What do I need to practice yoga (For Beginners)
When I first started practising yoga, it was hard to know what I really needed to buy compared to what was available to buy. The Yoga industry is big business and offers a lot of amazing and gorgeously colourful products on the market. As you start your yoga practice, you don’t need most of them, especially as a beginner. So don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money up front.
So what do you need to practice yoga?
For hundreds or even thousands of years, there was no “yoga equipment.” Practicing yoga required only your body, mind, and spirit. And while that’s still all you need, most modern yoga practitioners feel more comfortable with a few basic items that are easy to obtain.
Yoga studios and some gyms have straps, blocks, and other props for you to use. Once you’ve got the basics of yoga down, you may want some of those items so you can practice at home, too. But for now, here are a few essentials to help you sift through the huge variety of stretchy pants, mats, and other yoga gear that is now available — so you can focus on your yoga experience, instead.
Your Own Mat
Your yoga studio or gym might have mats you can use, but it’s a good idea to bring your own, as the gym mats are a little wiffy! Although studios will wash and dry their mats, it can still be hygienically uncomfortable to spread your toes on one that’s been shared dozens of times. Yuck!
Additionally, having your own mat means you can take it anywhere and use it anytime — a great incentive to keep up your practice at home or even on holiday!
Depending on your preferred style of yoga, you may end up sweating quite a bit during your practice. This can make your mat slippery and dangerous, plus you probably don’t want to worry about sweat stinging your eyes when you’re trying to focus and balance. So bring something to wipe your brow during your session!
Comfortable, Breathable Clothing
Skinny jeans might be your current favourite, but they may cause some trouble in yoga. You’ll want to wear comfortable, breathable clothes that allow you to focus on the practice and not your tugging waistband or chafing sleeve. Or in my case, my first session my top was too loose and I was flashing for all to see!
Bring extra layers or a blanket and socks to use in the cooldown/relaxation period. My best bit!
A Good Water Bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated, no matter what style of yoga you practice. Bringing your own water bottle will save money and prevent waste. Plus, they’re readily available at sporting goods stores, usually in the colour or design of your choice (for those of you who like to co-ordinate your accessories!) ~ Etsy is a favourite of mine for individual designs.
For hot yoga classes, you may want an insulated bottle, to help keep your water cold throughout the class.
Studies demonstrate that individuals who find an exercise they love will stick with it and make it a part of their routines more readily than individuals who feel coerced into exercise they don’t love. If yoga is your preferred form of exercise, discover ways to step-up your calories burned and then make it your principal cardio routine. You’ll reap the additional benefits of increased muscle tone, core stability and lessened stress as well as a vigorous cardio workout.
Try it! There are plenty of YouTube videos accessible for every level – all for free!
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Also, here us a Guide to Calories burned during Yoga. Enjoy!