How to invest in Yoga equipment
Yoga props and equipment are a boon for yoga students and practitioners. With the
right yoga prop, you can allow your body to bend, twist and turn with proper
alignment and reduce the risk of injury.
Earlier, that is the pre-covid era, when most workouts and classes happened at gyms or designated spaces, props were provided by the gyms or by teachers at the location. But now that most students are practising from home, it’s become imperative to invest in some good quality yoga equipment to facilitate working out from home.
But the question is where does one start when investing in yoga props. Here are some of our recommendations for yoga equipment, listed from indispensable to non-essential.
No one can dispute the fact that a good quality yoga mat is essential for yoga practice – whether you are a beginner or an accomplished yoga teacher. Your yoga mat is your constant companion in every asana you practice. A good quality yoga mat – with the right thickness and grip can elevate your yoga practice no matter where you are practising. Most people even prefer carrying their own mat to the yoga studio. Not only is it more hygienic but also helps define their personal yoga space.
Anyone who has attempted yoga will know the usefulness of yoga blocks. Yoga blocks help in making many asanas more accessible to beginners. While starting out your yoga practice, you may find that your body lacks the flexibility required for many poses. This is where yoga blocks become useful. They help in maintaining alignment and make the yoga poses easier.
A yoga strap or belt is a big advantage while doing your stretches. It not only improves your posture and helps in form alignment, but also increases flexibility and makes your stretches more worthwhile. The yoga straps act as an arm-lengthener while working on your stretches. Straps come in various sizes and materials and you should choose one that works well for your height and is comfortable to adjust during poses.
The main criteria for buying a yoga blanket is thickness and size. Their main purpose is to make you more comfortable during your practice. They are used to keep you warm during the final relaxation poses and meditation. They can also be used to cushion your knees and elbows. They work wonderfully to gain height in seated poses which helps straighten your spine.
A yoga bolster may not be an essential prop for your yoga practice but it is great for restorative poses. The more you start practising and enjoying the art of yoga, you will begin to realise when your body needs these props. A yoga bolster can be placed under various parts of the body to provide a comfortable and firm support. A bolster is also ideal for pre-natal and postnatal yoga when the body needs extra support for certain asanas.
The yoga wheel is a newcomer in the yoga prop universe and is mainly used for advanced poses. So while it’s not essential to your day to day yoga practice, it has the potential to increase flexibility by encouraging you towards more challenging balancing poses as well as helping attain difficult-to-reach poses. It is imperative to understand how to include a yoga wheel in your day to day practice in a safe and effective manner and this would be best done alongside an instructor.
These yoga props are a game changer when you are trying to create a yoga routine at home. Having some of these props can help you get excited for your yoga sessions and motivate you to be regular with your practises. If you are looking for more motivation to start your yoga journey at home, then you can read more about our tips here.
Remember that good quality yoga props can be a lifetime investment and you want to buy products that can help enhance your practice. Here we have discussed some of the more prominent yoga props but there are many simple yoga equipment pieces that can help in your practice such as yoga gloves, yoga socks, knee pads and yoga balls. You don’t want to invest in everything at one go and be overwhelmed. Buy yoga props as and when you feel your practice needs them.
If you are looking to invest in some essential yoga props to aid your yoga practice, you can check some of our best selling products here.
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