Yoga Equipment You Need To Get Started

Yoga Equipment, Tools, and Props may not be required when practicing Yoga but they have always been useful aids to practitioners. Take note that it is essential to feel relaxed and comfortable when doing the poses

The most commonly used and most easily recognized piece of yoga exercise equipment is a yoga mat. Of course, there are many other types of equipment that exist, including blocks, bolsters, straps, grips, inversion slings, and more.

Yoga has been called one of the fastest growing sports. However, it is non-competitive and each individual “player” works at his or her personal level—increasing strength as they continue

Basic yoga equipment comprises of equipment like mats, blankets and eye bags. Then the second type of yoga equipment that includes supportive tools like belts, blocks and bolsters and even specialized tools that provide support for the designs they were designed for.

Your yoga mat can either be a large thick towel or rug, or a special yoga mat that is designed by different companies and sold in sports shops. The majority of yoga mats that are used are made from cotton or polyester latex. There are more expensive mats and less expensive ones, so you have to search around for the quality and type you want to invest in.
Foam Block: Foam blocks are used for beginners to extend their reach. Foam blocks should be dense enough to support your full weight.

Yoga Belt: Made of cotton or nylon, these wide belts help support and align your back and also to extend your grasp. They really aid in the stretching of your muscles especially the hamstrings

Blocks: Like blankets, blocks are props to make yourself more comfortable and improve your alignment. Blocks are great for standing poses in which your hand doesn’t reach the floor.

Straps: Straps are particularly useful for bound poses if your hands do not reach each other, and for poses where you need to hold onto your feet but cannot reach them.

Another piece of yoga equipment you may want to consider is a book or DVD for beginning yoga students to walk you through the different exercises. Even if you are taking a yoga class, it can be nice to have a reference at home in case you have questions or aren’t clear on how to assume a particular posture.

Serious yogis may want to invest in the following yoga equipment:

* An inversion sling is a specialized piece of yoga equipment that helps to relieve back pain by facilitating low back muscle stretching and providing additional spinal traction. Slings can also be used to stretch shoulder, chest, and groin muscles.
* Yoga ropes are wall-mounted devices that help you develop strength and flexibility. They assist in the practice of backbends or forward bends, make it easier to stretch your shoulder muscles, and help to create spinal traction.