Gear Guide for the Beginner Yogi

August 05, 2021

New to going to yoga studios and not sure what to get? Or maybe you discovered yoga over the pandemic and you're ready to upgrade your gear.

Here is a simple guide to help you navigate budget-friendly options for when you're just starting out.

Mats

Mats are really the only thing that you need to practice yoga. But what kind of mat do you want to get? The main difference between mat types is how thick the mat is and the material. Read on How To Find the Right Yoga Mat. 

Halfmoon's essential studio mat is made with closed cell construction and superior grip. Lightweight and durable.

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Cork is an eco-friendly solution that offers naturally antimicrobial material that can handle hot yoga and sweat.

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This Hugger Mugger mat is lightweight, sticky, and great for all types of yoga styles.

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Manduka's Begin Yoga Mat features an alignment stripe for grounding and focus.

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Mats for the tall yogi

If you're 5'10" or taller, a longer mat is recommended.

Halfmoon's mat boasts a closed cell construction for a lightweight and durable mat.

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This Hugger Mugger mat is one of our best-selling mats for its quarter inch thickness and super sticky feel.

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Jade Yoga's Harmony mat offers exceptional traction with an open cell rubber grip. Slip-free even when wet.

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Lightweight and sustainable, Manduka's Pro lite offers 4.7mm thickness - perfect for long restorative yoga classes.

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Yoga towels

If you love hot yoga or tend to perspire a lot, yoga towels are incredibly handy for a slip-free practice. And when you're done, just throw it in the washing machine for an easy hygienic practice.

The Hugger Mugger towel is a blend of bamboo materials makes it long lasting, good for you, and machine-washable.

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Vagabound's Envision Microfiber Yoga Towel is nonslip, machine washable, and super absorbent.

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The vibrant pattern will make you sigh with happiness every time you press back into downward dog.

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This 2-in-1 towel and yoga mat is machine washable and gives you a grippy, absorbent feel and soft cushion.

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Blocks

I used to think that blocks were just for people that weren't quiet flexible enough to practice a pose. Now I know better - blocks are an invaluable support to one's practice. Read our article All About Blocks.

Our most popular block, The Hugger Mugger 4" Yoga Block is lightweight and durable.

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Made from recycled materials that are non-toxic. Ideal for all yoga styles.

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This Manduka block has curved edges give a comfortable soft grip that is also slip-resistant.

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The cork material provides ease of grip in a hot yoga practice, while also offering supportive density for any weight.

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Straps

Yoga straps are an excellent way to lean deeper into those juicy poses - especially useful for restorative and yin yoga! Read How to Use Yoga Straps.

Halfmoon's strap is made with a fixed loop on the end for versatility.

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Manduka's Align Yoga Strap is based on the original design from yogi B.K.S. Iynengar.

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This Hugger Mugger strap is exceptionally strong and rated to 500 pounds.

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Our most popular strap, the 6 foot Hugger Mugger strap featuring a plastic buckle.

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How to carry your mat

Take your home practice anywhere you want with a carrying strap or mat bag.

Tighten the straps around your yoga mat and sling it over your shoulder and off you go!

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Made for all mat sizes, Manduka's gravity closure simply loops and cinches for your ease.

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Manduka's eco-friendly carrier features a padded shoulder strap for comfort.

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If straps sound complicated, opt for Manduka's sleek mesh yoga mat bag.

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Bolsters & Meditation Cushions

Uplevel your home yoga studio! If you love meditation or restorative yoga, having a meditation cushion and a bolster is super handy to sink into those juicy poses.

Read our article How To Use Bolsters to learn more.

The Zafuko Standard Meditation Cushion is handmade in Thailand with 100% organic silk cotton from the kapok tree.

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Use this Hugger Mugger meditation cushion as a bolster or as a pillow. Perfect for the traveler weighing only 3 lbs!

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Halfmoon's Mini Prana Bolster offers that gentle support you need in supine chest openers.

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Halfmoon's bolster allows deep chest opening and back bending - a must for restorative yoga.

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Do a lot of traveling and don't want to leave your yoga practice behind? Check out our Gear for the Traveling Yogi spotlight.



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