The first time you try a new sport, activity, or class, it can be intimidating. If you are considering yoga for the first time, and want to know more about what to expect and how to prepare, you’ve come to the right place.
While there aren’t necessarily any items that you must have, we’ve outlined 3 essential yoga items that will help you feel more at ease so you can get the most out of your experience as you begin yoga.Move Easily with Proper Yoga Clothing
Yoga is unique from other workout courses, as it is a connection between the mind and body. With yoga, you’ll work in different positions and create new movements you’ve never experienced before. It’s likely some of the workout gear you’ve used and loved in the past may not be the right choice for yoga.
Form fitting clothing allows you to comfortably get into positions where your head hangs below your waist and not worry about whether your shirt is sliding down. Anything too tight might hinder your flexibility, and slick lycra-type pants might cause you to lose traction.
For men in particular, it can be difficult to find yoga clothes specifically designed for the male form in motion that are also manufactured ethically. That's why we created our Bhujang line of yoga clothes for men. Whether you choose our clothes or something else, remember that the best clothing options for yoga are form fitting, comfortable, and breathable.
Keep in mind yoga is generally done in bare feet, so feel free to leave those gym shoes at the door.
Find an outfit that is comfortable, provides proper traction, and stays where it should even if you are upside down, and you’ll be all set.
Many yoga studios and gyms will rent out or let you borrow a yoga mat, so it isn’t essential that you have your own. However, most people feel more comfortable on their own mat, since you can’t guarantee how often the studio mats get cleaned. Additionally, some yoga studios charge a fee to borrow one of theirs.
A yoga mat is essential not only because it helps define your personal space in the studio, but also because it creates traction for your hands and feet so you don’t slip. It also helps cushion you from the hard floor.
Yoga mats are easy to clean and roll up conveniently for traveling to and from the studio. With proper care, a good yoga mat can be part of your yoga experience for years and years.
Yoga may not look intense, but don’t be surprised when you need a towel to wipe the sweat off your brow. Bringing a towel to the studio may also come in handy by adding extra cushioning to the mat and helping you remain comfortable in certain positions. A towel can take the place of a yoga bolster, yoga block, or yoga strap as well.
As you become more comfortable with yoga, you will determine the best tools to get the most out of your workout. Being prepared and opening your mind and body to the experience of yoga is all you really need, but a yoga mat can sure come in handy.
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