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.
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.