Safe and Better Yoga Practices Starts with Yoga Equipments

February 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Yoga

Doing yoga, may you be a fan or just a first-timer, makes it more exciting when you’re geared up similar to those that you see on yoga DVD. Like other sports and fitness work outs, special tools aid yoga positions to be safer and more effective to execute. But it’s not just buying what’s cheap or new in the market, before hitting up the yoga classes, it is recommended to check on the right yoga equipments to use.

1. Yoga Apparel
Since yoga can be performed conveniently anywhere, clothing must also be very comfortable. It is worth getting yourself good quality kinds of clothes and accessories because you will enjoy more your activity and will not hinder your movements. Starting from the head, keep your face neat with headbands, clips or ponytail holders. For your top, a nice-fitting, moisture-wicking fabric shirt and yoga pants will do the get-up.

Yoga pants are available in different cuts, lengths and materials such as organic cotton and spandex. Fitting and feeling them will help you in deciding which will be more comfortable to wear.

Yoga really does not require footwear, but at present, there are non-slip yoga socks and even sandals which one can fashionably wear when going to and from yoga classes.

2. Yoga mats
Choose between a thin or a thick yoga mat. It is said that a thinner type supports the wrist better and is advisable to be used on gym that is made of wooden floor, however, gyms specially designed for aerobics and uses the thick types of mats.

To keep your yoga mats clean and last longer, there are mat bags that can be purchased separately so as to keep it clean in between classes and not just be stored anywhere. Also there are mat wipes that can be used to avoid build up of bacteria which are very convenient for the user as these wipes are disposable and very easy to use.

3. Yoga Balls and Sandbags

To do your yoga positions better, a sandbag can help the thighs in poses such as in standing positions, and gives an extra lift for the seated poses. On the other hand, for those who are up for more challenge, a yoga ball can help you achieve it; likewise for the beginners who want to have their core muscles stronger like in the abs, arms and legs.

4. Instructional Materials
A good way to start yoga without the worries of enrolling and budgeting is to have a first-hand info through sites over the internet (which comes for free) and brochures which are given out by yoga studios. Another is the yoga DVD that can teach basic yoga poses and movements.

5. Blankets, bolsters, straps and blocks
Basically, these yoga equipments aid your yoga poses as it supports your back, legs, arms and even the whole body weight. It gives you more comfort, flexibility and warmth.

These are just some of the many existing and growing number of yoga equipments. One need not buy everything because what a hatha yoga requires may not be necessary in practicing a bikram yoga. This only means that there is also practicality in doing this kind of workout and even improvising are encouraged.