What Will You Need to Practice Yoga

Many people do not know what is needed to take a yoga class or to perform it in their home. Not many things are needed; however there are some essentials to that are a must when performing this exercise. A mat, strap and blocks are some of the basics things that you will need.

The mat is light weight and padded and used to perform the exercise. They come in many different textures which are all made specially to prevent slipping. The texture of it is much like that of a hot tub cover or insulator. Some people prefer a specific texture but none are proven to be better than the other. No matter what it’s made of they will all serve the same purpose. An average mat comes in two sizes; 28″ x 42″ or 28″ x 84″. Depending on your height you can choose the one that’s most appropriate for you.

A strap is a tool used to help gain flexibility. By using the strap people are able to hold their poses longer and deeper than they could on their own. It is used to grasp a limb that normally would not be in reach of your hands. Like the mats, they come in different sizes so that you can get the correct length for your height. They are typically made of two different textures, cotton and nylon, so that you can choose what fits you best. Cotton and nylon are the two main choices because they give some room for pull but not so much that your pose will be disrupted. This is an essential part of yoga especially for beginners and is a useful and helpful technique to get you into the desired pose.

The blocks are used for keeping you balanced while performing this exercise. It is normally made of cork or foam, so that it is soft but sturdy. They are used when doing poses that you have one hand on the ground or you are standing with only one foot touching the ground. When a position requires you to have only one hand on the ground it is often difficult to bend and let your hand touch the ground comfortably. With a yoga block you will not have to bend as far but still have something sturdy to touch. For poses that require you to stand on one foot the block will allow you to have support on both sides of your foot giving you more support and stability. These are a great asset for beginners and will help you to gain balance and become better at this particular type of exercise.

This exercise requires just a few things and all are easily accessible. A mat, strap and block can all be purchased where exercise equipment is sold. Before buying these items it would be in your best interest to see if the class you are taking provides them. It is not necessary to have these items, however they are a all very helpful.

Author Bio: Christine Crotts is always looking forward to the next trip, whether it is to the next state or on the other side of the word. Christine has written a site containing reviews on travel insurance, as well as annual family travel insurance.

Category: Wellness, Fitness and Diet
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