Are you a beginner at yoga? Before heading out to the yoga studio for your first yoga class, ensure you are prepped with all the essentials, like the perfect yoga mat and a comfortable yoga outfit. Here are 7 Yoga Essentials for Beginners.
Yoga for Beginners
Yoga is fantastic—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits. It is a great motivation to work out, and I highly recommend it before workouts like boxing that require much concentration. Tons of workout apps offer different types of yoga classes.
What are the different types of yoga?
The leading yoga practices are Vinyasa yoga (aka flow yoga which is similar to Power Yoga taught at most LA gyms or studios), Iyengar Yoga (all about holding the poses and stretching), Kundalini Yoga (chanting, mantra, and meditation), Ashtanga Yoga (the most intense yoga), Hot Yoga (practicing in 105 degrees), and Yin Yoga (meditative yoga). The newest yoga trend is ‘face yoga.’
What is the most accessible Yoga for Beginners?
Hatha Yoga is the most accessible form of yoga because of its slower pace, and it’s an excellent start for a beginner.
7 Yoga Essentials for Beginners You Can’t Live Without
When you start yoga as a beginner, it’s hard to know what you need to buy, whether practicing kundalini, hip-hop yoga, or acro-yoga. Here are the top yoga essentials you need when practicing yoga.
01. Yoga Essentials for Beginners: Yoga Mat
Whether practicing at home or in a studio, you need your yoga mat. You will want a strong mat that doesn’t move and can be cleaned easily.
A Packable Yoga Mat
02. Yoga Essentials for Beginners: Mat Towel
A mat towel can serve many purposes. It would be best if you had it to cover your yoga mat during a hot yoga session, and you could cover the yoga bolster or blanket provided at the studio with it. Or use it as a blanket during the vital part of the class.
03. Yoga Essentials for Beginners: Water Bottle
Don’t show up to a yoga studio with a plastic bottle. That’s a big no-no! Plastic is harmful and can’t be recycled easily; it is just not the yogi way.
Crystal water bottles are this year’s hottest essential wellness trend. Crystal water bottles are fantastic healing tools. Each crystal has different healing power: amethyst (calm and peace), rose quartz (unconditional love & compassion), pink quartz (relieves stress), and black obsidian (truth and protection). Remember: Crystals only work if you believe in them.
04. Essential Oils
Essential oils like frankincense and lavender can be used throughout yoga to calm your body and mind. You can sniff before hitting the mat or use a diffuser during practice, and this is a great yogi essential for beginners.
05. Yoga Essentials Items for Beginners: Block
Yoga block gives Yoga Beginners a little support and length when it comes to poses like the crescent moon. As beginners, you will need the block when you hit the mat more than the experienced yogi.
06. Yoga Essentials for Beginners: Strap
Straps help Yoga Beginners with achieving more range of motion during stretching poses. Again this is another essential that is more suited for beginners when they hit the mat to practice yoga.
07. Yoga Essentials for Beginners: Comfortable Outfit
I can’t stress enough how a comfortable yoga outfit will make your yoga practice much more effortless. This may seem obvious, but many people new to yoga don’t always know what outfit to wear. A yoga outfit can’t be too loose or too tight. Also, a yoga outfit can’t have accessories that make too much noise since moving around often.
What Not to Wear to Yoga Class: short spandex, loose shorts, thin or holey pants, shirts that don’t fit, tons of jewelry, and tons of lotion.
Yoga Essentials: Comfortable Yoga Outfits
Lululemon and Alo Yoga are great places to start looking for a comfortable and essential yoga outfit to practice as beginners. The price point might be expensive, but these essential yoga outfits will last you for years. I bought a pair of Lululemon pants ten years ago, and I don’t know how many times I have washed them since I bought them, and it still looks brand new. The leggings come in different lengths (25″, 28″, and 31″).
Traditionally, yoga is done barefoot, but if you use the studio’s mat, you will want to wear grip yoga socks.
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What is your favorite yoga class?