The popularity of yoga has given rise to an industry that specializes in yoga equipment, accessories and clothes. The internet is a true market place of all things yoga and product lines are as varied and diverse as the many teachings and postures of yoga.
If you’ve ventured into your neighborhood sporting goods store, or even a department store, you’ve likely seen an array of yoga equipment that features very happy and peaceful looking people sitting on a yoga mat, or using a yoga towel. Indeed, for someone interested in yoga, this is like being a kid in a candy store.
There has never been a time in the marketplace where yoga equipment was so easy to find, and indeed, so affordable. With that being said, it can be rather confusing as to which equipment does what.
They all seem to have such happy looking people on the packaging; how do you know what’s worth investing your money on?
Well, ultimately, the answer to that important question will be determined by the kind of yoga that you want to experience, and also, your own preferences.
Some people, for example, don’t want to sit on a mat; they prefer the firmness of the floor. Other people find that sitting on the floor is painful and can lead to back and tailbone ache; and as such, a yoga mat is essential.
So, let’s take a look at the various equipment and accessories to consider on your yoga journey.
Let’s start with the yoga mat. Now, as a general rule, to which there will always of course be exceptions, be careful with the supermarket version.
A good yoga mat has a good grip on the floor, which is important if you have to perform complicated maneuvers and postures.
They typically measure about 2 feet in width, and are available in a slew of rainbow colors. There are yoga mats to fit all levels from beginner to advanced, and you have a choice of thickness.
One of the best eco-friendly, non-slip mats out there is made by TOPLUS.
With a 4.6 rating on Amazon, patent pending odor less, non-toxic and no latex or PVC design, TOPLUS provides the optimal level of cushion while still allowing you to grip the floor for balance.
While slightly more expensive than other yoga mats, it’s worth it for a resilient, tearproof design that is waterproof and made to last.
TOPLUS also backs this mat with their 1-year hassle free warranty and offers 7 different colors.
If a thicker mat is your preference, a great option is the BalanceFrom GoYoga mat which has over 9,500 positive reviews on Amazon and is the #1 Best Seller in the yoga mat category.
It is 71” long by 24” wide and made with ½” high density foam. With double sided non-slip surfaces and moisture resistant technology, it is made to withstand the toughest of yoga classes.
BalanceFrom also backs it up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and 2-year warranty.
Don’t forget your yoga towel. There are many different types from anti-slip, sweat absorbent, ultra-soft or ultra-thick and they can be made from many different materials.
Our favorites are made from microfiber, super absorbent and perfect for keeping you sweat free through even the hottest yoga session.
The Shandali Hot Yoga Towel is rated Amazon’s Choice for hot yoga and measuring in at 72” x 24” is perfect for stuffing in a hand bag or backpack for taking your yoga outside. It’s also available in amazing colors.
Our second favorite is by Yoga Mate. It measures 68” x 24” to fit right on top of your yoga mat if you want to keep your mat sweat free and is easy to wash and dry.
It is available in 7 colors and is backed by Yoga Mates 100% happiness guarantee.
Yoga bags look rectangular – almost tubular – and are designed to hold your yoga mat, towel and other accessories.
Most products have a shoulder strap and are made of different materials with nylon and cotton being common ones.
We love Elenture’s yoga mat bag. It is a full zip bag that also has multi-functional storage pockets that are perfect for keys, cell phones or other essentials.
It is made of canvas and fabric, but our favorite feature is that there are 32 different colors and patterns to choose from.
The only downside is that if you use a thicker ½” mat it will not fit, but standard 1/8” or ¼” mats should fit just fine.
If you want a bag with a little bit more room, whether its because your mat is a little thicker or you want to toss in your water bottle or towel, check out the Ewedoos Yoga Mat.
It is available in 7 great colors and patterns. It can also double as a gym bag, beach tote, or even a shopping or diaper bag.
It comes with two pockets, one large side pocket for water bottles, towels and sunglasses and one small interior pocket for your keys, wallet, and phone. You can even fit a standard size mat and two blocks into this bag.
It is made of high-quality cotton canvas and has a wider and longer strap to make it easier to carry. Ewedoos also backs their bag with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Balls are good for building strength, achieving balance and toning muscles. They are used by yogis, dancers and physical therapists for a variety of movements, including back bends, restorative poses and hip openers.
We like the URBNFit Balance & Yoga Ball which comes in 8 colors and 5 different sizes. It is made of professional grade PVC and boasts an anti-burst design able to withstand 2000 lbs.
It comes with a workout guide and quick dual action pump that will inflate or deflate the ball in minutes with minimal effort.
These devices are great for body movement extensions, so great in fact that we wrote a whole post just about the different types of blocks to choose from. Click here to read it.
Many yogis just come to class in a loose-fitting cotton t-shirt and comfortable shorts or leggings. Some prefer tighter fitting leggings or tops with moisture wicking material.
Take a look at East of Alta Apparel Company for great yoga inspired tees, tanks, sweatshirts and more.
We hope you find this information helpful and wish you all the best on your yoga journey. If there is a product that you love that you think we missed, feel free to email and let us know at email@example.com.