Yoga Equipment You Should Consider Buying
If you'd like to get started with yoga, you don't need much yoga equipment. In fact, a good yoga mat and some space in a room is sufficient. But, there are other kinds of equipment that can help you maximize your yoga poses comfortably. In this article, we'll give you an overview of the different types of equipment that are available when you're ready to take the next step.
In reality, you don't even need a yoga mat to practice yoga. But, your mat provides a cushion between your body and the ground. If you're practicing your poses on a hard surface (for example, hardwood floors), you'll find a yoga mat indispensable.
Your yoga mat also offers traction. Some poses are more difficult than others. Yoga mats are designed to grip the floor and prevent slippage. When you're ready to purchase a mat, you'll find several kinds including Ashtanga and Utopian mats along with Universal, Deluxe and travel mats. If you're just beginning, buy a beginner's mat. Once you have more experience with yoga, you'll be able to find a mat suited for your needs.
Some styles of yoga require very difficult poses involving your back, neck and legs. A yoga bolster helps you achieve these poses. A bolster is an oblong cushion that you use to "bolster" or support certain parts of your body during a pose. Whether you're practicing a pose that requires a straight backbone or you need to relieve tension in your neck, abdomen and legs, a bolster provides the support you'll need.
Like yoga mats, you'll find several types of bolsters. For example, a cylindrical bolster offer good support for forward bends and can be used under the knees. Rectangular bolsters can be used under the knees and lower back. A breathing bolster is specifically designed to help you concentrate and control your breathing. Bolsters travel very easily because they're compact.
Yoga blankets are a luxury. That is, they won't necessarily help you with your poses or your breathing. However, they're useful if you want to add a bit of warmth to your yoga mat. Some yoga devotees suggest that those who practice Bikram or Ashtanga yoga can use a yoga blanket to absorb sweat. In our opinion, you would be better-served to get 1 or 2 bolsters before buying a yoga blanket.
The clothes you wear while practicing yoga play a key role in getting as much out of your poses as possible. You'll be holding a variety of body positions. So, you'll want to be able to move freely and comfortably. Wear loose clothes or clothes that stretch easily. If you're inexperienced, wear shorts so you can watch the alignment of your knees and feet during your poses. Also, buy cotton because it can absorb your sweat more easily.
Getting Started On The Right Foot
Though there's plenty of yoga equipment you can buy, there's not much you'll actually need. Definitely purchase a good beginner's mat. Once you know the type of yoga you'll be doing most often, you can buy another mat uniquely-suited for your needs. Consider buying a couple of yoga bolsters. For some difficult poses, they'll lend valuable support. Finally, buy clothes that make sense. You want clothes that are light and comfortable that allow your body to move freely. With those few pieces of yoga equipment, you're ready to start practicing your poses.