Mats can get funky and break down with use. That’s where towels come in. A full-length towel can add longevity to your mat and improve hygiene. Towels provide a machine-washable barrier for ease and cleanliness. If you’re using yoga mats from studios, they’ll offer a layer between you and that possible funk.
Getting proper alignment is important, whether it’s your first class or hundredth. Straps and blocks help those with limited flexibility align better. Many studios have them on hand, so you can test how they work before you purchase your own. Instructors will help you learn how to use them, so you can practice more effectively in poses at home.
Heading to class? It’s easier without worrying about if your mat will unroll or get soaked by the rain. A yoga bag or sling lets you head hands-free to class--leaving your hands available for your bike or your latte. Some bags even have space for towels, accessories and a change of clothes.
Designed just for mats, washes get rid of bacteria without disintegrating the outer layer of your map. They’ll also have fresh-smells, so you can enjoy a delightful scent. Lastly, they’ll extend the life of your mat.
If you’re heading into a particularly sweaty practice, like hot yoga or power yoga, a hand towel is a must. If you’re just starting out a bathroom towel or kitchen towel will do the trick. However, if you’re finding they don’t do the job, you’ll want a yoga-specific hand towel. They’re more absorbent and way more packable--to make the most of the limited space in your yoga bag.
Like straps and blocks, blankets are a great way to help get the perfect alignment. Roll one or fold one and use it underneath your hips so align your body into the perfect seated position at the beginning of class. And at the end, cozy up under it for savasana.
Used mainly in restorative, prenatal, or yin yoga classes, these are a side body pillow made to provide comfort. They’re also great to provide help with alignment--and you can use them under your hips at the beginning of class or during meditation.