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One of the great things about yoga is that you don’t need a lot of kit, and as a beginner, that’s important. You’re not sure if you’re going to like it, so you don’t really want to fork out a huge amount of money.
In our online courses, Introduction to Pregnancy Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga – Mind & Body Relaxation, we’ve kept our use of equipment deliberately minimal, so that pregnant women can enjoy their practice without having to make a large number of purchases in advance. We can tell you which equipment we used, and why we love it.
The initial yoga equipment list you will need:
- A yoga mat: this needs to be stretchy and comfortable but also reasonably sticky so that you don’t slip while stretching. We loved this KeenFlex Yoga Mat, it’s got a great grip (and it matches our brand colours!) If your floor is not carpeted, you may wish to choose an even thicker mat such as this one from Bionix
- A yoga strap: this is a piece of equipment you’ll most certainly use more as your pregnancy progresses, when your bump grows and you may not be able to reach your toes any longer. Available in two lengths, the standard length Yogamatters D-Ring Yoga Belt Strap will be perfect.
- A yoga brick and a yoga block: a good block and / or brick will help you better position yourself during asanas. Much like the strap, these two pieces of kit will most probably be used more frequently as your progress through pregnancy. We loved the feel (and colours!) of the Yogamatters Yoga Brick Block (Grapefruit) and the Yogamatters Yoga Block (Sky Blue)
- A yoga block:
- A yoga mat bag: for carrying your mat around without it losing shape. We love the Yogamatters Carry All Kit Yoga Bag as it’s super soft and large enough for not just our mats, but also our water bottles, towels and a few other items as well.
- A water bottle: you’ll get thirsty during your workout, and it’s important to remain hydrated throughout your pregnancy. The beautiful Chilly’s Water Bottles are perfect for yoginis on the move.
- A yoga towel: no matter the type of yoga you practice, it’s still a workout, especially during pregnancy, and a towel will come in handy during labour as well. Treat yourself to one of these Yogamatters The Grippy Night Sky Yoga Mat Towel, and the design might just help you drift off to sleep.
What about clothes?
Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. A loose fitting t-shirt and leggings will probably already be a staple part of your maternity wardrobe.
Yoga clothes that are especially adapted to fit your growing pregnancy body are notoriously difficult to come by, but if you do decide to invest in some new clothing, we’ve chosen a few of our favourite pieces for you.
- As you move into your third trimester (or possibly sooner), over-the-bump leggings will be your new best friend. Add in a bright, jazzy pattern, and these are a winning combination: Maternity Zigzag Leggings (Over Bump)
- Loose fitting yoga vests are so comfortable, and can be worn after pregnancy as well. Look out for nursing vests so that you can double up if you’re choosing to breastfeed as well.
All this being said, we wish you the very best of luck with your pregnant yoga practice. We’d love to hear how you’re getting on, so do pop over to our social media channels and let us know.