No matter which avenue you take to get started, there are some essential yoga essentials that you will need for your practice.
The mat is the yoga essential to provide you with a cushiony, non-slip, safe surface for your hands and feet. When you move into a yoga position, you don’t want to lose your balance _ practicing on the floor, carpet or a towel does not provide the same firmness.
Yoga blocks are helpful no matter what your flexibility or fitness level is. Placed under the hands, feet or buttocks, they provide support to help maintain correct form by extending your reach. If you have shorter arms or lack the flexibility to reach the floor, you can rest your hands on a block instead. If your hips are tight and sitting cross-legged is difficult, sitting on a block is helpful. For an extra strength-building challenge you can place a block between your legs while practicing certain backward bending or alignment postures.
Yoga straps come in 6’ and 8’ lengths and, like blocks, have a variety of uses. For those who are less flexible, they make reaching your toes easier when seated and bending forward. Yoga straps also make it possible to learn more challenging balancing or backward bending postures without putting excess strain on the muscles or joints.