Happy Monday! I thought I’d put together a list of some of what I consider my essential yoga equipment. Of course all you really need some space and a floor that you won’t slide around on, but if you want to add a few things, these are what I would recommend.
If you’ve done some yoga and you know you like it and will continue to do it, I’d suggest investing in the best yoga mat you can afford. You use it every time you practice, and having a good one that cushions you properly can make all the difference. I’ve been using mine for about two years now and it’s starting to fall apart in a few small spots. The next one I buy will probably be a Manduka Black Mat PRO 71-Inch Yoga and Pilates Mat < affiliate link. I’ve heard lots of good things about them.
I use blocks in almost all of my practices. I put them under knees or hips to add some support, or use them in modifications when I’m not able to get into the full posture. I know a lot of people like wooden blocks, but I like the cork ones, like this one, the Manduka Cork Block < affiliate link. I find that they’re a little gentler on my body. Two of these thick rectangle blocks are ideal, as you can change the height of them, depending on what you need.
I also like to use these flat, wide blocks for sitting postures. I have really tight hamstrings so sitting one one of these while doing forward folds really helps me get into the posture a little more than I would if I were sitting on the floor.
If you’re anything like me and find downward dogs challenging (I think just about everyone does), this hand towel is a life saver. I’m still working on my strength, and when I have sweaty hands while trying to hold downward dog for five breaths, my hands were constantly slipping. I had a couple teachers recommend a towel, and I’m so glad they did. It made all the difference. Using the towel I was able to get a better grip. so I was able to focus more on the pose. (Check out my review of the Manduka eQua Hand Towel here, and you can find it on Amazon here Manduka eQua Yoga Hand Towel, Kindred < affiliate link.)
What are your yoga essentials? Leave me a comment telling me what they are.
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My name is Fiona and I'm a CSEP certified personal trainer, yogi, soccer player, and foodie (baking is my thing) living in Calgary. Thanks for visiting Get Fit Fiona. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek into my life and the workouts and recipes that I share.