Both at-home workouts and stress levels have soared during the pandemic, so if you’ve turned to yoga to move your body and calm your mind, you’re not alone. Whether you’re a vinyasa newbie or are looking to upgrade your home flow setup, these are the best yoga accessories for beginners that’ll ease your practice.
Doing yoga brings a wide range of physical benefits: Science shows that it can improve strength, flexibility, and heart health, besides simply feeling good after sitting at a desk all day. And there are just as many advantages for your mind — the same study found that regular yoga can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while improving your sleep and overall sense of well-being.
While you can do the low-impact workout with nothing but a mat, there’s a wide selection of accessories on the shelves that can help upgrade your flows. From beginner-friendly mats to bolsters, straps, and everything in-between, here’s the gear that any new yogi needs to get a little more zen in their life.
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