Your first yoga props

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One of the great things about yoga is that you can practice without any props or pieces of formal equipment. You aren’t required to use special socks or shoes. No weights, bands or balls are needed.

The truth of the matter is that you could practice yoga even if you bring nothing but yourself to class.

That being said, there are a few props that students new and old look to in order to enhance their yoga practice. Below are a list of a few.

Yoga mat. There are many different kinds of yoga mats – based on thickness, stickiness, texture, size, material and price. Do some research to see which mat would work best for you. Or, better yet, try out a few mats to see which styles you prefer.

Block. Blocks are used to help new and advanced students alike get more comfortable in poses as well as to improve alignment. If you’re looking to add a yoga block to your practice, take note that just like there are many kinds of yoga mats, there are different types of blocks. Blocks come in different materials (foam, cork or wood), durability, eco-friendliness and price.

Yoga socks. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to lug around a yoga mat every time you want to practice yoga but still have grip on your feet to stay in poses like Warrior 1? With yoga socks, this is possible. Many styles of yoga socks have grips on the bottom to make them stick to whatever surface you want to practice on. Note that you can use yoga socks in conjunction with a yoga mat as well.

You may or may not want to try to use these props in your own practice. Using any equipment during yoga is a personal preference – one which you will need to decide for yourself.

Keep in mind that whether or not you choose to use these yoga props in your practice, Body and Mind by Muna has a practice for you!

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