The beauty of yoga is its simplicity and the ease with which you can just show up and get practicing. But the question of what to bring to class is one that really worries people sometimes. So, here’s a little checklist for you:
The most important thing you need to bring to yoga class is yourself and an open mind. Classes often present new situations and may challenge your expectations. (Learn How to Open Your Mind.) Relax, trust in the process, let yourself be present, and embrace whatever arises. Enjoy!
- Yoga mat. Some classes and studios will provide them or let you hire them for the class - check first. Even if they do have yoga mats, you might prefer to bring your own. It’s up to you.
- Comfy clothes. There’s really no need to rock up in full designer yoga gear, unless you want to (which is fine too!). Just make sure you’re wearing something you can move in. Layers are a good idea, so you can adjust your clothing according to how warm or cool you get during class. And some people like to bring socks to get cozy while in savasana. Worth a thought.
- Water. This is particularly true for Hot yoga, but in any yoga class, dehydration is not healthy for your body or mind. Some teachers might encourage you not to drink during class, but at the very least you’ll want a drink afterward. And, actually, I believe that if you’re thirsty and you want to drink, you should do so. It’s your body! (Read more for the 5 Qualities of a Good Yoga Teacher.)
- Towel. Again, a Hot yoga essential and may be desirable in any kind of dynamic or Power yoga class, particularly if you’re inclined to get sweaty. You can also get specific yoga mat towels with grippy little feet to lay over your mat while you practice, if the sweatiness and sliding is an issue.
- Props. Again, most yoga teachers and studios will provide these, if necessary, but if you have a specific block, belt or brick that you like to use to enhance your practice, you can always bring it with you. Also, if you know you have an injury or condition that benefits from some extra props or support, do feel empowered to bring it with you. Any good yoga teacher will be happy for you to do that.