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Inexpensive Yoga Supplies for Beginners

Melanie loves health & fitness and is currently studying for her personal trainer certification.

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Yoga Supplies for Beginners

Doing yoga is helpful for reducing stress and is a great way to improve physical health (because let's be honest, yoga is a great workout!). When done alone, yoga can be very soothing, and it can be a blast when done in a group.

Before diving into yoga, you'll need a few supplies. Don't worry, most of these products can easily be found on the cheap, so you shouldn't break the bank getting everything on the list.

Take a look at the various yoga supplies below to decide what you like and what you actually need. If you're in a yoga course, you'll want to check with your instructor to see which items they recommend. If you're doing this on your own and have no idea where to start, I've gone in-depth on what everything is, what it's for, and if you really need it. I've got your back!

Manduka Equa yoga towel

Manduka Equa yoga towel

Yoga Mats

Having a good-quality yoga mat is important. While there are some really pretty designs in stores, it's crucial to get one that's really comfortable. I love the thicker ones, but this is a personal preference. The thicker yoga mats can be more difficult to clean as they're made from a foam material. Hair and other foreign materials tend to cling to these as well.

Whether you want something thick that will offer more comfort or something that's thinner and easy to carry, there is a huge variety of yoga mats out there.

Yoga towels are another option that can be added on top of a yoga mat. A yoga towel won't slip off your mat and has a plush, soft side which is especially helpful in keeping you dry during your stretches.

I lucked out and got a really cushy, branded yoga mat from work. I do recommend the thicker mats in case you clunk your knee from coming down too hard from a pose.

Yoga blocks allow stability while stretching and doing certain yoga poses.

Yoga blocks allow stability while stretching and doing certain yoga poses.

Props: Blocks & Bolsters

Yoga props allow you to safely do some of the more difficult poses. There are different kinds of yoga props available. My personal favorite is the yoga block. A block can aid in supporting your body when you can't quite reach the floor, helps you better align your body, and even offers support.

Even though blocks look like something for people who are more experienced in yoga, you may find yourself using a block on day one. If your muscles aren't quite ready to handle a tricky pose, a block can help you safely get there.

A bolster is another great yoga prop. Like the block, it can offer support. I prefer using a block versus a bolster as it's easier to find blocks and they're fairly standard in any yoga class.

Straps are also nice to have. They're great for pulling your arms or legs closer during certain poses. They're helpful, but not a necessity as many things can be used as a substitute for a strap (jump ropes included!).

A great pair of pants will be stretchy and will, ideally, allow your skin to breathe.

A great pair of pants will be stretchy and will, ideally, allow your skin to breathe.

Clothing for Yoga

There are numerous types of clothing that are both popular and incredibly useful for yoga. Yoga pants are incredibly popular (and are admittedly cute). However, you can really wear whatever you feel is comfortable.

Any clothing that easily stretches is perfect for doing floor exercises, even if it's loose-fitting. I have a pair of stretchy gaucho pants that I absolutely love (and would recommend to anyone!).

Shirts follow a similar concept to the pants: comfortable and stretchy. You can wear an old t-shirt, a gym halter, or just an undershirt.

Since I'm in ballet as well as yoga, I find that wearing my leotard with my gaucho pants on top is a comfortable choice (and still looks great). However, your instructor may want you to wear something that hugs your skin so they can tell if you're using the right form when doing various poses. Having the wrong form is an easy way to get an injury, so form-fitting clothes may be required!

I also personally prefer to wear yoga socks which allow me to do poses without having to worry about slipping.

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A good gym bag doesn’t need to be expensive.

A good gym bag doesn’t need to be expensive.

A Gym Bag

Most of your yoga stuff will fit in a standard-sized duffel bag (with the exception of your mat), so you won't have to invest in a fancy yoga bag. Keeping that in mind, it's still great to be able to carry your mat in a bag, especially if you don't want it to get dirty.

You can easily pick up a carrying bag or a strap anywhere mats are available for sale. Some are even large enough to carry all your other yoga supplies, too!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Melanie Palen

Comments

carol stanley from Arizona on August 31, 2012:

For those starting out at Yoga this is a great hub. You always want to know what you need for any activity. Great hub and thanks for sharing.

Ritakriti from India on August 31, 2012:

Hi,

Being a yoga lover I loved this hub. I remember how I was suffering with hypothyrodism and cured this with the help of yoga and medication. Recently I have also bought a yoga mat to give myself a treat.

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