The 10 best: yoga gear
From non-slip mats to straps for trickier poses, these useful accessories will give you a hand with your asanas
Samuel Muston is deputy editor & food editor of The Independent Magazine. He writes a weekly food column – On the Menu – which appears in The Independent on Friday and i on Monday. And also travel and general features. Follow him on Instagram at @smuston
Wednesday 09 November 2011
1. Bobble Water Bottle
If you've ever puffed your way through a bikram yoga session you'll know you need lots of water. Quench your thirst with this BPA-free bottle with built-in water filter.
2. Super Grippy Gloves
If you're travelling light and don't have room for a mat in your bag, check out these gloves. They have non-slip strips so you can exercise safely wherever you are.
3. Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Iyengar's 45-year-old classic is still the go-to book for today's yoga enthusiasts, with pose illustrations, breathing advice and the philosophy of the exercises.
4. Gaiam Block
A yoga block is essential for getting into deeper poses without causing strains. This block is wide, lightweight, made from a sturdy foam and has a non-slip base.
5. Simply Karma
Get yourself in the mood with the Simply Karma boxset, which has four CDs of laid-back beats for meditation and slightly more upbeat tunes for bikram or pilates.
6. Plum Relaxation Blanket
This 2m fleece blanket can be used as a prop to give extra lift when seated, or to keep you warm when meditating. It's machine washable for those dusty village hall floors.
7. Natural Fitness Bag
This attractive yoga bag is extra large – so fits most mat sizes – has a double-zip opening, an adjustable shoulder strap and is made from planet-friendly hemp.
8. Holistic Silk Scented Mat
If you fancy some luxury while you practise, this mat has a cosy fleece top and faux leather non-slip bottom. Plus, it's infused with a calming lavender aroma.
9. Manduka Cotton Straps
Straps are particularly useful for bound poses if you're not that flexible. This one is 2.5m long, 100 per cent natural cotton and has a super-sturdy buckle.
10. The White Company Driftwood
Scented candles get you into relaxation mode. So light this one up and let the bay, samphire and sea salt aromas nudge you towards Nirvana.
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