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Gear Guide for the Beginner Yogi

August 05, 2021 5 min read

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.

Gear Guide for the Beginner Yogi | Mukha Yoga

What do you need to bring with you to a studio class?

Here are the basics of what you'll need:

  • a yoga mat
  • a water bottle
  • a carrying strap or bag

Optional:

  • yoga blocks
  • yoga strap
  • yoga towel (hand towel or full mat towel)

What should you wear to a yoga studio?

When searching for yoga wear, the most important thing to look for are items that will make you feel comfortable. Can you move freely from pose to pose without having to make adjustments?

For Yin Yoga, you are looking for super cozy clothes. For Vinyasa flows, you're looking for moisture-wicking clothing that moves with you. For Hot Yoga, well lightweight and quick-drying fabrics are your friends!

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Yoga 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. 

Great all-around mats for beginners

Jade Yoga uses natural eco-friendly tree rubber for their mats that offers excellent traction and cushion. 5mm.

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One of our best-sellers! It's a quarter-inch thick, sticky, and great for all types of yoga practice.

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

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Manduka's Begin Yoga Mat features an alignment stripe for grounding and focus. 5mm offers extra cushion!

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Yoga Mats for Restorative or Yin Yoga

If you're beginning to love yoga for its restorative qualities, you may be looking for a mat that offers an extra bit of cushion so you can rest in those healing poses for as long as you want. Here are a few budget-friendly options that will be kind to your joints, too.

Created from the long, durable strands of the Jute plant, this Gaiam mat exhibits absorbency, durability, and softness.

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Crafted from plant resin, this environmentally-friendly Hugger Mugger mat offers excellent traction as well as cushion!

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This Hugger Mugger mat is dual-sided with art on one side and solid on the other. Lightweight yet extra thick. Available in two beautiful prints.

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This B Yoga mat is designed for the everyday yogi looking for extra cushion and superior grip. Crafted from durable high-quality rubber.

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Yoga Mats for Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is great for sweating it out! Which means lots and lots of moisture. Since the last thing you want is slipping and slidding, you're going to either need a yoga towel or a mat that has superior traction that maybe even gets better with moisture!

This Hugger Mugger mat is one of our best sellers! With its quarter-inch thickness and super sticky feel, you will have no problems staying in your favorite arm balance.

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For those of you looking for a mat with a super grip and lighter weight, the Manduka eKO Lite Mat is the mat for you. Made from biodegradable natural tree rubber.

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A gift from the earth, that can return to the earth. This Yoga Design Lab mat offers extra cushion and non-slip grip that actually gets better with moisture, ideal for hot yoga.

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Yoga Design Lab's combo mats are machine washable! Made with a soft suede-like microfiber that gives you the grippy, absorbent feel of a towel with the soft cushion of a mat.

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Yoga Mats for Tall Yogis

If you're taller than 6', 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 classic Harmony Yoga Mat is eco-friendly and biodegradable. Slip-free even when wet.

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Yoga Accesories

How do you carry your yoga mat?

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

Tighten the straps around your lightweight 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 Prana's sleek yoga mat bag. A more friendly option for bike commuters.

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Slip-Free 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 easy hygiene.

The Yoga Design Lab towel is plush, absorbent, non-slip, and dries in minutes!Made from recycled plastic to reduce landfill waste.

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Halfmoon's towel features silicon grippers for a nonslip experience., Boasts super absorbent and quick-dry fabric that is machine-washable.

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The Hugger Mugger towel sticks to your yoga mat with its bamboo-blend which makes it long lasting and eco-friendly.

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Gaiam's towel features four pockets on all corners that fit over your yoga mat so it won't slide. Made from hypoallergenic microfiber.

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Yoga 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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Yoga 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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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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