Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, dynamic yoga … Don’t know what to bring?
Proper attire is essential in order to be comfortable and able to hold your asana, as well as basic equipment to ensure a smooth yoga session.
No need to waste time on the Internet to find the necessary gear and clothing, Superprof has done all the research for you and gives you all the best tips!
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First important piece of equipment: the mat, where you do your poses, body softening and other breathing exercises.
It also comes in handy for many other exercises: pranayama, prenatal yoga for pregnant women, bikram yoga, pilates, yoga meditation, hatha yoga …
Initially, you can make use of the mats provided by the yoga school or yoga studio that you are attending. Note that some places will charge you £1 or £2 for renting mats. If you do yoga regularly, it may be worth investing in one, for several reasons:
Having your own mat is a good idea if you intend to go to a yoga class frequently. Warning: be sure to go barefoot or wear socks on your mat so as not to dirty the mat with your shoes! Also think of others, there are disinfectant sprays you can use on your mat once your yoga session is over!
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The yoga mat is an indispensable piece of equipment for any yogini! Source: Visual hunt
Once you’ve chosen the right yoga app, it’s time to hunt down a mat!
To make sure you are buying a mat for yoga, they are often rectangular, measuring around 180cm long and 70cm wide with a thickness of about 5mm.
If you’re on a budget, a few dozen pounds should get you a basic model. Expect to pay over £50 for a high-end ultralight mat, made from recycled and biodegradable silicone free rubber, with a water-based coating, like this Yuj model. A model that should appeal to your inner yogi!
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Yuj yoga mats also have a “sublime” price point. Source: Yuj
Most of the time, schools or organisations offering yoga classes provide members/trainees with all the necessary accessories to carry out their yoga session. Here are some of the products you would need:
All these accessories will be vital when doing various online yoga classes such as:
Iyengar yoga uses supports such as straps, blocks, blankets and ropes to ensure good posture.
If your preferred position is knees bent and sitting on your heels, opt instead for a meditation bench, a kind of tiny wooden stool, to sit comfortably in this position and hold it for longer without any pain. The average price for this type of product is between £50 and £100.
Sage meditation has published a comprehensive article to help you choose between a yoga cushion or a meditation bench, with several product recommendations. It deserves a read, even if it’s just a skim.
The yoga meditation bench, like a little stool, is placed under the bum so you’re not resting on your heels. Source: Bluecony
The yoga meditation bench, like a little stool, is placed under the bum so you’re not resting on your heels.
Straps and blocks are also used in some types of yoga classes such as lyenga and vinyasa. Other yoga styles focusing on meditation may also use mala.
“Mala beads are a necessity for a rounded yoga practice…the beads assist you in counting chants and meditations without breaking your stream of consciousness.” As explained in an article published by life hack.org on the 10 must have yoga accessories.
The Lotus pose (or padmasana) is a sitting pose, used in hatha-yoga. It is also used in meditation by Buddhists. Melissa Eisler tells us:
The first thing is simply to sit up straight—on the floor, on a cushion or in a chair—it doesn’t really matter where, but a straight spine will help you to stay alert for your meditations. You want to feel alive and energetic while you meditate—physically and mentally—and sitting in a physical position that is upright encourages that alert state of being.
The right accessory can enhance the benefits of yoga, increasing your ability to fully let go and allowing you to meditate longer.
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You don’t have to break the bank in order to do yoga.
Keep in mind that your outfit must be comfortable and breathable, so as not to restrict movement. In terms of what items of clothing to wear, everything depends on what type of yoga you prefer:
Do you enjoy dynamic yoga?
Are you trying a free yoga session to see if you like it?
There’s need to invest in an expensive yoga outfit! Make use of what you already have:
That’s it, you’re all set!
Do you practice Yoga at least once a week or more?
Are you tempted to start a yoga class?
Superprof recommends specialised sportswear:
A “street” yoga class lets you be at one with nature! Source: Visual hunt
If you practice bikram (named after its creator Bikram Choudhury) or hot yoga, all you need is just a bra and shorts, to allow your body to perspire and cool down more easily, if you don’t mind flaunting your body that is!
Is it possible to do yoga exercises at home?
Absolutely! If you have a crazy work schedule, you can decide to do your dynamic yoga session, kundalini yoga, vinyasa yoga or ashtanga yoga at home by taking webcam lessons with a yoga instructor based in the UK. A great way to discover yoga!