Sure, you have a yoga mat (you’re not doing your flow on a hard floor, right?), but if you really want to embrace your inner yogi, a mat is just the tip of the iceberg. We found more than a dozen irresistible products that all yoga lovers will be obsessed with. They range from the useful (yoga blocks and yoga bags) to the silly (namaste puns, anyone?). Having them around has been making us feel all sorts of zen.
How many times have you walked into yoga class only to realize you don’t have a hair tie? This cute kit has you covered. You'll find the hair tie you were looking for, plus bobby pins, extra socks, ear buds, sample-size dry shampoo, deodorant towelettes, a foldable brush, a headband, a tampon, lip balm, blister balm, Band-Aids, safety pins, and breath mints. It's the definition of a lifesaver.
We all have that chipper friend who’s an unapologetic morning person and thinks it’s OK to say, “You sure you don’t want to sign up for a 7 a.m. flow this Sunday?” Just send them a selfie while sipping on some coffee (or booze—we’re not here to judge) from this cheeky mug. Problem solved.
We’re all about at-home yoga, but doing the same flow again and again gets boring. Classes are our favorite way to spice things up (Bikram, aerial, and beer yoga are all amazing), and ClassPass makes it so easy to sign up for the coolest yoga classes in your area. Bonus: They’re giving Greatist readers 70 percent off their first month.
Unless you’re uber flexible, you’re going to need a yoga block at some point in your flow. Maybe you use it for support during triangle pose, or you grab two blocks to deepen your stretch in downward dog. You could purchase any old block, or you could get this one from Sweaty Betty. It might be made from the same foam, but it looks so much better.
Embrace your inner Katniss Everdeen with this sweet yoga bag from Brogamats. It’s functional (a full-length zipper means you can fit all standard-size mats) and a great conversation starter. Next time you head to a new studio, bring this bag, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to make some new friends.
Twisting yourself into a pretzel in yoga class might work wonders to relieve muscle tension, but this mat takes it to the next level. Don’t let the name “bed of nails” scare you—there isn't anything you would find in a hardware store attached to this mat. Instead, the pointy acupressure plates stimulate blood flow to ease any lingering muscle soreness or pain.
Finding a fashionable gym bag that actually holds your yoga mat? We thought that was impossible until we came across this beauty from Athleta. The straps along the side of the bag are specially designed to hold your mat. And, on top of that, both the interior and the exterior have lots of pockets so this doesn't become the giant black hole that most gym bags are.
Call us skeptical, but every no-slip yoga mat we’ve tried hasn’t worked as advertised. At the beginning of class it appears to be doing its job, but the second we start sweating, our mat turns into a slip 'n slide. OK, fine. We're being a *little* dramatic, but you get the point. And that’s why these towels come in handy. They’re pricey, but washable. Put one over your yoga mat and never slip again—seriously.
We wish we had someone like Jessamyn Stanley by our side when we started practicing yoga—someone to tell us to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else in class, someone to tell us how yoga can help us love our bodies. Her how-to book has 50 basic poses and 10 sequences, but it’s not just for beginners. We can all learn something from the way Stanley thinks (and talks) about yoga.
Feeling stressed? Chakras out of whack? Keep this mini coloring book in your bag or your back pocket—it really is small enough to fit. Its 70 designs range from flowers to butterflies to rolling waves, making them all a quick way to zen out on those days when you're too busy to take an hour-long yoga class.
We’re not sure if Fetty Wap does yoga, but it doesn't matter. This twist on the opening line in his song “Trap Queen” makes us laugh every time anyway. We know, we know—$50 is pricey for a tank top. But can you really put a price on telling the world, “Hey, I’m zen and on trend?” Didn't think so.