Beginners Guide: Essential Yoga Equipment

There is an utterly boggling array of different Yoga gear out there; a billion different kinds of mats, blocks, bricks, half bricks, straps, chairs. Honestly, it is SO hard to know what you need and what you don't when you're new to Yoga.

I thought it would be a great thing to share my favourite essential bits and pieces that make a difference to my practice and give a bit of an overview of the different kinds of equipment out there on the market.


Probably the most fundamental (and expensive) piece of equipment in Yoga; your mat is your best friend as a Yogi. It cushions your joints, provides grip, and helps you get the most out of your practice.

But buying the wrong one can be a very expensive mistake. With mats costing anything from £5 in Tesco (I would avoid these, they are rubbish...) up to over £100, it is a real investment. Bonus is, there is going to be something at every price point.

The main available types are as follows;




That's not an exhaustive list by any means; there's literally hundreds of different mats on the market which makes buying the right one really tough.

My Favourite Mats

For my own classes, I use Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mats in Slate Grey. I really like these for my students for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they're a good thickness which is good for anyone with so