Yoga Essentials

What To Wear And Bring To Yoga Class

Have you signed up for a Black Lotus Yoga Class? We can’t wait to meet you on the mat! Speaking of mats, do you have one? There are a few things we recommend that you bring to get the most out of your yoga class, and most of them are easy to find if you don’t already have them. We also have a few extra recommendations that aren’t necessary, but can make your practice more fulfilling.

Black Lotus Yoga in The Palisades is your quiet, peaceful retreat for all things yoga and meditation. With drop-in classes and a variety of membership options, you’re sure to find a plan to help keep you mentally and physically balanced throughout the week. View our class schedule and sign up today!

What To Wear To Your Yoga Class — Essentials

Fitted Top And Leggings

Yoga is a very accessible activity that does not require specialty clothes to practice. While you may enjoy the fabrics and styles of yoga-specific clothing, you can wear any clothing that is fitted, breathable, and stretchy. These styles are often the best at staying in place and keeping you comfortable.

Comfortable Sports Bra

Wearing a low- to medium-impact sports bra during your yoga class can help keep you comfortable, especially during inverted or complex poses. Bras without clasps or strap adjusters may be the most comfortable option and will help prevent skin indentations.

What To Wear To Your Yoga Class — Extras

Yoga Socks

If you find that you slip on your yoga mat frequently, grippy yoga socks can help keep you in place. Slipping around will not only prevent you from properly holding your poses, but it can also lead to injury and unnecessary muscle strain. Yoga socks come in a variety of styles, including thin ballet flats and socks with toe cutouts or individual toe sleeves.


A soft headband can help keep your hair tucked back during yoga class, especially if you have bangs or layers that fall out of your bun or ponytail. If you have a short hairstyle that doesn’t pull back easily, a cloth headband can work wonders. As a bonus, a soft headband can absorb sweat, too!

What To Bring To Your Yoga Class — Essentials

Yoga Mat

Choosing your first yoga mat or buying a new one is an exciting experience! Your yoga mat is the foundation of your practice, and there are plenty of options available to suit your preferences. From thickness and texture to material and color, you should choose a yoga mat that keeps you comfortable during each pose and fits your style.

If you tend to enjoy floor-heavy yoga styles, such as Yin and Restorative, a thicker mat can provide additional cushioning for common pressure points. Thinner mats are often best for classes that incorporate more standing and balancing poses because they will provide your feet (and hands) with a more even, firm surface.

Yoga mats can be made from a variety of materials, including PVC (polyvinyl chloride), cotton, rubber, and cork. You may choose a certain material for its grip, feel, comfort level, or eco-friendliness. If you need help choosing a yoga mat, feel free to contact us. You can also receive a free Manduka PROlite yoga mat by signing up for our New Member Bundle.

Water Bottle

Our yoga studio is equipped with a complimentary FloWater station to provide you with pure, waste-free hydration during your practice. Bring your own water bottle and fill up before and after class to avoid dehydration. Reusable water bottles come in a variety of materials, including plastic, stainless steel, and glass. Remember, the most eco-friendly water bottle is the one you already own! In addition to a free yoga mat, you’ll receive a complimentary Boroux glass water bottle when you sign up for a New Member Bundle.

Eyeglasses Case

Eyeglasses can get in the way during many common yoga poses and transitions. In most cases, you won’t have a problem completing a yoga class without your glasses, especially with the vocal guidance of your instructor keeping you on track. If you prefer to go spec-free during your class, remember to bring a glasses case to protect your frames.

What To Bring To Your Yoga Class — Extras

Yoga Mat Strap

You don’t need a yoga mat strap for a successful practice, but you may find it helpful if you start regularly attending yoga classes and events. It makes it easy to keep your yoga mat rolled tight and doubles as a carrying strap. Yoga mat straps come in a variety of styles, from lightweight cotton loops to thick nylon with buckles.

Yoga Mat Wipes

Yoga mat wipes are another useful but non-essential accessory for your practice. Wiping down your mat after class is a good habit to develop, and yoga mat wipes (or any other skin-safe cleaning wipe) will do the job. You can even mix your own cleaning solution in a small spray bottle and bring it with you to class to use with a lint-free cloth.

Sign Up For Yoga In The Palisades

Now that you know what you need to wear and bring to your next yoga class, it’s time to sign up! Give Black Lotus Yoga a try with a drop-in class, or grab a New Member Bundle for one month of unlimited classes plus extra goodies. We have plans to fit your lifestyle, whether you want to practice a few times a month or secure unlimited yoga classes for an entire year. Join us for yoga in the Palisades today!

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