Yoga involves various postures and movements. Many of these postures are simple and not very strenuous, except when one does power yoga. Some postures in yoga require supports and this is where yoga equipment plays an important role. In order to carry out these body postures people may often require different yoga equipment to help them perform these postures correctly and efficiently. So this makes yoga equipment an integral part of practicing yoga.
The appropriate apparel, comfortable shoes and mats are the basic yoga equipment required by yoga practitioners. On the whole the equipment required is very simple – rugs, straps and blocks to name a few. The best thing about yoga equipment is that they are easily available at local stores, shopping malls and online shopping sites where a huge variety can be purchased, as most of them are also household items and are not very difficult to locate.
It could be puzzling to choose from such a wide array so people who are new to yoga can follow these guidelines. Apparel in yoga plays an important role so clothes must be comfortable and should also breathe well, that is why cotton clothes are a good choice. If you are wearing shorts or pants make sure you have the ones that are designed for exercising. You may often have to get into odd positions while doing yoga so your clothing must be comfortable and ensure mobility keeping in mind the physical movements that are involved.
Shoes are not required while practicing yoga except occasionally for certain exercises. In this case people are recommended to follow the instructions of their experts/masters or teachers. You may often be asked to leave your footwear at the door, which should be implemented without any fuss.
A yoga mat is a must-have for every yoga practitioner. It helps in providing comfort and grip while performing the stances, especially to the hands and feet. This yoga equipment is commonly seen in gyms, studios and yoga training centers.
Rugs are yoga equipment which are generally provided by yoga training centers or gyms to their pupils for practicing poses which require them to lie down or squat to perform a particular yoga stance. Also essential are blankets when you are exercising.
Another piece of yoga equipment is the block, which is more like a prop for yoga practitioners. It helps the practitioners to do their stances with more ease. Get one that can hold your weight.
Straps and belts are also very essential and are required for poses that are limited to only one part of the body. One example of this is the bound pose.
Get yourself yoga equipment that you are comfortable with and you’ll find that you can do your yoga poses and exercises more comfortably and more easily.