New To Yoga?

Unsure what you need? This page will get you up to speed quick with an overview of the basics!

Clothing

There aren’t many rules when it comes to Yoga Clothing, you pretty much can wear whatever you want. Unlike when you are running and you might need supportive shoes, or when you are playing baseball you will need a helmet, in yoga you can get away with what feels best to you. Here are our clothing tips based on our experience and mistakes.

  • Long Enough Shorts/Leggings Since you’ll have your legs in the air and you’ll be moving around a lot…think about whether your leggings will move around and need adjustment throughout the class. There is nothing worse than focusing more on where your leggings are what clothes will allow the most movement. We recommend wearing something 3/4 length which will give you lots of discretion and movement at the same thing. And since there are no rules in Yoga….make them as colourful as you want!
  • Stretchy Clothes The point of yoga is to move and stretch, so you’ll need clothes that will stretch with you rather than restrict you. We highly recommend wearing something with a component of lycra in it!
  • Firmer is better than looser Because you will be moving around, including going upside down, if you wear a loose t-shirt it will fall down and if you wear loose shorts they will fall up….. or if you aren’t comfortable wearing something loose, be prepared to tuck your top in to your pants, at least at the front, which will do the trick, but can be a bit annoying if it falls out…(when stretching…)
  • Wear a sports Bra, or similar! You’ll be jumping and stretching and moving and you will want to feel secure…IN your clothes! Again, the last thing you want to be worrying about when you are trying to balance, or hold any position, is whether your boobs have popped out!!
  • Easy to slip off/on shoes! Yoga studios are typically a ‘no shoe’ space to keep the area where you will be practising clean. So make sure your shoes are easy to slip off, especially if you are running late for class.

There are lots of clothing companies that specialise in YogaWear. Lululemon is pretty famous for their yoga range, but they are also expensive. Most department stores now carry an active range, so you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Our best tip is to make sure you try on the clothes and move around in the change room to try them out. Bend forward, lunge forward, jump up and down and do a down dog (make a triangle with your body with your hands and feet on the floor) and that will give you a good indication of how they will hold up in most classes. And don’t worry about feeling silly, we all do it!

Caroline Malta Yoga

Equipment

Depending on the class and studio, your requirements will range. You may need absolutely nothing as a lot of studios are fully equipped with everything you need. Some studios charge you to hire their mats, typically to cover the cost of cleaning them. Blocks, bolsters and straps are typically always available free of charge. Some studios prefer that you bring your own mat, so if you aren’t sure, you should ring the studio to check. If you intend to practise at home, you will need to build up your own equipment so here are the basics.

  • Mat A good mat is worth it’s weight in gold for a few reasons. Firstly you want the mat to be thick and non-slip. Especially when you are starting out this can really cause unnecessary challenges! We recommend you make this investment as soon as you are able. You will spend a lot of time up close and personal with your mat: laying on it, sweating on it etc, so it’s nice to have your own
  • Strap A strap is basically a belt or piece of material which you use to put around your feet while you are getting the flexibility to reach your toes. You don’t need to buy a special one, any type of strong, long piece of cloth or even a belt will do, in the short term
  • Block A block is a foam brick which you use until you can reach the floor and sometimes used to put under your bottom or to lift you up in some positions. A block is handy and nice to use, however you can easily get away with doing yoga without it. When you can’t reach the floor, simply grab onto whatever is closest, for example your shin or leg!
  • Bolster A bolster is a hard cylinder pillow which is used to open up and extend your body. Mostly used in restorative or yin yoga. Unless the type of yoga you are doing needs it, you can easily live without it

Recommendations for Yoga Equipment Coming soon!

Space

You can literally do Yoga anywhere. We’ve seen (and done) yoga in Airports, Conference Rooms, Outside, in your Bedroom, in your Lounge room, you get the drift. You need about 2.5 square metres, to fit your mat and your body is.

The best check is simple to stand up and put your arms out, and check your arm-span. Will you hit anything on either side? Then lay down and check your length. Will you kick anything? If no to both of these, you are good to go.

Literally, no excuses, you can do Yoga anywhere!

Fish Pose