I have been doing a lot of yoga lately! Over the past few months, I have found a new love for flow and hot yoga that I never thought I would have! I go to a great studio that is super welcoming, with great instructors – and I think that is half the battle! Thanks, Sol Yoga! 🙂 Also, yoga is a great compliment to the runs I have been training for. I am forced to stretch things out whether I want to or not!
You don’t need a lot of things to start a yoga practice – the bare minimum is a mat. But, over the past few months, I have found a few things that really help me when I go to the studio. So, come along as we explore What’s In My (Yoga) Bag!
To learn what is in my bag…first you need the bag! A yoga bag isn’t necessary, but once you start collecting some of these accessories its nice to have somewhere to store them.
3 – Youphoria Hot Yoga Towel 24×72When you get into a hot yoga class you are going to sweat…no way around it! And if you’re like me and you start to sweat just thinking about the hot yoga class you are going to need some extra protection on your mat. This towel works great to sop up the sweat (I know…that sounds lovely…) and keep you from slipping around. It goes through the washer and dryer well too!
4 – AmazonBasics Thick Microfiber Cleaning ClothsTalking about sweat…sometimes you just need to wipe your face off! Even in a normal flow class. I find these basic microfiber cloths work best. No need to buy any fancy “fitness towels” – these are cheap and work just as well!
5 – Hugger Mugger 4 Inch Foam Yoga BlockBlocks are an absolute must for my yoga practice! Fun fact: I have pins and screws in my right arm and it doesn’t straighten all the way! So, getting a hand to the floor isn’t always possible…but a block will bring the floor to you! My studio provides blocks for us to use and these are the ones they have.
6 – Gaiam Yoga Wedge
I didn’t even know yoga wedges were a thing until a few weeks ago. I was complaining that I was having issues in downward dog. Because of my arm (mentioned previously) downward dog is really uncomfortable for me. I just can’t get the same angle as everyone else. So, one of my yoga instructors suggested a wedge…and it helped so much! It gave me the length in my arms that I was missing and now I can get into a comfortable down dog!
7 – Temple Tape HeadbandsA headband is always a must for me when I am working out. I hate when my hair gets in my face and they work well for catching some of that sweat too! These are inexpensive and stay in place!
No matter what kind of workout you’re doing you need to stay hydrated! This is my favorite water bottle at the moment. I drink a lot of water and with a 48oz bottle, I don’t have to keep filling it up! Plus, I have a little bit of a soft spot for Nalgene Bottles, they are my favorite 🙂
And that is what is in my yoga bag! Do any you practice yoga? What’s in your bag? I would love to hear from you 🙂