Everything You Need for Your First Yoga Class

Pack like a pro for your first yoga class by bringing these essentials to make your workout a whole lot easier.

Carry That Weight

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You won't have to struggle carrying your gym bag and your yoga mat with this Lululemon yoga bag. Not only is the bag trendy with its printed design, but it also offers several compartments to store your yoga essentials. Put your post-workout gear in one of the zippered, water-repellent pockets and your water bottle in the other. You can keep your hands free while heading to and from the studio by stashing your mat in the bag's wide opening. Believe it or not, our favorite part is the removable shoulder strap that doubles as a stretching strap. You get two yoga essentials in one! ($58; lululemon.com)


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Motivational Mantras

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Inspiration can come from unexpected places. For your first yoga class, all you need to do is look down at your mat. This yoga mat features motivational words and sayings from top to bottom. Made with PVC foam that helps prevents slippage and discomfort when you're holding a pose, this mat is eco-friendly and works well for Pilates class too. It even offers an alignment line down the center to help you position your spine correctly on the mat. You definitely don't want to borrow a mat from the studio, so pick up your own yoga mat and head to class like a pro. ($30; dickssportinggoods.com)


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Block Out the Time

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You've reserved time each week to attend a yoga class, which is the first step. If you want to get the most out of your workout, you'll want to pack a yoga block. Use the block to ensure proper alignment as you're holding a pose or to assist with your balance. Yoga blocks are also helpful during meditation, and they can add some height for standing poses. Beginners and seasoned yogis alike use yoga blocks, so remember to pack this lightweight block in your Lululemon bag before heading to class. ($12; target.com)


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Studio Sleek

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Arriving to your first yoga class can be nerve-wracking when you don't know what to do or wear. Be prepared with comfortable and stylish clothes to help make your first class go smoothly. Wear this Alo Yoga Field Bra and feel supported all throughout your workout. The double-mesh underlayer and performance-fabric overlayer offers ample coverage and breathability. Buy multiple colorways so you have a strappy sports bra to match every pair of printed leggings you own. ($56; aloyoga.com)


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Stay Loose

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Leave room for movement by wearing a relaxed-fit tank top to your first yoga class. The split-panel back keeps your shirt loose and open for a cool, frustration-free workout. Wear the tank as is, or spruce it up for a different look by knotting the asymmetrical hem. Don't forget to wear your Alo Yoga Field Bra underneath for a complete yogi-inspired outfit that won't make you look like a newbie to the whole yoga thing. ($55; nordstrom.com)


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Post-Workout Layers

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Go from street to studio and back again by wearing this Athleta Studio Wrap to and from yoga class. Long enough to cover your assets, the cardigan is made with a soft, knit fabric for cozy comfort while you wear it. You can leave it open, or close it by wrapping the collar to the shoulder and connecting it with the hidden magnetic closures. With fall and winter quickly approaching, you'll be wanting one of these cardigans in every color. ($89; athleta.gap.com)


Marble Crush

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Sport fashionable and functional printed leggings for your first yoga class. The marble pattern alone won us over, but we're also impressed with the hidden waistband pocket, breathable mesh, and moisture-wicking fabric these high-waist leggings offer. Comfortable, cool, and flattering, these cropped leggings won't distract you from getting the most out of your workout. Wear the marble-print leggings with your Alo Yoga bra, split-back tank, and your Athleta studio wrap for a yoga class ensemble that everyone will want. ($65; nordstrom.com)


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Don't Sweat It

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If you were ambitious and made your first yoga class a hot yoga class, then packing a towel in your bag is crucial. This Banyan & Bo Dri-Lite Microfiber Yoga Towel absorbs twice the moisture and dries twice as fast when compared with a standard towel. Bonus: This towel is the same size as most yoga mats, which means you can use it for extra traction so you won't slip when you break a sweat. Pack the towel away in the water-repellent pocket of your yoga bag when class is over so it doesn't touch your clean clothes. ($25; target.com)


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Stay Hydrated

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You probably have several water bottles already, and I bet you're thinking you don't need another. But you may think differently once you learn about the Aquasana stainless-steel insulated water bottle. This water bottle includes a removable filter that purifies tap water in seconds. The insulated bottle also keeps your water cold up to 24 hours without having to refrigerate it. Take your new Aquasana water bottle to yoga class, to work, and when you're out running errands to stay hydrated with cold, refreshing water. ($40; aquasana.com)


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Hit the Ground Yogi-ing

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If you're planning on habituating yoga to become more advanced as you progress, then investing in a pair of yoga shoes could be beneficial to you. These Nike Studio Wrap 4 shoes give your feet the support they need during your workout. A lightweight design and breathable mesh offer a barefoot feel while protecting your feet from the studio floor. The Nike studio shoes also provide enough traction to help prevent slipping when you're holding a pose during your yoga class. Want another challenge? Enroll in barre, Pilates, or dance classes and get more use out of your Studio Wrap 4 shoes. ($55; nike.com)


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