Yoga accessories include yoga mats, gear, CDs and even yoga video DVDs and books. Many are available in new age stores, health food stores, and meditation shops, or directly over the internet. There are so many different varieties of accessories that it can be hard to know which items a beginner really needs – so keep your eyes peeled and take note of those items you would like to have. Yoga accessories can sometimes be rented at a gym or yoga studio, but I wouldn’t count on finding that handy block or strap as it may be in use by someone else. This is why it’s best to purchase at least some of the necessary ones when you get started with your yoga practice.
A yoga mat is probably the most essential accessory that you will find. You need your own for personal hygiene reasons, and because you will eventually become more comfortable in your poses with a mat that you are comfortable with. One of the nice things about a yoga mat and other accessories is that having them and taking them with you can make pretty much make any place appear to be a yoga studio. Some are certified organic products.
Green Yoga Accessories
Some yoga accessories are made with mother earth in mind and are completely environmentally friendly, and biodegradable. These support a more holistic yoga experience and should be sought out if you really seek a ‘green’ yoga experience. Other yoga accessories to consider purchasing include yoga straps, blocks, sandals, books, music CD’s and video DVD’s. You will find everything from chakra inspired bandannas to lavender eye pillows and even intention based jewelry and eco-fashion purses. Some are uniquely manufactured by fellow yogis. Another great accessory that I use daily is a zafus (or zabutons) meditation pillow. Since it can sometimes be hard to find specialty items, the internet has become the best place to find your favorite yoga tools and even items such as specialty yoga pants. You don’t need a lot of yoga accessories when you practice, but it’s nice to have a few of the essentials. One of the least mentioned, but most important one is a water bottle to help keep you hydrated.
Natural Yoga Accessories are becoming more popular, though in general, the accessories required for yoga can be fairly inexpensive and easy to come by. A short list of those essentials is included below. The accessories that you may need for yoga include your apparel (clothing), mats, props (straps and blocks), bags, and training materials such as DVDs, and books. A yoga mat is also essential to your practice. Another excellent accessory if you are practicing in a home environment is a DVD (or video). These DVDs are great accessories for beginners because you can pause or back-up the DVD during when you are learning a new position. There are a huge variety of other accessories which you may find useful including: straps, a block, hair bands, environmentally-friendly blankets, bolsters, yoga mats and other accessories. There is also a full line of children’s yoga clothing available. From basic yoga requirements like yoga mats to more of a ambiance accessory such as candles or incense you are sure to require some of these to enhance your practice.
There are also comfortable crescent cushions; one of the essential accessories for yoga and meditation. I use this type of cushion myself on top of another ‘buckwheat’ cushion for comfortable meditation. If you want to practice yoga at one of the first extras you’ll want is a DVD and lessons. Other yoga accessories you will want to purchase include a yoga mats and possibly yoga blocks or straps. You can find all types of these from chakra inspired bandannas and eye pillows to intention based jewelry and even eco-fashion purses.
Yoga Accessory Websites
Many websites offer hard to find unique yoga accessories manufactured by other fellow yogis. It doesn’t matter if you decide to go with a standard yoga mat, a pilates mat, socks, a yoga ball, or one of the other many yoga related accessories available, there is definitely a yoga product made just for you. It just may take some time looking, but eventually you will find it. A variety of yoga accessories have sprung up. In yoga having the right accessories are vitally important, so you will want to make sure you choose the best made materials and well known brands.
Natural Accessories and Yogawear
A wide range of fashionable prints and natural fabrics (hemp and cotton) are available in yoga clothing and other unique yoga products. There is a large amount of design and natural cloth products that are natural and heavenly yogawear. From quality thick sticky yoga mats, to crescent moon cushions for meditation and seated postures (during your poses), you will also find bolsters and straps for restorative poses, eye pillows, essential oil candles and spiritual blends for blissful relaxation any time. As you advance, you will very likely decide to purchase some other yoga accessories to help you develop and grow.
Brett Simpson has practiced yoga for many years. For more useful articles, videos and a free eBook: Easing Your Stress With Yoga, visit his ~Dream Yoga~ website.
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