Beyond a mere form of exercise, yoga is a discipline that involves the physical, the mental and spiritual aspect of being. Practicing it only involves a few basic types of equipment, and many yoga practitioners recommend purchasing better quality essentials for longevity and safety reasons. Read on to discover some of the most recommended accessories to take your next workout to the next level.
#1 Yoga Mat
If yoga is something you pursue as an integral part of your weekly or daily routine – a more durable, high quality mat is a better option. High quality yoga mats run a bit pricey but are worth it in the long run as they prove to last a longer time and are more comfortable, and safer to use.
Standard: 7.5 lbs; 71″ x 26″; 6 mm thick. Extra Long: 9.5 lbs; 85″ x 26″; 6 mm thick
Manduka’s Pro Yoga Mat features a closed-cell surface to keep moisture and sweat from seeping into the mat and breeding bacteria (ideal for hot yoga). The high-density cushion provides joint protection, and versatility on any surface with a fabric-like surface finish.
Optimal for moving between poses, the high quality material will not peel, flake or fade and the product improves with use over time.
#2 Yoga Towel
Yoga towels help to keep you from sliding, and keeps your mat cleaner especially if you tend to sweat a lot. If hot yoga classes or vinyasa and power flow classes are part of your regime, having a yoga towel becomes a basic necessity to ensure your towel doesn’t budge as you work your way through a variety of postures.
Yoga Brights produces towels that are eco-friendly, durable & lightweight, and easy to care for.
#3 Yoga Bag
Having a yoga bag makes carrying your mat and towel much easier! Especially for heavier duty yoga mats, you need a bag to distribute the mat’s weight away from your arms. Made of 100% cotton canvas, this bag by Dye Grl is durable yet lightweight and breathable. The fabric is hand-dyed so each bag will be truly unique due to the dye process. Bright and invigorating to look at, all pieces are colorfast and will not bleed onto other fabrics.
Dye Grl Navy Yoga Bag, $49.00
#4 Pilates Resistance Bands
Gaiam’s three multi-level resistance bands will add variety and challenge to your workout with three different resistance levels. The kit comes inclusive of a detailed exercise guide, so you can work out at home when you’re away from the studio.
Increase shoulder flexibility and range of motion, strengthen upper back muscles, improve posture, and condition core muscles with this affordable all-in-one resistance band kit.
#5 Yoga Wheel
Gaiam Yoga Wheel, $84.98
Yoga Wheels are designed to improve flexibility, assist in stretching, and release tension around in the back, chest, and spine. This wheel won’t slip and the 5mm of cushioning will be gentle on your joints.
#6 Yoga Block
Tri-Color Yoga Block, $11.98
Using a yoga block will help you to maintain proper alignment and challenge yourself for deeper stretches.
This colorful yoga block is a lightweight yet stable must-have for practitioners at all levels, adding safety to advanced poses and providing a firm, comfortable seat for meditation and height and alignment for standing poses.
#7 Yoga Socks
Designed to prevent feet from slipping, these organic cotton socks also work well to help you keep up with your yoga regime when you’re travelling away from home without a mat. Wear them during pilates, yoga, and dance practice as they provide a barely there, barefoot experience. The patented non-slip grip keeps your feet in place as the five-toe design allows toes to move and spread naturally.
Header image by Manduka