So you’ve decided that you like yoga enough to invest in some tools. Or maybe you just want to see what you need before you go all in. Whether you are a self-taught yogi or a yogi that attends class and wants to practice at home, these are my top recommended tools for beginner yogis.
1. A Reliable Yoga Mat
A good yoga mat can get a little spendy, but it’s a good investment to make. After all, it’s one of the most basic tools for beginner yogis. Yoga mats provide cushion and comfort for poses where you’re on your back or knees. They can also be used as a visual aid to help you check your alignment and stance. As I cycled through yoga mats to find the perfect one, these were the traits that I found most important:
- Slip resistant. As you sweat, you might find it harder to grip the mat, especially with poses like the downward dog.
- Durability. Other exercise formats require yoga mats and even shoes, which are a nightmare for mats that are not durable. If you’re using your mat for more than yoga, you will want a mat that can withstand all that work.
- Thickness. When it comes to the “perfect” thickness for a yoga mat, it depends on who you’re asking. I have had some mats that are so thin that I might as well laid down on the floor without it, and I have had mats that are so thick I almost thought I accidentally bought a mattress. Two things to think about when deciding on how thick you want your mat is where you will be using it and what back problems you have (if any).
The first yoga mat I found impressive was a prAna yoga mat, as seen below. It’s the reason those three qualities matter to me. I didn’t know what I was missing out on until I got this mat! It’s thick, has good grip, and lasted me a long time. You might even recognize it from some of my Instagram pictures!
2. Yoga Mat Cleaner
I’m going to be honest with you and say that I did not clean my yoga mat until it got a little funky. I just never thought about it. I’m going to save you the hassle of cleaning months worth of sweat and stank off a yoga mat and recommend that you get a yoga mat cleaner. Just use it to wipe off your mat after each session, and you’re good to go. The ASUTRA yoga mat cleaner is my go to right now. It’s natural and organic, plus it doesn’t leave any residue on your mat.
3. The Yoga Bible
The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown is my go-to source for poses. Not only does the index list the poses by their English and Sanskrit names, but the Yoga Bible also gives you detailed instructions on how to get into the pose, where to gaze, and the purpose of a move. Some people think that yoga is easy because it is not fast paced, but in reality, there is more to a pose than simply being flexible. If you are someone who has a hard time remembering the names of poses, this is one of the best tools for beginner yogis.
4. Yoga Accessories
The two top accessories I recommend are a yoga strap and yoga blocks. They don’t have to be anything fancy. The reason I recommend getting at least these two things is so that you can safely modify moves as needed. Both tools help keep you stable as you build your strength and flexibility. They can even be used to further modify a move to make it more advanced. Live Infinitely has a three-piece yoga set that comes with two blocks and a D ring strap. The sets come in different colors, but I would recommend the cork blocks because they tend to have a better grip on hardwood floor and are extra sturdy. However, any color will do!
5. A Post Workout Recovery Tool
The human body is amazing. We can push ourselves to our limits and still get up the next day. That is why it is so important to thank our bodies for the hard work it does by helping it recover. The Amazon Basics foam roller is one of my favorite tools. Foam rollers help improve blood circulation, which helps the body recover after a workout. It also helps loosen up any tight muscles you might have.
While you focus on your yogi journey, I recommend also learning how to practice mindfulness. The connection with your mind and body will benefit you both physically and mentally.
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