Whether you practice yoga for spirituality or stretchiness, it has the advantage of being an exercise you can practice almost anywhere, with minimal outlay.
Experienced yogis only need a quiet location and the feeling of the ground beneath their feet to begin their spiritual journey. For us lesser beings though, a couple of accessories could help us on the path to zen. Namaste.
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10 best yoga accessories
10 best yoga accessories
1/9 H&M yoga top
This simple vest is form-fitting and flattering, without any bulky seams or zips. The racer-back and elasticated hem will stop the top from moving or riding up during inversions, and the functional, fast-drying fabric will keep you cool. £14.99, hm.com
2/9 Yogamatters Get a Grip towel with Dots
Anyone who has ever slipped their way through a Bikram yoga class will appreciate the merits of a good, grippy towel. The smooth, soft finish on one side and silicon dots on the other mean it can be flipped to suit your practice – dots down as a secure, hygienic barrier on a borrowed mat, or dots up if you feel you need some extra grip. It’s light and absorbent, and rolls up small. £24, yogamatters.com
3/9 Nike pro shorts
Yes, these are SHORT shorts. But their cut and fit will prevent even the slightest chance of wardrobe malfunction. And in a 40-degree class the last thing you’ll be worried about is skimpiness. Available in an array of colours and patterns. £23, nike.com
4/9 Lululemon Om for All Yoga Bag
When lugging your yoga gear from office to class, a ratty rucksack that you stash hurriedly under your desk is not ideal. Lululemon does a range of yoga bags that could easily pass for large handbags. This one is durable and easy to wipe clean, with an external mesh pocket for shoes and several internal pockets. £108, lululemon.co.uk
5/9 Sweaty Betty Carya ¾ Yoga Pants
These harems are airy and comfortable, moving with you as you twist with the help of the deep waistband and elasticated cuffs. They can be infinitely more flattering than even the most ingeniously engineered leggings, and the graphic print keeps them fresh and modern. £60, sweatybetty.com
6/9 Roxy Embrace Bra
This mesh design from the surf brand offers light-medium support, while looking great with its double-layer look in a range of colours. A nice change from the usual scaffolding-style sports bras. £35, roxy-uk.co.uk
7/9 HPE Skinny Compression Leggings
Leggings can be tough to get just right to ensure they’re not restrictive or seethrough. These HPE leggings are subtly stylish, with mesh ankle detail, a comfortable waistband and a hidden internal pocket for essentials. Their compression technology claims to boost circulation, and reduce fatigue and soreness. £70, hpe-shop.com
8/9 LIJA Daydream Draped Jacket
In yoga, the cover-ups are as important as what’s underneath. This is ideal for wrapping up in before settling down for savasana. The two side-zip closures create gathering around the waist, while the moisture wicking lets it breathe. £65, lijastyle.co.uk
9/9 Chilly’s bottles
Bikram or hot-yoga fans will be all too familiar with the need for hydration. These sleek little vacuum flasks keep the water cool on the inside while the outside stays at room temperature – so no icy burn or condensation. £18.99, chillysbottles.com
If your downward dog tends to droop as the hot yoga class hots up, the Yogamatters Get a Grip towel will change your life. Plus you’ll never have to worry who last used that borrowed yoga mat again. A bargain at £24.