One of the great things about yoga is that there is really nothing that you need to buy in order to benefit from a good yoga class. So many workout routines want you to get step stools, weights, resistance bands, and more just so that you can complete one workout program. Yoga doesn’t work like that. When you are doing yoga, it is all about you and your yoga mat. Anything else that you get is up to you, your mat can easily be all you ever need for a good yoga workout.
“ALL YOU REALLY NEED IS A GOOD YOGA MAT”
How Should You Choose Your Yoga Mat?
One thing that is really important when you are trying to workout is to find workout accessories that make it more enjoyable for you to workout. You want your workout environment to be a place that you like to go to and a place that will help you to feel good about yourself.
When you are doing yoga, your workout environment is your yoga mat. This is the place where you will stretch yourself, challenge your body, and meditate back into yourself after a hard workout. Many people consider their yoga mat to be a sacred space and they don’t let anyone step on it, eat on It or do anything that is disrespectful to that sacred space.
And if your yoga mat is going to mean so much to you, it is important that you find and use a mat that you genuinely feel connected to.
The thing about yoga mats is that they are designed differently for different people. Some people like to have a harder mat while other people prefer a soft mat. Still, there are other people who like their mats to be a combination of hard and soft and still other people who do great with a beginners mat and never feel the need to switch.
You need to find a mat that works for you and your practice. It should be something that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed while helping you to feel strong in your yoga poses. Sounds tricky I know but once you get more familiar with different yoga poses you will be able to find what works for you.
Yoga Blocks and Bands
If you find that your muscles are tight or you cannot go into stretches as deeply as your yoga instructor, you may want to think about some yoga blocks or bands. A yoga block is simply a small block that you can place onto the ground when you go into a standing stretch. The block with support your body so that you can focus on going deeper into the stretch in a supported way rather than lose your proper form by trying to go as far to the floor as your instructor.
Bands also work to support you. For instance, if you are in a seated pose and you are having a hard time keeping your form while you are trying to stretch out through your legs, you can simply place a band around the ball of the foot and go into the stretch more deeply.
While you don’t need blocks or bands for most yoga routines, if you are having trouble with your form during your yoga practice, these tools can help you out.
Yoga Mat Towel
A yoga mat towel is something that many people who practice yoga do not need. It is more for the advanced yogi or the yoga student who tends to slip on their mat. The mat towel is simply placed over your yoga mat and it is meant t act as a gripper when you are performing those more challenging yoga routines that are designed to make you sweat.
No matter what accessories you decide to get for your yoga practice, there is one thing that you should make sure of – it should all look pretty. That might sound silly but it is true. Whether you are a man or a woman if your workout accessories are appealing to your eye then your workout won’t seem as intimidating and it will make it that much easier for you to dedicate your time to working out.