Yoga is an increasingly popular form of exercise that helps develop muscle strength, flexibility and posture, whilst also burning calories. It is also a great way to boost physical and mental wellbeing. But sometimes it is hard to know where to start, especially with what kind of yoga equipment is essential or not. So before you hit your first yoga class or start practising from home, check out what you will need to get started:


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Essential Yoga Equipment

With yoga, there is equipment which is vital to your training. This may seem obvious, but it is important to know why those things are needed:

Yoga Mats

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A yoga mat is a must-have for learning yoga. Now, this may seem obvious, but yoga mats are designed to make sure you are supported and to help prevent injuries. They are usually made from vinyl or rubber to ensure they are durable and long-lasting.

When practicing yoga, a mat will be there to provide a layer of protection and comfort between yourself and the ground, whilst also supporting your body during various yoga positions.

Optional Yoga Equipment

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Once you have your yoga mat, your good to go, but there is other equipment that could assist you with your training or just come in handy.

Blocks

Yoga blocks are great if you are just starting out or need some support during poses. They are usually made from foam, bamboo, wood or cork, and are essentially used as an extension from your arms, shortening the distance between yourself and the floor.

If you are new to yoga, or know you will need some extra support for your back, hips or head, getting a yoga block can be really handy.

Straps

Similarly to yoga blocks, Yoga straps are great to help get you into some of those tougher positions. They are used to help you stretch your body and muscles over the course of time, making it easier to get your body into those more difficult positions.

If you need to improve your flexibility, or you just need some help stretching during your routine, then a yoga strap will make a massive difference.

Bags

So once you have your equipment and you're good to go, it can be helpful to get yourself a yoga bag. These are especially useful if you have decided to learn yoga at a public class, or if you enjoy doing yoga outside. Just roll your mat up and pack it away for easy transportation.

How to Keep Your Equipment Clean

Having the right equipment is great, but looking after it is just as important. Keeping your yoga mat clean is easy, all you need is soap (oil free), water and a cloth. Use this method before you use it the first time, and weekly after that to keep it fresh. You can also add some essential oils to make it smell nice whilst you're using it.

If you need something a bit quicker, a half and cider vinegar and water mix will work just as well. Wipe the mat down with a cloth and leave your mat outside to air dry.

All of these items are available on their own or in matching yoga sets at Exercise.co.uk.


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