Hi yogis! Welcome back to my humble website 🙂
Today’s blog post is more on the sharing side – on what you actually need in order to start yoga. Whether or not you need to buy those fancy yoga props. Well here, I lay it down all for you!
I personally don’t think you need to get a lot of things/props to start yoga. You can start practicing even on a towel or a carpet, or nothing at all – I actually practiced on a concrete floor when I couldn’t find my yoga mat one time because my house was undergoing renovation – it’s pretty much impossible to find anything at all at that time. I gotta continue my practice with or without my mat – yes, that’s the spirit! I hope by now you’d get the point that yoga props are great to have to enhance your practice but in no way will make you a super yogi 🙂
That being said, I do recommend to get some of the props even if you’re a beginner to aide you in your practice. And I’m sharing them down below. The ones that I’ll be recommending will not only help you now but will still be in the long run. Some of them might be a little pricey but I like to pick my props of a high quality because of the lasting power they give. I’m pretty sure you’d wish the same too..
So some of them might be out of your price range, but fret not, just prioritize on the props that you’d be needing first so you won’t be splurging on all of them at once – especially when you just started practicing 🙂
P/s: To know how I get my daily yoga practice, check out my review on Alo Moves here.
Start With A Yoga Mat
Of course, we are going to start off with a yoga mat! 🙂
I know ther are a lot of cheap yoga mats out there – but please, try not to start with them. There is a reason why they are so cheap. You’d skid around if you have sweaty palms like me, it would be a nightmare and it’s so easy to get dirty and see the sign of wear.
If you wanna invest in something in yoga, I would really suggest that to be your yoga mat. There are a few yoga mats out there that are perfect for a beginner. You can get a plain premium yoga mat like Manduka, Lululemon, Gaiam, Jade – these are a few that are famous out there & I can definitely tell you why. But perhaps in another post cause then it will take too long for this post.
I started off with Lululemon yoga mat because of my sweaty palms (Read my review here) but I did practice with Manduka before in Bali and they are just as great. Some of the ones that get good reviews for beginners:
- Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat – this is a good mat if you’re also going to be doing at home yoga often.
- Gaiam Yoga Mat – price friendly.
- Jade Harmony Yoga Mat – for sweaty people.
- Lululemon The Reversible Mat – for sweaty people
You can also find other mats that are just as good with the above list but with markings. Markings can be super helpful when you’re starting out yoga cause you will get an idea on where to place the palms, your feet etc. There are a few that you can check out:-
- Liforme – the best one so far as it’s grippy & made from quality materials. Butttt, very pricey. So do the pros and cons here.
- Heathyoga – similar like Liforme but different materials used and more price friendly.
Once you have gotten your yoga mat, try starting out by purchasing yoga blocks. If you are a beginner, this is probably the most helpful yoga props after your yoga mat as it will help you to get to the right posture and give you better support.
They are pretty cheap and incredible. They are just super versatile. I always sit on my yoga block when meditate to give me better posture and to release any stress I have on the back.
When you are purchasing yoga blocks, they usually come with 2 yoga blocks together, especially when you order online. Because…. sometimes you wanna stabilize yourself on both sides when doing the poses.
You can easily get them in Amazon 🙂
& the best part with yoga blocks is that, if you buy them online, there are also offers for them to come with a small kit.
& A Strap
When I started yoga, I didn’t use a strap until a few months in. I honestly didn’t feel like I need it before.
But if you’re already buying yoga blocks, reap the offer to buy the one with the strap as well 🙂 Some of the good ones from Amazon:-
- Premium Yoga Block and D Ring
- JBM Yoga Block and Strap
- Heathyoga Block and Strap
- Gaiam Yoga Block and Strap
You can use the strap if you would like to train yourself to be more flexible. But you can also incorporate it with your practice and poses i.e to keep your knees straight.
Yoga Bolster is not the most necessary prop you might want to get when you’re starting yoga. But if you have the extra moolah, go for it 😉 Cause it really helps during restorative classes and practices. Also great for back pain poses.
There are 2 different types of long bolster generally; one is cylindrical and another one is rectangular. The cylindrical bolster, I’d say can be a bit more flexible in terms of its usage. You can either use it under your knees while lying down, or long on your back, whilst the rectangular one would be more suitable mostly just for the back.
I got the cylindrical one and I would personally recommend to start off with that. But, hey, it’s a free world 😀 Feel free to choose one that best suited to your needs.
But, when you’re buying a bolster, make sure to read the review before buying one because you wanna make sure that they are made of good quality. You want the bolster to be dense enough to support your weight.
& Many More…
I think as a yoga beginner, the list I gave above would suffice. As you go on with your practice and become more comfortable with yoga, you can explore more on:-
- Yoga Wheel
- Yoga Towel
- Round Bolster for Meditation
- Silk Eye Bags
- Yoga Bench
You can get them all in Amazon.com 🙂
Other than the ones I’ve listed, if you go to Amazon.com, you will realize that there are a lot of yoga kits out there. One kit can include a yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, a yoga strap, a yoga towel, and even a yoga wheel. I personally wouldn’t recommend so much to get those – just because the first thing you’d want to invest in, in your yoga journey is your mat. Remember that you will be using your yoga mat every time for practice so…yeah.
And the ones in the kit, I’m not saying that they are bad for your practice, but I’d rather you invest a little to get a quality yoga mat that you can use for a lifetime 🙂
Okay, well, I think that’s it from me this time. Let me know what was the first yoga props that you bought when you first started yoga & why? 🙂 Would love to get some insights from you guys!
Till next time, Namaste.