Yesterday morning I headed off to a Sunday morning yoga class for the first time in a little while. I haven’t been practicing as often as I would like to, so let me tell you, yesterday’s session kicked my butt a little. Once class was over, I felt great as usual. But during the class, it was more like “Ow, my abs. Ow, my arms. Ow, my pride.” etc.
Anyways, over the years I’ve perfected my going-to-yoga-class routine, and figured out exactly what I need and don’t need to bring to class. Keep reading to see what I take with me!
1. The perfect yoga bag
It can be a challenge to find a sports bag for yoga class, because as we all know, yoga mats are not exactly tiny. It’s pretty easy to find a sports bags with outside straps to attach your mat to, but if you’re like me, this won’t do it for you. I travel by metro to get to class and back and, of course, my mat travels with me. That’s why I prefer a bag that can fit my whole mat inside of it, so there’s no danger of people germs getting on my precious mat (crazy? reasonable? You decide).
Alas, I have found the ultimate yoga bag. This one is from Winners and cost about $30. It fits my entire mat inside it, as well as whatever else I need to bring to class. It has two handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. If you’re looking for a bag as awesome as this, have hope – they are out there!
2. Yoga mat & towel
The first thing that goes into my bag is my yoga mat – and right next to it is my yoga mat towel. Whether I’m in a hot yoga class or a regular class, my towel is my bff, as it gives me the extra grip I need to stop my hands from slipping during certain poses. These towels are sold in most sports stores and are thin, easy to carry and specially sized to fit over your mat. They catch your sweat and are easily thrown into the wash after class. If you decide to borrow a mat from your studio, you can use your mat towel to cover the mat so you feel more comfortable. My towel is by YogaRat and I picked it up at Winners.
3. Sports towel
The classes I go to are of the hot yoga kind – so they’re taught in heated rooms that go up to 39 °C (102 °F). This means that if I forget to bring a small towel, I spend the whole class trying to feel zen, but instead feeling distracted by the beads of sweat trickling down my forehead (and the back of my neck, and arms, and legs etc.). Having a towel next to my mat for easy grabbing is a lifesaver. Since I never could find a sports towel anywhere, I just take a regular hand towel and it works great.
4. Reusable water bottle
Gotta hydrate! I always take a reusable bottle with me and try to drink a good amount of water during and after a session. No one brings plastic bottles to class these days (being kind to the environment is so in right now) so I invested in a reusable water bottle and happily avoid any judgey looks. The one I have is by Camelbak.
5. Change of clothes
I hate the feeling of sweaty clothes so I always bring a change of clothes to go home in. In the summer, I go for a loose tank top and shorts. In the winter, sweatpants and a hoodie. Comfort is a top priority for me!
So that’s it! All of this (plus my keys and wallet of course) fit nicely into my yoga bag and then I’m out the door. Here’s to more yoga classes and better physical, mental and spiritual health for us all. Namaste!