Equipment to Help with Yoga

One good thing about yoga is that it can be practiced almost anywhere,

without all those yoga equipments, and by all people of all ages.


When doing yoga it is best to wear loose and comfortable clothing.

Yoga is traditionally done and practiced barefoot, but if this does not

suit you, you can just wear socks or soft-shoes.


It is also best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. Empty your

stomach, clean your nostril and throat, and consume a glass of warm

water 15 minutes before you start.


It's a good idea to consume a light snack such as an energy bar, a

piece of fruit along with a glass of water an hour before class to avoid

getting hungry or dehydrated during yoga sessions.


As I mentioned earlier, you don’t need anything hi-tech or fancy in order

to start practicing yoga. All you really need is the desire and a good

attitude to get started. But this doesn't completely eliminate the need for

some yoga equipment, especially if helps you do your postures



Most yoga equipment is built to help you achieve proper alignment,

balance as well as make the pose a little bit easier to do, especially for



- It also lessens the stress and strain on your body from doing

certain yoga positions.


- It helps support your muscles and protects you from injury. Yoga


- It helps save energy by exerting less effort on a pose.


Let's go over some of the more basic types of yoga equipment:


- Proper Clothes


While a opinions vary when it comes to the proper yoga attire ultimately

the choice is up to you, however it's a good idea not to wear tight fitting

clothes. Loose-fitting, comfortable and easy to move the clothing will

make your experience much more enjoyable.


- Mats


A good yoga mat provides cushioning on a hard floor, this specially

needed if your yoga studio floor is made up of cement or hard

wood floor, it can also provide traction for your hand and feet thus

prevents you from slipping or sliding on a wrong position when your

doing your postures.


- Towel


There are special towels that are made for yoga. You may find super-

absorbent towels that will be quite helpful if you sweat. You may also

buy a skid-less towel that you can use on your mat to help absorb sweat.


- A Bag


If you buy a lot of yoga accessories you may want to buy a special bag

to carry them. They look like duffel bags, and are often made of nylon.


- Bolsters


They provide support for your spine, abdomen and legs in a number of

different poses. Yoga bolsters can help you achieve better results



- Blocks


Like blankets, blocks are props that help you make yourself more

comfortable and improve your alignment. Blocks are great for standing

poses in which your hands don't reach the floor.


- Wedges


These can be used in many different ways to add support and length for

many different postures, especially under your heels, tail bone, or knees

when practicing forward-bending poses to make it easier to place your

hands flat on the floor without compromising correct form and posture.


- Yoga Ball


They help you learn balance, build your strength, tone your muscles, and

make it comfortable for people with injuries to exercise. These balls

provide extra support as you stretch, and are good for working out the

back and hips, and can also be used during pregnancy. You'll need an

air pump if you get one of these.



- Blankets


They can help you feel relaxed and comfortable which is essential in the

practice of yoga. Not only do they help keep the shell off, the folded

blankets can be used as props or to sit and lie on during class.


- Yoga Straps


These are most commonly made out of cotton or nylon and allow you to

grasp body part which you cannot reach effectively. They also give you

added flexibility and help you hold your poses a little bit longer. They

are particularly useful for bound poses if your hands do not reach each

other, and for poses where you need to hold onto your feet but cannot

reach them.


- Yoga Kits


For beginning yoga enthusiasts a yoga kit may be the solution to all of

their problems. A basic yoga kit contains everything you need to get

started practicing the art of yoga right away. A good kit can help you

avoid confusion and the extra expense often spent on individual and

unnecessary items.


For the most part yoga equipment is made to provide support to help

you feel relaxed and move deeper into the poses. While it may not be

wider at times it can be very helpful.


Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about

how yoga can be used to help control your blood pressure and relieve



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