One of the great things about yoga as a beginner is you don’t need much stuff. No expensive sneakers, no weather resistant fancy clothes, no million-dollar yoga mat. If you are a beginner most studios have a supply of yoga mats so you can try it out before you commit. Personally, I am a fan of bare feet, I like that feeling of the air between my toes and it gives a better grip especially for balance poses.
Other essentials I enjoy now that I have been doing yoga for a while is a cute yoga bag (has to be cute…right?). Mine has room for my mat and several pockets for all my stuff.
Here is a list of my stuff:
- Head band – hair in my face when I am doing yoga is soooo annoying and can detract from that blissed out feeling I am aspiring for at every class.
- Eye pillow – I bought one of these on a whim wondering if I would like it and it quickly became my go to favorite, especially for Savasana.
- Essential oils especially lemongrass. I sometimes put it on my mat or my eye pillow or a small smidge on my wrists. It smells great, wakes me up for those early morning classes and enhances the yoga class.
- High waisted yoga pants. These are very helpful with all those up and downs and saves you from that muffin top peeking out (what a vision!).
- Yoga top that is fitted and has a little bit of compression so it also does not rise up, again with all those ups and downs during class.
- Mat of preference is Manduka.
Speaking of the Manduka mat, I have tried a few and this is the best by a long way. It is a sticky mat which means your feet do not slide, which is very helpful in downward facing dog, warrior 1 and 2 and so many more. When I began yoga, I invested in a couple of cheaper mats…big mistake. They just did not do the job and wore out very quickly. The Manduka mat is an investment but a very worthy one. I have had mine a year and it still shows no sign of wearing out.
To find out more about yoga mats I have found this website to be more than helpful:
This website is awesome because they have surveyed over 100 yoginis so you know their information is valid. Easy to navigate with tons of information - I recommend a visit.
Hope this blog was helpful and will make your next yoga class even more fun!
This blog post was sponsored by http://www.reviews.com/best-yoga-mat/. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way by BestYogaMat.