I consider yoga a pretty accessible workout. First, it's great for all levels. You don't have to be super athletic to give it a whirl. And if you're a seasoned yogi, well, there are definitely some classes, flows, and styles to try. Second, it really doesn't require much—just a mat and some comfy clothes. Other workouts, on the other hand, might call for a lot of extra gear or expensive equipment.
But while you can really go bare-bones with your yoga gear, there are some things that can upgrade your practice. I'm talking gear, accessories, and activewear that help you get into poses and flows more comfortably and with support. Take a look at some yoga essentials below.
Yoga blocks can provide stability and help you get into poses correctly. They're especially great for beginners since they'll help you balance if you're not used to some poses.
Stretching is so important for any workout. A yoga strap will help you with just that plus act as an alignment and posture aid. I even use a yoga strap when I'm not practicing yoga—it provides some sweet relief when I've been sitting at my desk the whole day.
If you do hot yoga, a yoga towel will ensure that your sweat is absorbed and you won't slip on your mat. But it's not just for hot yoga sessions—if you find that you get sweaty and fear losing your grip, drape a towel over your mat.
A yoga bolster provides comfort and support during restorative yoga sessions. It's basically like a pillow, and you'll probably fall asleep because you'll feel so relaxed during these classes. I'm just speaking from personal experience.
You can use a yoga wheel to help improve your flexibility and mobility so that you can challenge yourself even more during classes. Outside of yoga, you can also use it for stretching, recovery, and toning.
While you don't necessarily need a highly supportive sports bra, you still need one during your yoga workout. The best thing about low-impact, yoga sports bras is that a lot of them are so comfy you'll probably want to lounge in them all day long.
Like sports bras, you might not need leggings that are super compressive, but you still want something that provides support and, most of all, doesn't have a waistband that rolls down when you're trying to get into poses.
Tanks and Tees
Some people might prefer a looser fit for their yoga class, while others want a top that's more formfitting so they don't have to worry about extra fabric getting in the way. Whatever the case, pretty much any activewear top works for yoga, so choose based on your personal preference.
Zella's lightweight and flowy tank is so versatile. And since it's so easy to wear and breathable, it's one of those classic tops that everyone should have their closet.