your breath, your mind, and physical body
yoga mat (nothing fancy is necessary for beginner classes – can be found for less than $10 at Walmart). Choose 5mm for the best comfort and a carrier if you wanna get fancy. I like a yoga mat bag that has compartments for keys and phones. Some good deals here. And I found a great Gaiam mat on Groupon too.
water bottle (water fountains available in most locations) As a general rule, I never drink really cold water, but I know we can get over heated, so do what makes you feel balanced.
towel for sweat (best for safety and for comfort)
blocks I feel the standard hand fits on a 4inch block ( 9″x 6″ x 4″). The smaller 3″ are less stable but okay for lifting hips if you’re shorter.
straps are optional but are useful in deepening your poses.
knee/elbow pads are kind of a new tool but super for those that don’t want to keep curling your mat – example
a wall (clear of nearby objects) is a great tool to work on poses for inversion or extending leg poses, and moving into deeper stretches, or leveraging strength for headstands
Attire: Athletic or loose clothing that allows for full range of motion but does not expose private areas – What does that mean?
Some good example of clothes for women, men, girls and boys are seen here. Men shorts fall to the knee. Women’s yoga attire generally includes tanks tops and leggings. Kids should wear similar clothes that do not allow for opening to the skin to private areas. Do a few stretches in front of a mirror and if anything shows that you’d blush about, maybe find something with less exposure. You can shop the sale items in the online store Yogaoutlet.com for deals.
I think everyone should own their own mat that they clean with a gentle cleanser (water with dish soap) after every use, and maybe one or two blocks. Blocks are good for helping you get you into poses during practice and are great for restorative poses (resting) poses that you can do at home. I used these regularly to release kinks and tightness in my own home practice, so they have a dual purpose – for class and at home.
A towel is great for water spills, sweat, and especially a slippery mat. In places that have heated classes, expect to sweat more and drink more water, so bringing a towel is a good idea. Realize that you can also take a spill on your own sweat or just make parts of your mat hazardous.
Cellphones: Not for use of recording during classes as it can make students self-conscious but feel free to snap selfies after classes and Insta or Facebook to #prismayoga for any class you feel proud to have completed. Feel free to leave to a bathroom for urgent calls, but please be respectful of volume in practice areas.