By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife
I’m still going strong following my 30-Days of yoga challenge. It was not easy but it was SO totally worth it. If you are thinking of embarking on a similar journey, I would recommend that you equip yourself with a few basics.
Yoga does not require a ton of equipment and the few props that are recommended are very affordable. Here are my basics:
Manduka Yoga Mat: I must have owned this mat for about 8 years now. It’s a little on the pricey side, but it’s also indestructible. I love that is just the right amount of “sticky” and at 85″ long, I never end up off the mat.
Yoga Towel: I need this when I’m taking a more intense class and know that I will get sweaty. This microfiber towel is anti-slip. Just put it over your mat to absorb those rewarding sweat beads and to get extra grippiness in your hands and feet so that you don’t go slipping and sliding all over.
Yoga Block: If you go to class, your yoga studio will be equipped with these so you don’t need to bring your own. But you will want at least one block for your home practice.
Yoga Strap: As with the block, unless you’re really afraid of cooties, you don’t need to bring this to class, but you will want a strap for your home practice. Use the D-ring forms the loop that you will want in certain stretches.
Yoga Mat Spray: You don’t want to be distracted by a malodorous mat when you are trying to focus on those forward folds or downward dogs. Keep it clean and smelling fresh with a spray such as this one which is biodegradable and phosphate-free.
Yoga Mat Sling: After an invigorating yoga class, the last thing I want to do is to squeeze my Manduka mat (being longer and thicker than standard mats, it’s bulkier) into a yoga bag. Instead, the sling works great for me.
Yoga Mat Carrier: I don’t have one of these (yet!), but similarly to the sling, this can fit any sized mat plus it has pockets to store those small personal items.
Grippy yoga gloves and socks: I have a pair similar to these which I use when traveling. I definitely can’t fit my yoga mat into my suitcase.
Yoga Starter Kit: This is a great kit (and gift idea, btw) for someone just getting into yoga. It has everything you need, but what I like best is the yoga fan practice guide which is a great reference for all the postures and can be used by all level practitioners.