There’s no doubt that you’ve heard the amazing benefits of yoga. Yoga is known to help improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Studies have also shown numerous mental benefits including helping to manage stress, improve sleep, and boosting your mood. For more information on the benefits of yoga, I have a blog post on that here>>.
If you’re curious about how to start yoga but not sure how, don’t worry, I’ll fill you in on what you need to start right now.
The amazing thing about yoga is that you can start anytime, anywhere with very minimal accessories needed.
1. Gear You Need to Start Yoga
The first thing you’ll need is comfortable clothing. It doesn’t need to be anything special, just clothing that will allow you to have full range of motion. Pick whatever outfit you’re the most comfortable in. It can be cute and fashionable, or purely functional. Whatever feels right for you.
Basic Yoga Props to Consider
Props are tools that help you to gain full benefit of yoga poses while in the process of building up strength and flexibility. Don’t worry if you don’t have any yoga props, I will cover substitutions with common household items.
A Yoga Mat
A yoga mat isn’t a requirement, but is a great thing to have to keep yourself from slipping. Based on the flooring in your space, you can decide whether or not you need a mat to start yoga. They come in a variety of materials including PVC, natural rubber, and cork.
You can choose the thickness of your mat based on your needs. If you are practicing on a wood floor, or need more cushion for your joints, you can find thicker mats that offer more give. The material and surface of mats offer different properties. Cork mats for example provide excellent grip no matter how sweety they may get, while rubber mats are extremely sticky and grippy when dry.
It’s not essential to spend a lot of money on a yoga mat. You can find affordable mats everywhere now, even your local dollar store.