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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Yoga: Maximum Benefits, Minimal Equipment...

One of the aspects of yoga that appeals to many people is the fact that you don't need a lot of equipment to perform the movements. In fact, you don't need any equipment to perform most of the basic yoga exercises. This makes yoga an activity that can easily be practiced at home or away.

In addition, it makes it easier for those of any age to add yoga exercises to their fitness routine. And the benefits that it will present to them are well worth the little bit of effort it takes.

It's not just that it's one of the more beneficial fitness programs you can take up. It's also that it needs virtually no financial outlay, and you can't say that for many fitness activities. The only essential item is some loose clothing to ensure that you can perform the poses comfortably. Traditionally, yoga is done in bare feet. So footwear isn't even an issue, and this can certainly be a money saver.

As you become more advanced in your practice of yoga, you might feel the need to add some pieces of equipment to assist in taking yourself to higher levels. The simplest purchase is probably a yoga mat. This handy item will reduce the chance of slipping when doing your standing poses and will provide some cushioning for your seated poses.

Yoga straps are another useful item that can give a boost to your stretching abilities. Straps improve your flexibility because they make it possible to handle positions that you couldn't do without their help. But this doesn't have to be much more than a belt or piece of rope that you probably already have. Even if you spring for the genuine yoga straps you won't be paying out a lot of money.

Any of these basic items certainly won't cost you a fortune. And equipment like bolsters, straps and mats will help you achieve the proper position and provide alignment for your legs and spine. You'll probably find that they're a worthwhile purchase, but keep in mind that you'll do fine without them.

Really, the only other thing that's necessary is a blanket. Most people have one of these.

In many countries where the general population doesn't have much money, yoga is very popular, and it doesn't require anything special. So there's no reason to break the bank in order to get the benefits of yoga exercises.