There are lots of yoga accessories out in the market today.  As a yoga beginner it’s sometimes hard to decide what to buy and more importantly what are they used for.  Let’s take a look at the different yoga accessories in order of their importance, in my opinion.

Thick Yoga Mat

A yoga mat is probably the most essential piece of yoga equipment since it cushions parts of your body from the hard floor.  Most agree that a thick yoga mat (1/4 inches) provides the most comfort without losing stability.  A yoga mat also gives you a personal “space” when you are in a yoga class so you don’t feel cramped.

Yoga Bolster

Yoga bolsters are used as a support for certain types of yoga poses.  They can also be used by beginners who are starting out and aren’t as flexible.  One way is to use a bolster under your hips when in Asanas (lotus or cross-legged seated position).  Another is Halasana or plow pose (lying on your back with your feet up over your head).

Yoga Block

Yoga blocks are used as extensions of your hands when in poses where it would be uncomfortable to try to reach the floor with your hand on its own. They are roughly nine inches x six inches x three/four inches and therefore can be used at various heights depending on what is needed by the student. Bolsters are especially helpful during the first weeks of yoga for beginners so they don’t try to do too much and might injure themselves.

Yoga Strap

A yoga strap, like a block is used to help get used to positions and stretches that might be uncomfortable for beginners.  Examples of stretches where a yoga strap is helpful include most seated forward bends and most straps range in length from six to nine feet long and are made of soft cotton or hemp.  There is a buckle (like a belt) so you can adjust the length to fit your reach.

There are many great things about yoga.  You can do it practically anywhere, your body will become strong and flexible in a fairly short amount of time, you don’t need shoes or special clothing (just comfortable and loose fitting) and best of all very little equipment is involved.  Hopefully you have a better idea the yoga accessories you might want to buy if you are a beginning yoga student.  Feel free to visit for more information.

Sherri Traylor is a long time fitness and health advocate. Her website is an informational site dedicated to women over 40 and the special issues they face. Sherri’s motto is “life is just beginning” and her site reflects the idea that being over 40 is the best time of your life.

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