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Like many people, your New Year's resolution might be to work out more. If you're not totally sold on the idea of lifting weights or going on long runs, try yoga!
We’ve compiled a list of must-have equipment, workout clothing and accessories. No matter what your level, you'll look and feel like an experienced yogi.
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- Best yoga mats for beginners
- Best yoga mats for those with injuries
- Best outdoor yoga mat
- Best yoga accessories
- Best yoga mat cleaners and towels
- Best yoga outfits
Best yoga mats for beginners
With a non-slip surface and thick, cushioned material, this mat is perfect for anyone who is just getting the hang of their practice. It has more than 35,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and it's wallet-friendly.
If you’re just starting out and looking for a regular yoga mat, look no further than this basic sticky mat. Its non-slip surface ensures you won’t slide out of place in poses, and it’s reversible — that way if you become so experienced that you wear out one side, you can just flip it over!
This mat is known for its non-slip surface, which will help stabilize beginners as they are learning new poses.
Best yoga mats for those with injuries
If you experience discomfort when you put pressure on one knee for a low lunge, or even while on your hands and knees for a cat-cow pose, a mat with more padding may help. This mat by Aurorae is double the thickness of a regular mat, and it’s great for a restorative yoga practice that includes more lying and seated poses.
This Gaiam yoga mat is extra thick for the additional cushioning your joints might need during any yoga routine. It also has over 2,500 positive reviews on Amazon, so you know it's well loved!
Best outdoor yoga mat
If you don't live in a cold climate during the winter and enjoy breaking a sweat outdoors, this might be the mat for you. This Jade Harmony mat has traction, cushion and weight, making it easy to participate in all of the outdoor yoga you could ever want.
Best yoga accessories
If you're not super flexible, don't worry. You can place these foam blocks under your hands or feet to give you a lift in tough positions or help you deepen your stretch.
Even if you enjoy carrying your mat by hand, you can try going hands-free. This holder is easy to strap around your body like a crossbody bag, or even to sling over your shoulder.
This Tumaz yoga mat strap is also a great option! It's less than $10 and has more than 700 rave reviews on Amazon.
If you tend to carry a lot of accessories, this bag is an option. Not only is it an easy way to tote around your yoga mat, but it also has designated pockets for your water bottle, sunglasses, keys, towel and more.
Best yoga mat cleaners and towels
Whether your mat travels with you in a suitcase or across your body, it’s likely that you’re using it often ... and therefore it needs to be cleaned often! This cleaning solution is natural and organic, and can be used on all mats. It smells like citrus and completely disinfects your mat.
If you want a top layer for your mat but don’t have the time or space to clean or store your own, try this yoga towel from Lululemon out. It can be used to mop up excess sweat without the bulk.
This Shandali GoSweat towel is another affordable option.
Best yoga outfits
These leggings by Reflex have more than 13,000 five-star ratings on Amazon and are less than $50. TODAY Style editors loved them so much they wrote an entire article about them! If you're thinking about taking up yoga, you'll need a pair (or four) of nice-fitting leggings.
This racerback bra is chic yet supportive with moisture-wicking fabric. The Lululemon Ebb To Street Bra II is lightweight and will quickly become your favorite workout bra.
A form-fitting top is key for yoga so it won't ride up during downward dog or other stretches. This cropped tank from Athleta is easy to move in and features soft fabric that won't chafe.
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This article was originally published Sept. 15, 2017.