For thousands of years, people have enjoyed the many benefits of practicing yoga, including increased flexibility and stress release. If you want to enjoy these health benefits, practicing yoga is a great idea. For yoga beginners, it can be hard to know where to start.
Other than finding the right program for you, there are some materials you need to have in order to get started:
- Yoga mat
- Water bottle
- Yoga bolsters
- Yoga straps
- Yoga clothes
These items will help you comfortably and safely learn how to practice yoga. Let’s look at each one more closely to discover how.
Yoga mats provide a slightly sticky, soft surface for you to practice poses. The stickiness allows you to keep from slipping.The cushioned surface provides support as yoga is most often practiced barefoot.
Most yoga studios have mats you can use, but by having your own you can easily practice at home between classes.
Yoga, like all other physical pursuits, requires resources. As you practice yoga, you’ll want to replenish the water in your body to keep hydrated. For practitioners of hot yoga, this is even more important.
What should you look for in the best water bottle?
Personal preference is really the most important factor but when choosing your water bottle, take the following into account:
- How much water can the bottle hold?
- Is it easy to clean?
- Does the bottle keep the water cold?
- Do you need both hands to open and drink from the bottle?
- Does the company that made the water bottle participate in green or ethical practices?
- What does the water bottle cost?
You may not be concerned with each of these considerations, but they’re a good place to start.
When you’re new to yoga, you might find it difficult to hold some of the poses. Bolsters, or pillows, specifically designed for yoga can help you. Then, you can focus on your breathing and concentration instead of trying to hold your body a certain way.
Once the muscles develop, you won’t need the bolsters, but they can be a great tool for beginners.
Like bolsters, yoga straps are great for beginners who have difficulty holding a particular pose. The straps allow you to reach across a longer distance.
For example, if you can’t reach your toes, the straps might help you hold a pose without struggling to close the distance.
They also have buckles so you can create loops. Those loops make it easier to keep the straps in place.
Wearing the right clothes can allow you to reach and hold poses with more comfort. Yoga pants and a slim-fitting shirt that will wick away moisture are a great combination.
Thin layers are also a good idea so that if you get warm as you practice, you can shed unnecessary layers.
Having the right equipment is important to getting the most out of yoga. When you’re a beginner, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. But with these five items, you’ll be well on your way to maximizing your yoga benefits.