Yoga’s original south asian practitioners realized what the regimen can do for the mind millennia ago. In modern life, studies prove that the practice boosts attention and focus, reduces stress, and helps curb anxiety. (It’s okay that weightlifters and linebackers use it to build strength and increase flexibility too.) No matter why you’re there, the mat can give you a short break from your smartphone and its continuous flow of push notifications. Use these four essentials to help it all fade away.
The Jade Harmony pad uses a layer of natural rubber on top to soak up slippery perspiration and improve traction. At three-sixteenths of an inch thick, it’s the perfect Goldilocks depth—comfortably squishy without sacrificing stability.
The Lululemon women’s In Movement Tights have an inner, nylon-based fabric layer that spreads out sweat for rapid evaporation. It pulls moisture away from the skin to a quick-drying outer layer.
Yoga should stretch, not strain, your muscles. The Yoga Design Labs Block acts like a spotter to help you into poses outside your range. It has a textured surface for grip, and offers 4, 6, or 9 inches of assistance.