Strike a Pose: The Yoga Starter Kit
Did you know that yoga has numerous benefits for the mind and body aside from being a means to lose weight?
The meditation and controlled breathing helps gets rid of stress while the different poses improve muscle tone and flexibility. In addition, sweating helps keep skin clear and gives it a rosy glow after each session. When I started doing yoga regularly, I also noticed that I was sleeping better and I wasn’t as tired as I usually felt after work.
Yoga can be intimidating at first, especially for beginners. A lot of people think that you need to be part contortionist to pull off the poses – not true! Most studios offer classes where beginners are eased into the poses at their own pace. It helps if you practice at home as well!
I remember my first yoga session a few years back – I don’t think I’ve ever sweated that much in my entire life! The worst part was that I wasn’t prepared for the sweat at all. I wore old sweat pants and a T-shirt, which were totally soaked post-session. My clothes distracted me from meditation, which made my first-ever yoga session a disaster.
Appropriate equipment and clothing is important for anybody to be able to reap the benefits of yoga. We’ve got the lowdown on what you should bring for your first-ever yoga class:
The mat serves as a cushion between your body and the floor. Get one with a spongy, non-slip surface to avoid slipping while posing. Yoga mats come in many beautiful designs, so choose one that will inspire you to strike poses every day. Oh, and don’t forget to wipe your mat after each use with a cloth soaked with gentle soap and water and let it dry completely before storing. Trust us, you don’t want to be the person with the smelly mat at the gym.
You’ll be sweating buckets during the session, so be sure to pack an absorbent towel as well. Some yogis bring separate towels for their bodies and mats for the sake of hygiene.
Hydration before and after any form of exercise is very important. Our bodies practically run on water and any drastic imbalance can cause serious illness. Replace lost fluids through good old H20 or a healthy smoothie post-session.
Your yoga clothes need to be three things: well fitted, easy to move in, and a material that lets sweat evaporate. We are absolutely in love these snug camisoles from Coobie Women. They hug your body at all the right places and are made of super-soft fabric that feels like a second skin. The best part about these camis is that they don’t ride up or roll when you strike different poses!
Yoga pants are so in, they are being worn just about everywhere outside the studio. Yoga pants such as this snazzy pair from Undie Couture are not only flattering, they are super comfortable as well. They are soft and durable, making it easy to transition between poses. Of course, there is the issue of undergarments – needless to say, you need to bring extra pairs with you to change into after the session.
So there you have it – the Yoga Starter Kit! We hope you have an awesome time on your first yoga session. Namaste!