Yoga blocks aren't just for the injured or inflexible. Since these lightweight gems offer stability in both beginner poses like Triangle to more advanced moves like Forearm Stand, yogis of all abilities find blocks useful. Blocks help to deepen stretches and allow you to hold poses longer, helping to increase flexibility. If you're confused by all the different shapes and sizes, here's an explanation. So the next time you need a little support, you'll know which block to grab.
Since I've been studying the basics of yoga, I've been in the market for a yoga mat to call my own. While I have an old one that I bought while trying out yoga for the first time, I know it's time to invest in a durable mat that I can use for many years. So I've rounded up five popular mats that have graced the floors of countless studios across the world. Click through to see if your favorite one is included, and at the end vote on which one you think is the best!
Before buying a Yoga mat, you've got to know what kind of a yogi you are first. Try out some different kinds of Yoga to see which one speaks to you. You can borrow the studio or gym mats for your first few classes, but if the smell alone doesn't drive you to buy one, then thinking about how many thousands of bodies have sweat on them will. Ewww.
Here are my picks:
- Are you a sensitive yogi, one that needs extra cushioning? Try a Manduka mat. It's dangerously slippery though if you're a sweater. Watch out.
- If you are a sweaty yogi, or like practicing Bikram or Ashtanga, get a rug to put over your sticky mat. It'll absorb your sweat, but make sure to wash it often. They get really stinky.
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