When you’re a regular yoga practitioner, you quickly start to accumulate all the things that can help you practice at home. Wearing your own outfit, having your own mat and other accessories are just a few of the things you need to keep at hand for each class. If you’re anything like me, then chances are that soon after each class, you start to wonder what else might make it easier for you in future classes.
Yogi-hood is hard enough without having to think about what clothing, props and toiletries we have so we tend not to pack more than we need into our bags. However, even with a minimalist approach there is always room for some extras or items that can help simplify our practice at home and make it as convenient as possible. Here is everything that should be in your yoga bag:
Yoga mats are a necessity for yoga practice. The best mats absorb shock and are soft to the touch so you don’t get that sore feeling in your wrists or joints after class. Mats are also thick enough to provide cushion from the hard ground, which is great if you’re practicing outside.
Whether you prefer a loose or fitted yoga outfit, a simple t-shirt and leggings are perfect for this type of exercise. Keep your clothes fresh by washing them in the sink or with cold water and a little bit of soap.
Towel and/or Hand Towel
A towel is an absolute must in my bag. It can be used as a yoga mat cover, or it can dry your sweat off after class. Plus, towels are always useful for wiping down your equipment after sweating messes.
A hand towel is also something you should have with you. You will need this for wiping off your face and more importantly, to wipe down your hands before and after practice so you don’t slip on the mats.
A bhujhanda is a type of small, round, leather bag typically worn on the hand and is used to store essential oils and other essential items. It can also be used as a meditation cushion.
It’s best to always have your essentials in your handbag or backpack when you leave the house. This makes it easy for you to grab everything that you need before class starts, without having to make an extra stop.
Included in the bhujhanda should be any essential oils that are needed during class. Essential oils have many benefits that can help us relieve tension and stress during our practice as well as support our overall health and well-being. Other things that can go in the bhujhanda include a water bottle, t-shirt or strappy tank top, yoga mat, and extra props like blocks and bolsters.
If you wear a lot of tight clothing, it can be difficult to get in and out of poses without the fear of ripping your clothes. The Pinch Pleaser is a yoga strap that helps keep the fabric from shifting and keeps your outfit intact during practice. It is made with a soft, breathable fabric and has Velcro closures that allow you to easily adjust it as needed.
Shaving Kit For Men
One of the first things that you’ll need to pack in your bag is a shaving kit. It can be tempting to skip this item and just head straight for the mat, but it’s important not to skip this step because it helps with the overall cleanliness and sanitation of your practice. The equipment will make sure that you won’t have any nicks or cuts while practicing, so they’re worth packing in your bag.
A good shaving kit consists of a razor, shaving cream, aftershave balm, moisturizer, and a brush. You’ll want to keep these items on hand at all times. I personally like using a double edged safety razor with a shave soap such as Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Soap for my daily routine.
Workout buddies are a great way to practice with others. They can be a good motivator, encourage you when you get stuck, and provide support and encouragement in the form of encouragement or feedback.
A workout buddy doesn’t have to be another yogi; it could also be someone who is just looking for some physical activity, like a friend or family member. If you’re the only one practicing on your home mat most of the time, you may want to consider signing up for a yoga class nearby that offers personal training sessions as well.
If you don’t have anyone to practice with then finding a workout buddy online might be an option. Gym buddies, especially those that go together in the same gym, are usually pretty easy to find on sites like MeetUp and Craigslist.
The key thing about choosing a workout buddy is finding someone who shares your enthusiasm for practicing as often as possible and getting better at it over time. Everyone has their own level of dedication so find someone whose routine aligns with yours.
After your practice is over, it’s important to refuel with a snack. Your body needs time to recover and repair, so it can’t function properly without the necessary nutrients from food. Choose something light like fruit or a protein bar.
#1: Water Bottle
Although not all yogis drink water during their practice, you should always keep some handy in case you need it. It’s best to drink between one and three cups of water after practicing for about 10 minutes. Coconut water or sports drinks are great options if you find yourself sweating too much or if you feel thirsty during class.
#2: A Snack
You should always have a snack on hand just in case your energy dips at any point during your practice. This could be anything from a piece of fruit to an energy bar made with natural ingredients like dates and almonds. Your snack must be something that will help you power through your yoga session because if you get too hungry, your whole practice will suffer!
It’s best to have a clean towel at the ready so that whenever you’re done practicing and are sweaty and dirty, all you have to do is throw up the towel over your head and wipe off everything else with it.
When most people think of what they need for their yoga bag they think about their mat or outfit but these things aren’t enough without blocks! Blocks offer
Bottom line the items that you should keep in your yoga bag.
These mats are so thick that they won’t slide on the floor and they don’t absorb sweat, so they stay put even when it starts getting to hot. They’re also very light and easy to carry around with you.
This is one of the most important things in your yoga bag because it will be there for you for both your practice and afterwards, to wipe down the mat or yourself before packing it up for your next class. It’s also a must-have if you like to do any kind of yoga in a public space where no bathrooms are available.
3. Yoga Clothing
Many people find it helpful to wear their own clothes during their practice just in case they come across an area of the body that they want to focus on more specifically or need more support than a regular outfit can provide as well as putting on something clean afterwards.
4. Water Bottle
You should always have water with you when practicing because dehydration can cause serious health problems later on even if you don’t feel thirsty yet, so make sure you bring a bottle with you that is easily accessible when needed during class to prevent any mishaps like these: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/top-10-worst-yoga-class-disasters-article-1.2393246
What are some of the benefits of having your own yoga props and clothing?
There are so many benefits to having your own yoga props and clothing!
If you’re a regular yoga practitioner, you quickly start to accumulate all the things that can help you practice at home. Wearing your own outfit, having your own mat and other accessories are just a few of the things you need to keep at hand for each class.
If you’re anything like me, then chances are that soon after each class, you start to wonder what else might make it easier for you in future classes.
Yogi-hood is hard enough as it is without having to think about what clothing, props and toiletries we have so normally we don’t pack too much into our bags. However, even with a minimal yogi-hamstermind it can still be overwhelming, so I like to keep a few of my favourites in my bag so I don’t have to think about what I might want when I get there (and stop faffing around trying on different things haha)
How can you maximize the use of your own props and clothing?
The first thing I do is wash my clothing in cold water. This removes the chemical smell that yoga clothing can sometimes have, and you can do it by washing your clothes in a machine or by hand (I prefer hand washing, because it’s more ecologically sound).
Next, I use a clothes steamer to remove the wrinkles from my fabrics. I also use stain removers and fabric softeners to keep everything clean and soft.
I need a yoga mat with a folding design so that I can fit it into my bag and take it with me wherever I go.
As for all the rest, some of it can be stored at home (bottles of water, fruit and vegetable juices, spices), but some as well as essential oils I use must be carried with me. In order to transport sanitary pads, I wrap up a small piece of fabric with plastic to protect the pad from contact with other things in my bag.
How can you minimize the use of unnecessary props and clothing?
Do yoga with what you have.
This is a very important tip to minimize the use of unnecessary props and clothing. When you do yoga with what you have, it completely changes your mind state, which consequently changes your body state.
By doing yoga with what you have, you realize that everything is made of energy and is within your power to change. By not clinging to any equipment such as a mat, or clothes, or anything else, your mind opens up more and more space for awareness.
So develop the attitude that you are not only using these things as they are, but they are becoming part of your practice. So just practice with whatever you have and everything will transform.