☯️ Should I get my own yoga equipment right from the start?
Many people wonder if having your own yoga equipment is necessary right from the start. For me, years passed before I bought my own.
As a student, I would go to yoga class and pick out one of the yoga mats and accessories that were available at the studio. While I soon had my favorite yoga mat and cushion that I would take every time, it still took years before I somehow felt ready and experienced enough to get my own equipment.
I recommend you try different things first! Don’t rush into buying anything.
✍️ What equipment should I buy first?
For me personally, the most important “ingredient” for a good yoga practice is a good yoga mat !
You and your mat should be almost like a perfect match. It is your yoga mat that will support you during yoga class. You want to make sure that …
* it gives you a good grip – almost sticky so you don’t slip.
* it’s long and wide enough so you fit on it well.
* it is neither too thin nor too thick.
Secondly, I would advise you to buy a block and a belt. The block and belt are mainly used to lengthen your legs and upper body, and to adjust to a pose.
When it comes to yoga wear, only one thing matters: What you wear should be extremely comfortable.
Avoid purchasing any more yoga equipment until you have established your own regular yoga practice at home.
Through your own yoga practice, you will feel the need for more (or not) equipment to progress on your own yoga journey. But I think this is a very individual process that should not be generalized.
💕 What material should my equipment be made of?
Yoga mat: There are several options available and each material has advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to your own yoga mat, I strongly encourage you to test the mat and material in person before you buy it! I am sure the supplier will provide you with one to try out.
You should …
* stand on it,
* feel the stickiness,
* feel the grip under your hands and feet,
* examine the flexibility and weight.
If you feel insecure, ask someone more experienced to assist you.
Yoga block: I use one made of cork. Cork is not only a natural product, but also more resistant and durable. Its moisture absorption is incredible and extremely helpful when you sweat. It’s a little more expensive, but well worth the investment.
Yoga belt: Mine is made of cotton, which makes it easy to wash. The length of the yoga belt is crucial, so unfortunately just using a belt from your closet won’t work ? My yoga belt is 3 meters long and 3 inches wide.
Yoga wear: A pair of leggings and a t-shirt are perfect – not too tight and not too loose. If you sweat a lot, your yoga clothes should be made of cotton.
🔦Where can I buy my equipment?
If possible, instead of buying online, find a local supplier in your area. Tell them about your equipment needs and ask for advice. If they are a yogi, they will be able to consult you well. ? Be sure to try out your future equipment.
Do not buy the cheapest product. Choose well and consciously and see it as a lifetime investment. Because that’s exactly what it is. It’s not like you’re going to buy a new yoga mat, block or belt every year.
I hope my tips help you find the yoga equipment that best suits you and your practice.
Looking forward practicing with you together!
Take care and stay safe.
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