If you enjoy practicing yoga at home (or would rather not borrow equipment at the studio) then you absolutely need personal gear. Ahead, we've selected a yogi's starter pack, featuring items like a yoga mat, foam block, toe socks, and more.
It's small and unassuming, yet this Gaiam yoga block can make a world of difference in your practice. The durable, nonslip foam provides stability for modifications, and the block can also make certain poses more challenging by helping you build strength and flexibility. One satisfied shopper offers insightful tips for those who might not have much experience with yoga blocks, saying they're useful for deepening stretches, abdominal exercises, and even meditation. With a whopping 25 colors and prints from which to choose, you'll be able to find the best one to complement your home gym. ($11; amazon.com)
Wiping down your yoga mat at least once a week can help keep odor and bacteria at bay, but you'll want to clean it more frequently if you practice yoga daily. These antibacterial towelettes are up for the job and have the added benefit of being aromatherapeutic. One pack includes 20 lavender oil-infused wipes so there are plenty to incorporate into your yoga practice. Before you begin, clean your mat with one of these towelettes and enjoy breathing in the soothing scent as you transition between poses. ($16, anthropologie.com)
Go beyond the basic yoga mat and check out this banana leaf-print one from Neiman Marcus. Don't let the pretty pattern fool you; this eco-friendly mat is incredibly functional, too. A nonslip rubber backing combined with a suede-inspired cover gives you extra grip—it's like a yoga mat and towel all in one. Aside from various yoga exercises (including hot yoga), this mat is ideal for Pilates, core workouts, stretching, and more. ($78; neimanmarcus.com)
Once you've wiped down your yoga mat with the towelettes featured above, you'll want to start your practice with some light stretching. Reach for the Manuka stretch strap and you'll feel a deeper stretch, whether you're using it for a warm-up or to add stability to your yoga pose. It's made from lightweight, durable cotton and features an adjustable buckle for added security. Plus, it's eco-friendly so you can feel extra good about your purchase. ($16; zappos.com)
If you're looking for a way to improve your stability (or you simply don't like being barefoot) these open-toe socks are, according to one shopper, "perfect for yoga!" The bottoms are lined with grippy material to prevent slipping, but your toes are free so you can nail any stance unhindered. Available in six charming colors and at an affordable price point, there's no reason not to stock up on a few pairs. ($16; freepeople.com)
This tote has loads of space and special pockets—including a sleeve for your yoga mat!—to organize your workout essentials. It's so sleek and roomy, you can use it as an everyday tote to take you from home to work or even a weekend away. ($40; gaiam.com)