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Yoga Gear — What's Hot — What's Not!

By Patrick Drew, updated November, 2013

yogaBlue? Pink? Red? Spandex? Lycra? What to do? When you enter into the world of yoga you will have to choose some form of equipment — and there are lots to chose from! In its original form, yoga was practiced outdoors in an outfit of loose fitting clothes — but with the increased popularity of the sport — and the move indoors into gyms there have been some changes.

Namaste. Yoga has been practised for centuries upon centuries, and is still just as popular now as it was all those years ago. The number of psychical and psychological benefits that yoga can offer you is simply astonishing. You'll lose weight, become much, much more flexible, your nagging aches and pains will subside, and you'll receive a psychological boost as well. Simply put, yoga is one of the most beneficial pastimes you could ever want to take up. If you have been thinking about taking up yoga however, then before you do you will need to find the right equipment first. The equipment you require is pretty basic, does not cost very much, and is readily available in a whole host of different stores. If you're not sure exactly what you need, then don't you worry, because we'll be covering that in this very article.

Simply put, yoga is one of the most beneficial pastimes you could ever wish to take up.

Yoga mats or towels — Before you even think about taking your first yoga class, you must first make sure that you're in possession of either a yoga mat or a yoga towel. The mats come in a whole variety of colors, shapes, thicknesses, sizes, and prices, so if possible, try to find the best one to suit your needs. Most mats come made from standard rubber, with varying levels of thickness. If you'd prefer a towel instead, then non-skid yoga towels are absolutely ideal. Towels and mats allow you to safely practice yoga, without hurting or injuring yourself, whilst making you as comfortable as possible.

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Yoga mat bag — Yoga mats can be pretty big in size, meaning they're quite difficult to transport around. If you take yoga classes at a nearby gym or fitness club, then you obviously need to transport your mat with you. That's where a mat bag comes in. They're specially designed to easily fit your yoga mat, making it extremely easy to carry your mat around from one class to the next.

Yoga clothing — As with all exercise, the right clothing is simply a must if you want to maximise your results as well as your levels of comfort. Sweat pants and loose clothing will work for a while, but specially designed yoga pants will provide you with exactly the right amount of support and comfort, allowing you to bend and stretch easily and efficiently. You can also purchase specially designed yoga tops, with built-in sports bras for women, making them very, very comfortable indeed. Non-slip socks would also be a good purchase in this instance.

Yoga bands — Yoga bands are special resistance bands designed to help you hold a specific stretch or pose for prolonged periods of time. The bands come in a variety of different lengths, shapes, and sizes, all of which offer different levels of resistance. Yoga bands are great for more seasoned yoga practitioners, looking to push themselves a little further than before.

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Towel — nothing special about this one — but as you will be sweating a lot it is a nice idea, not to mention hygienic and considerate for the next person, if you have a towel to wipe yourself and any sweat that might be on the floor. Note if you are practicing Bikram yoga then the room will be 40°C or 104°F, with a humidity of 40% - both of which will make you sweat insanely much! In this case, maybe less clothing and two towels is a better idea!

You'll lose weight, become much, much more flexible, your nagging aches and pains will subside, and you'll receive a psychological boost as well.

As you progress through the world of yoga you might eventually get to a stage when it is as much a mental / psychological exercise as it is a physical one. If this happens then there other items that might help you, including rosary beads or chanting bowls. Namaste.



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