While a successful yoga workout doesn’t necessarily require special supplies, there are some accessories that can assist you in your practice, making it more effective and increasing your comfort.
When it comes to clothing, the key is comfortable and non-restrictive. You want clothing that allows you freedom of movement, and tight-fitting clothing can be restrictive. However, you don’t want excessively loose sleeves or pant legs that can get in your way.
Yoga mats are very helpful when practicing yoga, particularly when practicing floor postures. These thin foam pads cushion the angles of your body, making your practice far more comfortable. A yoga mat bag will protect your mat from tears, keep it clean, and make it easier to carry and store.
Yoga balls aid in stretching. They provide a degree of support that allows you to reach a range of stretches that you may not be able to achieve otherwise. They also help to support the back and prevent injury. Many yoga balls come with instructional DVDs to guide you in their use, or you may ask your instructor to demonstrate.
There are also many DVDs on yoga that are great for beginners as well as for those who are unable to attend a regular class. Other yoga aids include blocks or grip blocks. Grip blocks help to relieve stress on the wrists and are particularly beneficial for certain poses like the “downward dog” pose. These blocks bear the weight of your body, saving your wrists from strain. Yoga blocks, also called bricks, can enhance your poses and help you to achieve a greater range of poses and deeper stretches. It’s often a good idea to buy blocks which have an instructional DVD to guide you in their use and prevent injury.
Lastly, you might find some music CDs to be helpful during your practice. Any type of music that you find relaxing will do, but you can also find music CDs designed for yoga and meditation.