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The art of yoga is intended to provide a balance of mind, body and spirit. Considering the fact that yoga has been practised for thousands of years, it should come as no great surprise that the number of practitioners found within the United Kingdom is continuing to grow.

According to recent studies, there are well over 460,000 individuals who practice yoga at least once each week. So, it only stands to reason that choosing the best equipment is essential if you hope to reap the benefits of what this amazing hobby has to offer. Let us examine four key items to provide a bit more clarity.

yoga mats

Mats are a key piece of yoga equipment

It can be argued that yoga mats are the most common accessory that literally everyone will need. Mats provide you with a firm surface when performing complex movements and they offer an additional level of cushioning so that you can protect sensitive areas of the body such as the lower back.

You should therefore address factors as the size, weight, durability, and thickness of the mat based on personal preferences. Of course, look for a stylish one too!

Bolsters

A yoga bolster is a cylindrical or rectangular cushion that is designed to provide your body with additional support. Similar to mats, these bolsters come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and levels of hardness.

Rectangular shapes are said to be more ergonomic which cylindrical versions are often ideal in terms of support and providing you with a deeper stretch. If possible, purchase two bolsters in order to enjoy the best of both worlds. 

Clothing

Comfort is paramount when practising yoga and as such comes under the category of yoga equipment. This is why choosing the right type of clothing is another important factor to address.

While some feel that loose-fitting garments are the most appropriate, we need to remember that certain movements may cause your shirt to fly over your head or your trousers to bunch up.

So, base the clothing on the type of yoga that you intend to practice. Most professionals also recommend that you bring along a blanket or sweater.

As many yoga rooms are kept at relatively low temperatures, these items can help to prevent you from getting a chill immediately after a session during the cool-down period. 

Straps

Yoga straps are lesser-known accessories and yet, they are just as important to include within this list. Sometimes called yoga belts, straps are normally intended to be used when it would otherwise be difficult to hold a position (such as if you are unable to firmly grasp your feet).

Choose a strap of the appropriate length and that is somewhat flexible so that it is able to adjust to the mechanics of your body. The majority of straps are quite cheap and high-quality brands will last for years at a time. 

Purchasing the right equipment is essential if you hope to get the most out of what yoga has to offer. Of course, feel free to research additional options and accessories to better appreciate what this art can provide.

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