Practicing yoga does not involve investing in much in terms of equipment. Ideally you will need an open mind, passion for the practice and a couple of tools to help you through your practice.
Yoga Mat: One of the most personal pieces of equipment, a yoga mat is what will support you through the hours and minutes of posing, meditating, breathing. For some people, the lighter the mat the better, as they don’t want to get all the sweat of the practice locked into the mat. For others, the more support, or the thicker the mat is, the better – as you may suffer from a bad back or prefer more support under the feet or back. Regardless of your preference there is a saying in yoga that whatever you bring with you to the beginning of practice, you should “leave it on the mat.” This means that whatever worries you have had, whatever has effected you throughout the day should be sweated out through your practice and left on the mat. You will see after many hours of practice that the kind of mat you choose is very important and your mat will be your biggest ally.
Yoga Block: A prop, as they are often called, a yoga block are used to help with alignment and offer support. Used for standing poses, in which one hand needs to be on the floor (like half moon pose) or for floor poses, such as backbends. Blocks help alleviate pressure on the body for those who need a little extra support, those who are working on flexibility and for those with back or other body issues.
Yoga Straps: Resembling a belt ,yoga straps are used to assist people when a pose involves touching the toes or bringing hands together behind the back. Often times, you may not be flexible enough at first to reach behind the back or come into a full forward bend and the straps can assist you in achieving these poses.
It is also important to remember to bring a towel and/or a blanket with you to practice if the class involves a lot of seated poses. The blanket or towel may be folded on top of the mat for added support for the hips and buttocks. Additionally, the towel is useful for helping dry off the body during hot yoga sessions or intense yoga workouts.