Most of the time, yoga schools provide their students with all the materials they need for their yoga sessions. When you start to taste and practice some postures outside of the class, it becomes interesting to buy your own accessories.
Essential equipment to get to your first yoga class
A yoga mat is the most essential accessory. Most rooms have mats available for students and it’s perfect when are not sure yet if yoga is for us, but when yoga begins to be part of our everyday life and we want to practice at home, it’s better to have your own mat. The purchase of a yoga mat often goes hand in hand with that of a yoga mat bag and a mat cleaner. This is a disinfectant spray that can be sprayed on the mat after your yoga session. The ideal outfit for a yoga class is an outfit in which you feel good. It can vary depending on the type of yoga that is being practiced, hot yoga is often done in sports bra/shirt and shorts, but for more traditional courses, wide pants, a T-shirt and a sweater to cover at the end of the session are needed. A Zafu (yoga outfit) or cushion to sit on can be useful if one is not yet perfectly in the position of the lotus. A classic cushion may be suitable, its thickness will depend on the user.
Other accessories that can be used during a yoga class
A meditation bench can be useful and will be more advantageous in replacing the cushion for those who do not wish to sit cross-legged. Straps and bricks are used in some yoga classes to adapt postures. It is mainly yoga practitioners Lyengar and Vinyasa who will need bricks and straps. Practitioners of hatha yoga or other styles of yoga that are planning meditation times will sometimes have to get a mala. It is a necklace of 108 beads that can be made of wood, plastic, seeds or any other material and is used for concentration and recitation of mantras.
Where to find yoga equipment?
There are a few shops that are specialized in selling yoga accessories, so it is sometimes difficult to know where to find good value material. The simplest way is to ask the yoga school teachers where they order their accessories: companies and associations can have advantageous prices in case of group orders and the material is often of good quality. Sports stores are beginning to offer more and more yoga accessories: rugs, yoga clothes, bricks and straps are easily found. For cushions, meditation benches and mala, the shops or websites remain the main suppliers.
Now that you know the different types of tools and equipment that are used in practicing yoga, you can choose the one which is to your liking and makes you feel more comfortable. Since now it is easier to get yoga equipment and accessories in most shops, we don’t think you’ll take too much time to find them.