Yoga Mats And Yoga Supplies

The maximum yoga experience is possible when you have the right tools.  While yoga mats are considered central to any yoga practice, some additional yoga supplies and equipment may help you reach the next level in your yoga.  Before we discuss the many types of yoga equipment, letís go over some of the physiological benefits that can be enhanced when you use the proper yoga supplies in your practice:

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Increased muscle flexibility and joint range of motion

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Increased muscular strength and endurance

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Better posture, coordination and balance

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Improved sleep and elevated energy levels

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Improved function of all organ systems

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Increased cardiovascular efficiency

 

Selecting the perfect yoga mat

Yoga mats not only provide a physical space for us to practice, they provide many benefits to our bodies so that we get the most out of each session.   While yoga mats range in quality, size, color and other variables, following this list of suggestions will help you choose the mat that is right for you.

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Look for a high tack surface for maximum traction; this will give you confidence during your poses.

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Consider size; yoga mats should be large enough for a variety of poses and postures.

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Choose a mat that is soft enough to cushion your ankles, knees and other body parts, yet firm enough to provide balance.

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Look for yoga mats that are made of moisture-absorbing microfiber Ė especially if you practice Bikram yoga.

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Think about the material the mat is made of:  is it durable, washable, and relatively low-maintenance?  Would you prefer a latex-free material?  Does a biodegradable design appeal to you?

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Reflect your personality; since yoga mats come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, why not choose one that makes a personal statement?

Other yoga supplies

While yoga does not require a lot of extra accessories, there are a few key yoga supplies that can aid in your progression as a student.  Consider these yoga supplies as possible additions to your practice:

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Proper yoga apparel, including pants, tops and shoes that provide both comfort and function.

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Mat bags are a fashionable and convenient way to carry your mat, towel, cell phone, and other yoga equipment.

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Instructional DVDs & videos bring yoga into the comfort and privacy of your own home, and provide a portable workout you can take anywhere.

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Yoga blocks (foam or wood) assist with body alignment and provide support during a variety of poses; blocks are a good tool for facilitating advancement into more difficult poses. 

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Straps provide extra support so that you can be confident to go deeper into your poses, or to try new, more difficult ones.

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Cushions provide comfort during relaxation poses, and additional softness under your joints during other poses.

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Yoga balls help strengthen and tone the body to aid in better yoga performance.  Balancing balls are good for working the core and back, while weighted sculpting balls provide resistance to tone specific body parts, such as the inner thighs.

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Yoga kits are available with a variety of included pieces.  These are great for beginners, and also make a nice gift.

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Items for kids include entertaining DVDs geared toward youngsters, posters and child-sized yoga equipment.

Where can I find yoga supplies and equipment?

Wai Lana Yoga is a supplier dedicated to helping each person reach his or her goals.  Not only does Wai Lana Yoga offer a full range of  supplies, including yoga mats, blocks, balls and other equipment, the website features numerous additional helpful resources like recipes, gems of wisdom, and tools for meditation.  Visit Wai Lana Yoga to see how it can enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle!

 

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