Yoga

Items for Yoga beginners

Items for yoga beginners – This post goes in conjunction with my Namaste a little longer blog. 

What should I bring to my first class?

First and most important, water. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after class in order to keep your body hydrated. Secondly, if you have a yoga mat, bring it along! If not, CorePower will lend you a mat and towel for free on your first visit. Any rentals after your first visit comes with a small fee. Also, you’ll want to bring a face towel to wipe away that sweat (goodbye toxins)!

What are some of your favorite yoga items or brands?

I highly recommend purchasing a yoga mat towel to place on top of your actual yoga mat. This helps prevent your hands and feet from slipping especially in classes with added heat & humidity. Personally yogitoes is my go to brand. It washes well, lasts forever, and comes in a variety of colors and lengths. Every now and then you can find these on sale on AmazonManduka, or Athleta. Who doesn’t love a good sale?!

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In terms of a yoga mat, I personally have the YogaAccessories 1/4″ Thick High Density Deluxe Non Slip Exercise Pilates & Yoga Mat from AmazonMy true goal for 2018 really should have been to give up Amazon but I failed miserably within the first three days. Washing the mat with a gentle soap and warm water is highly recommended before the first use. Friends of mine have also highly recommended the Mat Pro by Manduka. They may seem pricey but they last much longer than cheaper mats. This is another example of quality over quantity $$.

Another one of my favorite items is Asutra’s Yoga Mat Cleaner in the Eucalyptus scent. After each class, spray your mat with this cleaner and allow it to set in for two minutes. Once the two minutes have passed, take a damp gentle cloth and wipe the mat down. Next, dry the yoga mat with the free towel that comes with the cleaner. This will leave your mat smelling fresh and clean!

One of my favorite towels for hot yoga is The (Small) Towel from Lululemon. It’s the perfect size and comes in larger sizes if desired. The towel absorbs a great amount of sweat. It’s a different texture than most typical towels, but it works. If you like matching outfits with your yoga items, Lululemon sells the towels in plenty of colors and styles. In fact, you can find certain colors marked down every now and then!

The last thing you want during a hot yoga class is having your hair falling all over your face. Lululemon headbands are and have always been my favorite! For the past 10 years or so, my go to style has always been the Fly Away Tamer. It helps keep my frizzy hair in place during a hot and steamy workout and it never falls off my head. The headband also does a good job at keeping some of the sweat from dripping down my face (unfortunately not all due to my workout sweating habits). Hey, at least I’m releasing those toxins!

Lastly, invest in a good water bottle. I recommend the S’well bottle or Yeti Bottle due to the classes being heated. I don’t know about you, but taking a sip of warm water on a hot summer day is one of my least favorite things. Both of these bottles keep your water cool throughout class, which also helps cool down your body during the workout. I recommend purchasing the Yeti Bottle Straw Cap in order to avoid having to unscrew the top each time.

If you want an excuse to sweat out those cocktails from last night (or nights), give CorePower a try! Again, your first week is free!

We bow forward in gratitude, namaste. 

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