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30) Yoga Equipment The degree of preparation for practicing yoga is minimal. It is true that you have to mind your diet, but however, mental preparation is by far more important. Still, when it comes to yoga equipment, there are a few things to keep in mind. These things are not mandatory, but recommended, in order to increase the level of efficiency and comfort. * Yoga clothing: there is no such thing as a strict rule regarding the type of clothes that one has to wear, while performing yoga exercises. Nevertheless, practice has demonstrated that comfortable, loose, breathable clothes are the most convenient ones for carrying out this routine. Sweat suits, shorts, pajamas and t-shirts are the outfits people mostly opt for. As for certain exercises from a regular yoga routine your head comes below your knees, you might want to put on a t-shirt that is tight to your body. * Shoes: as a general rule, yoga exercises are performed in bare feet. Most of the times, shoes are left near the entrance. To prevent discomforts caused by the cold sensations, you can put on light cotton socks. * Mats: In a yoga room or studio it is likely to observe, on the floor, a large number of mats, each one for a different practitioner. These mats are used for various reasons. First of all, they delimitate the personal space dedicated to each person. Hence, every practitioner can try to reach the state of harmony between the mind and the body, within the space allocated to him, space that he can control and dominate. Another relevant reason for using mats is related to the level of comfort. If you sweat your hands might get slippery and you might loose your stability. For that reason, a mat could help you stay focus on the routine. Especially if you are a beginner in yoga training, you have to deeply consider purchasing a mat, as the hard floor might be a serious cause of discomfort to you. Most yoga studios offer yoga mats for rent, for a dollar or two. However, most people like to purchase their own mats, from the specialized stores. * Blankets: It is common for yoga studios to have enormous piles of blankets. Do not hesitate to grab one or two, as they can turn out to be handy during classes. They can either be used as props, while performing exercises in uncomfortable positions, or you can use them to cover yourself, during relaxation at the end of the class, in case you get chilly. There are other elements such as blocks and straps, for example, which people use to improve their efficiency and level of comfort, while carrying out the yoga exercises.


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