Yoga is a gentle exercise that can help align the body, ease the mind, and restore a sense of balance and wholeness to your life. Best of all, unlike other forms of exercise like weight-lifting or working out on a Stairmaster, yoga equipment is relatively simple and inexpensive.
You don’t need special shoes as most people perform yoga barefoot. For clothing, a pair of shorts and a slightly fitted shirt will take care of the apparel you need.
One essential piece of yoga equipment you’ll need is a yoga sticky mat. A yoga sticky mat gives your hands and feet some traction and allows you to assume the different postures without fear of slipping and sliding. Yoga mats are available online starting at about $20.
As you work out, the mat will probably get soiled with sweat. You can clean most mats with a mixture of water and vinegar. Vinegar is a great low-cost natural cleaning ingredient that kills mold and bacteria.
Another piece of yoga equipment I recommend is the yoga ball. Yoga balls vary in size from about 55 to 75 centimeters. These balls are used to give you extra support as you assume certain postures such as the backbend. They can also be used as chairs–used in this way, they enhance balance. The balls usually cost anywhere in the range of $20-$30.
Optional Yoga Equipment
Depending on which postures you will be practicing, you may also want to consider getting yoga blankets, blocks, and straps for further support for your head, neck, arms, and back.
I highly suggest a book or DVD for for beginners. Even if you’re taking a yoga glass, it’ll be nice to have a reference at home for various postures.
Yoga provides many benefits for very little financial investment. With a relatively minor expenditure, you can quickly be on your way to a healthier you.