Answers to FAQs by Beginner Yogis
1. Appropriate Clothing
Yoga clothes, like street clothes, come in a variety of styles. We recommend that you choose something that is comfortable, that you can easily move in and that you can easily view the position of your body and limbs. This doesn't necessarily mean that they have to be tight, but they shouldn't be so loose to conceal helpful visual information. If you get cold easily and especially if you are attending a Yin or Restorative class, bring an extra layer to have for savasana (a resting pose often practiced at the end of an active class and practiced throughout less active classes).
- leggings or closely fitting sweatpants
- gym shorts with lining or bike shorts
- tanks, muscle shirts or closely fitting t-shirts
- sports bras
Bare feet are essential as the yoga sticky mats are designed to grip with the bottoms of your feet for safety. If you are in a Yin or Restorative class, socks are permitted and encouraged if you tend to get cold.
If your hair is long and you don't like it in your face as you move, we recommend that you use a hair tie to secure it. This is not the case in a Restorative class where the hair tie might get in the way of you resting your head.
4. Yoga Mats
The yoga mat is the single most important piece of equipment for yoga because of safety. A yoga mat that not only grips with the floor surface but also grips with your feet is key in safely moving and sustaining yoga poses. There are many, many mats available on the market that are good. We recommend the Manduka brand of yoga mats because we have experienced nothing but superior performance from their products.
We rent Manduka mats at the studio for $2. If you cannot acquire a good mat or if you forget yours, no worries, we will have a good one for you :)
5. Yoga props
Yoga props typically consist of the following: blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets. Using yoga props is a great way of helping to create more space in the body. Using props can also reduce distances of reach so that poses become more accessible. In yoga, one is supposed to cultivate a balance between effort and ease. If ease cannot be achieved, sometimes props are just the right thing. Talk to your yoga teacher to understand more about how you can use props correctly and beneficially.