. It feels great on your inner thighs.
- You can check some out here!
- Lastly, Yoga Socks! They are toe socks pretty much and are meant for extra grip during your poses. I have a pair myself and they work great. I don’t wear them every time I do yoga but do certainly enjoy having them!
As always, I hope to have been some inspiration for you to get on your mat.
Please feel free to leave me a comment or if you have any questions, ask away!
Happy yoga days,