Last time, we talked about the practice of good yoga posture and different poses along with their benefits. Today, we are going to cover some of the different types of yoga equipment and what it can do for you. One good thing about yoga is that it can be practiced almost anywhere, without bulky equipment, and by all people of all ages.
It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing when practicing yoga. This allows your body to move freely without restrictions. Yoga is traditionally practiced barefoot, but if this does not suit you, you can just wear socks or soft-shoes. It is also best to practice yoga on an empty stomach so you do not have a lot of food moving around.
If you have to eat something, then it is a good idea to consume a light snack such as an energy bar, a piece of fruit along with a glass of water an hour before class. This will help to avoid you getting hungry or dehydrated during your practice.
As I mentioned earlier, you don’t need anything hi-tech or fancy in order to start practicing yoga. All you really need is the desire and a good attitude to get started. But this doesn’t completely eliminate the need for some yoga equipment, especially if it helps you perform each pose correctly.
Most yoga equipment is built to help you achieve proper alignment and balance as well as make each pose that you perform a little bit easier to do, especially for beginners. It lessens the stress and strain on your body from certain yoga positions as well as supports your muscles and protects them from injury.
Let’s go over some of the more basic types of yoga equipment:
While opinions vary when it comes to the proper yoga attire, ultimately the choice is up to you. However, it’s a good idea not to wear tight-fitting clothes. You want to be able to move freely so loose-fitting clothes are the way to go.
A good yoga mat provides cushioning on a hard floor, this especially if your yoga studio floor is made of cement or hardwood floor. It can also provide traction for your hand and feet thus prevents you from slipping or sliding while performing different poses.
There are special towels that are made for yoga. You may find super- absorbent towels that will be quite helpful if you sweat. You may also buy a skid-less towel that you can use on your mat to help absorb sweat.
If you buy a lot of yoga accessories you may want to buy a special bag to carry them in. They look like duffel bags, and are often made of nylon.
They provide support for your spine, abdomen, and legs in a number of different poses. Yoga bolsters can help you achieve better results overall.
Like blankets, blocks are props that help you make yourself more comfortable and improve your alignment. Blocks are great for standing poses in which your hands don’t reach the floor.
These can be used in many different ways to add support and length for many different poses. Wedges are great to use under your heels, tailbone, or knees when practicing forward-bending poses. It makes it a lot easier to place your hands flat on the floor without compromising correct form and posture.
They help you learn balance, build your strength, tone your muscles, and make it comfortable for people with injuries to exercise. These balls provide extra support as you stretch and are good for working out the back and hips. They can also be used during pregnancy. You’ll need an air pump if you get one of these.
These are most commonly made out of cotton or nylon and allow you to grasp body part which you cannot reach effectively. They also give you added flexibility and help you hold your poses a little bit longer. They 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.
For beginning yoga enthusiasts, a yoga kit may be the solution to all of their problems. A basic yoga kit contains everything you need to get started practicing the art of yoga right away. A good kit can help you avoid confusion and the extra expense often spent on individual and unnecessary items.
For the most part yoga equipment is made to provide support to help you feel relaxed and move deeper into the poses. While it may not be wider at times it can be very helpful.
Next week, we will be talking about how yoga can be used to help control your blood pressure and relieve stress.
Check out my next blog post–> “Why Yoga Matters Part 5- Controlling Your Stress Levels”
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