When it comes to yoga essentials, you don’t really need more than a mat and maybe a pair of extra stretchy leggings to get into the flow of it. But when it comes to advancing your practice and taking things to the next level, your yoga routine may call for a few more props in the mix. You might be surprised how much these simple additions can help you improve your posture, flexibility, comfort level, and more during your yoga routine, so take look at this guide and start shopping for some new yoga toys to upgrade your entire flow, from your first sun salutation to that final shavasana.
Liforme Yoga Mat, $140
This mat has it all. It’s comfortable, yet firmer, longer, and wider than your average mat to give you more space to spread out. It also features unique markers that help you stay in alignment while practicing, which is perfect if you’re still new to yoga and getting used to a lot of the moves and poses.
Manduka Go Steady Yoga Mat Bag, $63
It may not be much to look at on the outside, but this bag is roomy enough for any mat, and it even has an extra pocket for your clothes, so say goodbye to carrying two separate bags to class.
PrAna Unisex Tote Mat Holder, $18
If you feel like purchasing a whole bag just to hold your yoga mat is unnecessary, look into purchasing a strap for your mat instead. This one is pretty, comfortable on your shoulder, and the velcro will make sure your mat stays in place. And with a bunch of cool prints and patterns, even this small little band carries a lot of flair.
Hugger Mugger 6-Foot Yoga Strap, $18
Not to be confused with the strap that will help you carry your bag, this strap is designed to help you improve your posture and make difficult poses easier to achieve, regardless of flexibility.
Hugger Mugger V-Shape Yoga Cushion, $55
Yoga and meditation go hand in hand, so a meditation cushion is a great accessory to build on all that zen you built up in yoga class. This comfy V-shape pillow helps you relax while improving your posture by elevating your pelvis.
Gaiam Yoga Block, $12
Another tool to help you achieve those difficult poses is a yoga block. This block provides sturdy support and a no-slip grip that’s still soft to the touch. Buy it in literally any color and get the extra support you need while color coordinating with your mat.
YogaAccessories Traditional Mexican Yoga Blanket, $16
Sometimes the cushion of a mat just isn’t enough, and in those times, we rely on these decorative yoga blankets for the support we need. This one comes in all different colors and designs, and when you’re done using it for yoga, feel free to curl up with it on the couch. (After running it through the wash, of course.)
Shandali Gosweat Hot Yoga Towel, $13
Yoga can be relaxing, but certain classes can also make you break a sweat. When that happens, leave the slipping and sliding behind and put this lightweight yoga towel to use to help absorb sweat and improve your grip.
YogaAccessories Supportive Round Cotton Yoga Bolster, $34
Lightweight and reasonably priced, this bolster will provide the support you need in any pose while also keeping you comfortable with high-quality fabric. It also comes in a variety of colors, so feel free to get matchy with your mat or other supplies.
UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel, $38
Using a wheel to enhance your poses has tons of benefits, like strengthening your core, relaxing your neck and shoulders, and expanding your chest, just to name a few. Adding this wheel to your routine will make the whole thing a lot easier and more effective.