Saturday marked the last day of my 2-week trial membership to a local hot yoga studio here in Grand Rapids. I’ve really been enjoying getting back into yoga, both for the mental and physical benefits so I had a decide if and how I wanted to continue.
I started crunching numbers…monthly unlimited options, bulk class packages, or pay up front. They were all feeling a bit scary and when looking at my budget, nothing quite fit. But then I thought about it, this is my health – mental and physical. So before I knew it, I was committing to a full year of yoga (taking advantage of a HUGE special that makes it crazy cheap)! Tomorrow I’ll be sharing more about my current fitness goal but yoga is fitting right in with that, which allowed me to further justify the cost.
Anyway, with my return to the hot yoga life (ha!), I thought it would be fun to share a few of my hot yoga essentials!
1. Yoga Mat
This may seem obvious and while many studios will let you rent a mat if you don’t have one, I stand by the fact that you should just get your own! Especially when it comes to hot yoga and all that sweat, I just like to know the sweat on their is mine.
2. Towel (mat/face/both)
This is a MUST for hot yoga in my book! I like having a towel for my mat to help keep from sliding around and then if I get super drippy, I just give my forehead a little dab every time I get towards the ground. But you can always just bring a small towel to dab your face, arms, or legs if needed too. And make sure you wash them often. I forgot to wash mine after too many classes and it stunk.
Cute water bottles make everything better, don’t they? Get one, fill it up and bring it with you. You’re going to thank yourself for that, I promise.
4. Mat cleaner
Some studios provide wipes and if that’s yours, take advantage for the daily but think about this…we’re sweating and then rolling them right back up and most likely not unrolling them to properly dry. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? Get some cleaner and properly clean those babies from time to time.
Keep that hair out of your face and help soak up some of the sweat. Sounds gross, I know. And I promise if you have any intent to stop at the grocery store after yoga (like I do), you’re going to be so thankful.
6. Yoga Mat Bag
Because with all this stuff, something needs to hold all of it…plus your phone (on silent) and keys!
Any other hot yoga fans?
What are some of your essential items?
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