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Which Yoga Tools Should I Have to Start a Yoga Regimen?

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Anyone beginning a yoga regimen needs to determine which yoga tools they will need. Some yoga tools are more necessary than others, and anyone practicing yoga will need to determine which tools are best, according to their level of skill and commitment, as well as their budget.

Yoga mats: Yoga mats are the most vital of the yoga tools. Sticky mats are non-slip and provide a stable surface for practicing yoga. These mats can also be found in a thicker form for more comfort. Yoga mats are becoming increasingly available made out of eco-friendly materials, such as jute, hemp and natural rubber. Many yoga supply stores sell mat straps and mat bags in order to store and carry yoga mats.

Blocks: Yoga blocks help with stability in yoga poses, while also adding length to the pose. These yoga tools can be made of various materials. Bamboo blocks are as sturdy as regular wooden blocks, but lighter foam blocks are lightweight and come in a variety of colors and textures.

Straps: Straps can also add length and flexibility to yoga poses. The straps are generally made of cotton webbing and come in various lengths. Some of these yoga tools are adjustable, so that the length can be changed during a yoga pose.

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Bolsters: Bolsters come in various shapes and sizes. These yoga tools can be used to support poses, increase stretching, and provide comfort during deep breathing exercises and restorative postures.

Blankets: Blankets can be wool, cotton, acrylic, or a blend of different materials. These yoga tools are used for support in shoulder stands, be placed under the hips, or be used in lieu of a bolster. Blankets can also be used during the final relaxation pose.

Wedges: Foam wedges can be used under the hips, wrists, or heels, when the person practicing yoga needs to alleviate pressure on a joint.

There are additional yoga tools, including sandbags — which add weight during strengthening postures, skidless yoga towels, meditation pillows, and others. A yoga teacher or an employee of a yoga supply store can further help you decide which tools are right for you.

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Heavanet
Post 3

@raynbow- I love to do yoga, and I have used different things in place of a yoga mat. Since yoga mats can be costly, I think that other items work just as well for people who are on budgets.

Bath mats are cheap, and work great for doing yoga exercises. I also like that they are non-slip, so you can use them on any type of flooring when you do your yoga exercises.

Basic exercise mats are not only good for doing aerobics and acrobatics. They also work perfectly as yoga mats. I like the fact that they are usually a bit thicker than most yoga mats, which makes them very comfortable to exercise on.

Bathroom rugs are also good for doing yoga on, because they are usually extra soft. Most of them also have rubber backs, which makes them very resistant to slipping.

Ocelot60
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@raynbow- I have found that a plushy throw rug works great for doing yoga exercises. Just make sure that you buy one that has a non-slip backing, or you could get hurt trying to do your exercises if the rug slips out of place.

Raynbow
Post 1

I haven't been able to find a yoga mat that I like. Has anyone used anything other than a mat that is specifically for this purpose?

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