I’m a total yoga junkie, which means I’ve tested out tons + tons of mats, props, towels, clothes, all the things. Let’s be real - simple is better and this definitely rings true when it comes to yoga. And at the same time, I do think having a few essential pieces elevates your routine and enhances your practice overall. With so many different options + brands, it can be really hard to find the good stuff, so I’ve done all the dirty work for you :) Here are my tried and true favorites.
Good yoga leggings are an investment. You want a pair that hugs you like it’s their damn job, is breathable, and lasts for more than a month. I’m all about the cozy, so I love a legging that is both soft and functional - I want studio to grocery store to couch vibes, you know what I mean? These three check all my boxes. It might feel painful to spend $100 on workout gear, but TRUST, you will be so glad you did.
Okay, so the Free to Be Bra by Lululemon is a classic, but let me just tell you about my obsession with the FP Happiness Runs Crop. I legit have this thing in 10 colors - it is THAT good. The most flattering top, amazingly comfortable, and looks good with a non-athleisure vibe, as well.
I am obsessed with the eKO Lite mat. I’ve used many mats over the years and this is always the one I come back to for studio use. It’s super grippy, great for heated and non-heated yoga, and lasts forever. I love the 71” 4mm, but it also comes in 6mm if you want a lil extra cushion.
For my home practice, I use the Manduka round mat. Not only does this mat look like a freakin piece of art, but it offers full range of motion and is such a pretty addition to my at-home yoga space. It’s absorbent, cushy, and easy to clean. I also use it for meditation, pilates, and napping :)
Mat Bag: Free People Jasmine Yoga Mat Bag, $98
Everyone needs a quality bag to keep their mat safe + sound. Extra bonus if it has lots of pockets to stash your hair ties/phone/wallet/deodorant in. I also love the Lululemon mat strap if bags aren’t your thing!
Weights: Bala Bangles, $49
I did not know what I was missing until I tried these babes. Small but mighty, these 1 lb. ankle/wrist weights will tone the shit out of your arms and legs. They’ve taken my practice to a whole new planet. They’re definitely not a necessity, but a fun way to get in a sneaky work out, even when you’re doing a slow flow.
Towel: Lululemon Towel, $38
I don’t typically use a towel unless I’m in a really sweaty heated class, but when I do, this is the one I like. Plus, you can throw it in the washing machine after class. Pro-tip: spray your towel lightly with water once you set it down on the mat so you’re not slipping and sliding during class!
Bolster: Manduka Enlight Rectangular Bolster, $68
If you’re practicing yin or restorative yoga at home and don’t have a bolster, what are you doing?! This has been such a game changer for me and my ability to completely surrender and rest when I’m in the zen zone.
Block: Manduka Cork Yoga Block, $20
I’ve used this cork block for years and seriously can’t practice without it. I suggest getting two for extra support and depth. I also love placing one horizontal beneath my head and one vertical beneath my shoulder blades while I'm laying down on my back for the ultimate heart-opening stretch.
Water Bottle: Hydro Flask 40 oz Wide Mouth, $49.95
No yoga sesh is complete without a water break - what better excuse to skip out on that 2-min plank the teacher just cued? :) But seriously, staying hydrated is crucial and Hydro Flask makes it so easy. Fill up three of these throughout the day and you’ll be good to go!
Healing Stones: Raw Rose Quartz, $29.95
Rose Quartz has a high vibrational, gentle, diffused energy. I love having one on my mat next to me when I practice because of its ability to open up the heart chakra. Rose Quartz also connects us with unconditional love, the oneness of the universe, which makes me feel super grounded and held during yoga. Energy Muse is an amazing source for all things crystals and I get all of my goods there!
This list is obviously not exhaustive, but it’s a great start to up your yoga game and look hella good doing it. See ya on the mat :)