Welcome back to our fifth installment of what to wear for yoga. Here are links to the past blog posts in the series: Intro, fabric, tops, bottoms. Today we are talking about accessories and all the things you need for yoga besides the cute and functional outfit.
Accessorize Your Outfit for Yoga
Typical accessories such as jewelry and scarves are not appropriate in the yoga studio and can get in the way of movement and inhibit your practice. Certain extras such as hair ties, YogaToes socks, and of course, your mat, will come in handy. Here is a list of key items to bring to yoga class.
Always bring a hair tie. Keeping your hair out your face is super important when exercising. Again, if you have to readjust your hair after each pose or during it, you are unable to focus on your breath or holding the posture. If your hair is too short to tie back, a headband will help keep it off your forehead and out of your eyes.
Slipping on the mat? Try a pair of yoga gloves or socks with gripper texture on the bottom. While I have never found need for either of these tools, they can be helpful in a hot or high intensity yoga class where you sweat a lot. Their skid-proof palms or sock bottoms give you more gripping power. An absorbent towel works, too.
Get a good yoga mat. Mats can be pricey, but it's nice to have your own. If you're not sure if yoga is for you and just want to try it out, most studios have mats available to rent or borrow. I am a big fan of Manduka's eco-friendly yoga mat made from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber.
Writing Journal. During teacher trainings, students are required to maintain a journal and take notes about alignment, postures, etc. If you are trying to develop a personal practice or want to jot down important things the yoga teacher shares, bring a journal and pen. They are not necessary but I have often wished I had one handy.
Prayer Beads or Malas. It is not uncommon to see people in the yoga studio with a strand of prayer beads wrapped around their wrist or worn like a necklace. They are a useful tool for meditation, to keep track of the number of mantra repetitions without having to count. It is helpful to take them off during movement so that they do not get in your way and inhibit your ability to do the poses.
We hope this series is helping you feel more confident about going to yoga class. Remember, the most important thing is that you have complete freedom of movement, are supremely comfortable, and are able to focus on your breath and movement, rather than your clothing. We will discuss what to wear for the various types of yoga in the following blogs.