Often yoga studios have plenty of blankets available that people can use. These blankets are used, offering support in lying down poses or to lift up the hips when in a seated position. For example, when sitting cross legged you could put a blanket underneath you to raise your hips. Blankets are very useful and can even help to warm you up in the relaxation part at the end.
If you are practicing yoga at home you will probably already have blankets so won’t have to purchase those.
Blocks for yoga are there to increase comfort and your alignment. They are beneficial when in a standing position with your hands on the floor. This effectively raises the floor instead of forcing your hands to the floor and keeps your torso strong and chest open.
Yoga blogs are often cork, wood or foam and you can turn them so that they are at different heights. If you plan on doing plenty of yoga in your house it may be worth getting some blocks. Any block will do however, the wider ones offer more stability.
These are also known as belts and are very useful when a pose requires you to reach your feet but you can’t. It helps you increase your flexibility and progress until you can reach on your own without a band.
These have many uses and can be used instead of blankets to make poses slightly more comfortable. They can be put under your back or knees for stretching and support. They are especially useful in prenatal and restorative yoga classes.
At a class these will be provided, if you do this at home you may want to invest in one. Bolsters can be flat or round. Flat bolsters are more ergonomic and round bolsters offer more of a deep stretch and support. You can use both of these then decide which you prefer.
These are a new prop in yoga and are often used during more advanced classes to challenge people in their stability and offer support in challenging poses. You are able to lie on the wheel, place a hand or foot on the wheel to enhance flexibility and stretches. This piece of equipment is not necessary when you are a beginner, but as you become more advanced you may want to try this out.
Now you are aware of the equipment needed in yoga, are ready to start practicing? Why not take a look at our yoga clothes page to see what is best to wear during a class or whilst doing the activity at home.