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Essential Tools to Start Yoga

The good news, you don’t need weights. In practicing your poses you will be exerting massive pressure on your body burning incredible amounts of calories and yes building muscle. this is in part to sell my products but also, more so to get you the right product and not make the same mistakes that cost me anguish, yoga is intimidating to beginners — it’s can hard to motivate yourself to start and if you start off with low quality basics your asking for it. Read on.

Fortunately, your core strength, flexibility and mindset are all skills that can be developed over time. For those of you new to the yoga arena, there are a few key pieces of equipment that may help you feel more at ease as you get started. 

There is no need to go overboard and spend $200 for something that may or may not work for you.

Yoga Mat

Im picky when it comes to mats, it’s essential, but get the wrong one and some of the poses will downright hurt you. With floor exercises you’ll be doing  a good mat will keep you comfortable and safe. I recommend minimum 1/4 triply Yoga system mat, In Fact that’s my go to. If you want something cushier go 3/8″ triply and no more than 1/2 inch.

Yoga Block

This is a great tool for beginners. Blocks help you get into poses and maintain appropriate posture when you can’t quite reach the floor.

Yoga Belt

You’ll quickly realize how essential good belts are, a great tool for beginners which help get you into positions when you’re still developing your flexibility.

Yoga Towel

Yoga towels vs regular. One word: ” Bacteria” from sweat, get a high quality towel made for yoga, they are not just wipe towels, the microstructure is designed to inhibit bacteria. Yes their expensive but so what they are often used as support in certain poses, and expensive is not unaffordable. I learned the hard way.

  • Check out our Yoga Towel
  • Or, get them all in one with The Beginner’s Yoga Kit (includes mat, block, belt and a host of free online training course suggestion i’ve personally vetted)


Your attire during yoga can make the difference between comfort and discomfort, full range of motion and poor range of motion. Stores like Old Navy, Target and Walmart all offer a number of pieces at affordable prices to meet your needs. Try these to start: