Yoga is an ancient exercise practice that involves performing different poses and postures on an exercise mat. It is a low-impact activity that can help improve flexibility, balance, strength, and endurance. There are many different types of yoga, including prenatal yoga, yoga for the elderly, and modified adaptive yoga for disabilities. To practice yoga, you need the right clothes and a yoga mat.
Blocks are not necessary for yoga, but they can be useful for beginners or those with physical limitations. Advanced yogis may also use blocks to access challenging poses more deeply. Yoga blocks are one of the most versatile accessories and can help facilitate or add challenge to poses, aid alignment, and release tension. In addition to yoga, activities such as Pilates, swimming, beach volleyball, kayaking or canoeing, roller skating, surfing or paddle boarding, and using a hula hoop are great for exercising the trunk muscles.
When practicing beach yoga, you want your mat to “give way” to the surface below you. Manduka PRO series yoga mats are designed to last a lifetime and reduce the amount of PVC that enters landfills each year. Cork blocks are softer and weigh less than wood blocks (between one and two pounds). If you plan on carrying your mat back and forth to the studio regularly, you may want to invest in a mat bag or sling.
Additionally, spreading exercise sessions over three or more days a week can help reduce the risk of injury and keep energy levels high throughout the week. Be careful when practicing with light-colored rugs or light-colored clothing as dye loss may continue after the first few separate washes.