Compared to most of the sports and other physical activity that you can think of, Yoga requires very little by way of accessories. However, you may need to pay attention to the little that is needed because of some peculiarities of Yoga. The accessories that you may need for Yoga include your apparel, mats, props, bags, training material like DVDs, and books.
Apparel Yoga exercises require you to stretch and bend and assume postures that reverse your normal ones. This means that you need to take care of the clothes you wear during these exercises so that they do not come in your way or distract you, but help you concentrate on the exercise instead. If you are practicing at home, you might be tempted to wear any old dress. Whether you’re practicing at home or outside, there are certain basic rules that you need to keep in mind. Your clothing should be comfortable, while at the same time being neither too loose nor too tight. If you wear loose clothing, it might fall over your face, for example when you do exercises that involve standing on your shoulders or head. Tight clothes are going to prevent you from having enough flexibility that is required to do your exercises properly. The clothing should be such that you are not worried about unintentional exposure. The clothing should be such that it does not distract you from your exercises and meditation. You should be able to find appropriate clothing in a sports apparel shop or in online stores.
Mats Yoga exercises are performed on the floor usually with bare feet. The postures may lead to loss of balance especially in the beginning stages and may result in a fall. You need something that will avoid direct contact of your body with the bare floor that will also protect you in case you lose balance and fall. Yoga exercises can make you sweat a lot, in turn introducing a tendency to slip easily. Mats can help you here and minimize the potential to slip and also protect you in case you do. A yoga mat is designed with precisely these requirements in mind, and is an invaluable accessory for serious practitioners of yoga. Yoga mats can be purchased online.
Props Initially some of the postures may be difficult for beginners to assume. You may need some help with these at least to start with. There are a variety of props available that can help you with many of these difficult postures.
Bags Bags are useful for carrying your yoga accessories around easily. Yoga bags are most helpful in carrying your mats around, so make sure the size of the bag that you choose matches the size of your mat. The bags have provision to store other accessories and personal items as well.
Books and Videos If you are unable to go to a Yoga class, would like to have a handy source for revision of what is done in the class, or would like to prepare yourself prior to attending the class, Yoga books, video CDs and DVDs are invaluable aids that can help you. Yoga videos are available for various kevels of practitioners and can take you step by step. The added bonus is that these videos are usually produced by world-renowned Yoga masters, so that you get the best of advice. Yoga music is another item that you may want to add to your list of accessories. Good music can make your Yoga experience more pleasant and productive. All these items – books, video CDs, DVDs, and music are available online, so that you can make your choice from the comfort of your home.