Things to pack in your yoga bag
Namaste and welcome back to my fitness blog. As I’m getting older gone are the days when I yearn for the great sweaty feeling after an hour long spin class, or the achy muscles after a great weight training class. Instead I have felt myself leaning more towards yoga and pilates. I have always been fond of yoga, and have attended at least one yoga class a week for the past 3 or 4 years, but recently I have found myself waking up earlier 3 times a week to head in and lay out my yoga mat for a great 45 minute long session. Obviously one of the most important factors in deciding on a class is the teacher, and I highly recommend trying out lots of different yoga classes, and different styles of yoga before settling on one class. You might find that Bikram yoga is more suited to you, or that you prefer outdoor classes, although that option is probably not viable year round for most of us.
Once you’ve committed to yoga one of the first things you’ll need to do is to go and buy yourself a yoga bag. There’s so many different ones to choose from and its worth having a look into the different types available. They can also be very expensive if you buy one from a shop, or a sports store, so I bought a second hand yoga bag from here; http://www.used.forsale/yoga-mat-bag
One of the first things you will need to do is to buy yourself a water bottle to bring. I recommend buying one rather than using plastic water bottles as it's far more hygienic and far less wasteful on the environment. I actually recommend bringing two bottles with you, and i’ll explain why later on. I don’t use plastic water bottles becuase of the amount of BPA in them, so that leaves either stainless steel or glass. I like using a stainless steel water bottle as they are so much easier to clean, and they are so much lighter than using a glass bottle, plus they don’t smash if you drop them!
Once you’ve committed to going to Yoga it is definietly worth buying your own Yoga mat. Even though you will be laying a towel over the yoga mat, borrowing one from the class is rather unhygenic as the amount of sweat that is soaked into the yoga mat after each session. It’s also great as it means you can practice yoga on your own, either in your house or outside in a park. There’s a few different styles available some are thicker and studier and thus more comfortable for lying on or doing seated poses, whilst other are thinner. It’s pretty much everyone’s unique preference which decides what style to buy.
Headband and Hairbands.
You will sweat, and you will sweat a lot. A headband helps to keep the sweat out of your hair, as well as your hair out of your eyes when doing poses such as th downward dog. /a thicker comfy headband works great as it won’t leave lines on your hair or give you a headband headache.
I also recommend bringing extra hair bands with you, I like the No Creases hair ties as they are less likely to break and they won’t rip your hair out when removed.
Large pouch to keep your things in
I also recommend bringing a large pouch to keep all your smaller items in that tend to get lost at the bottom of your bag. I like this large pouch from Lululemon as it’s just big enough for everything in, including make up brushes in case you have to head straight out or to work after a class.
Non slip towel
Depending on the style of yoga you have chosen to do you might require a non stick towel. Not only are they great as they won't move when on top of your mat and you’re changin position, but they work great as added padding and help to soak up some of the sweat which you will inevitably drip onto your mat.
Deodorant and Perfume
You will require extra deodorant before starting your class, and if you shower at the gym bring perfume along with you as it will help to make you feel better and more ready to face the world after a long yoga session. You can also put a calming perfume on before class if you find that you are unable to zone out and it should help you to go to a calming, relaxing place.
And this is the reason why I recommend bring 2 bottles with you. Your other bottle should be full of water ready for the end of your workout session, so that you can throw an electrolyte sachet like Royal D or Emergen C into it to replenish your salts and electrolytes that you’ll have sweated out. Cheaper and better for your body than buying a sports drink.
I hope this helps you to think of additional things to keep in your yoga bag so that each class is made a teeny bit easier and more comfortable. If yoga isn’t your sport then maybe you should check out this post from last week where we look at table tennis.
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