10 Buys Every Curvy Yogi Needs

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Anyone can do yoga. Especially you. Whatever your size, whether you’re beginning with Hatha or acing Ashtanga classes, the benefits for body and mind are endless. Yoga not only improves your strength and flexibility, it also calms your nervous system and clears your head: And who doesn’t want more of that magic in their lives?

And the good news is that with the right kit, anyone can bring out their inner yoga bunny. So, adopt the Lotus Position and take a look at our list of must-haves. Namaste!
 
 

1. Which Mat Is Right for You?



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First things first: You need a yoga mat, especially if you prefer to practice at home. You can pick up a bargain for as little as a fiver, but it’s worth searching for an extra-thick mat as the added cushioning makes lying flat on the floor feel a whole lot more luxurious.

If you’re doing hot yoga, search for a sticky mat – that extra grip is invaluable. Oh, and having a non-slip yoga towel that's exactly the same size as your mat makes holding the 'dancer pose' in an athletic puddle of perspiration a whole lot easier. 
 

2. Top It Off



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Sure, you could throw on an old tee, but 10 minutes into class you’ll appreciate a form-fitting top that doesn’t hang in your face. And a purpose-made yoga top will be a lot more flattering, too. They tend to be longer in length, and designed to avoid exposing a builder’s bum or a glimpse of stomach when you bend forward.

Choose fast-drying fabrics like bamboo that naturally wick away sweat so you don’t have to even think about perspiration patches or 'oh-jeez-is-that-me' odours. 
 
 
 

3. Hurrah for a New Bra



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Seeing as yoga involves bends, twists, tucks, jumps and even going head over heels – you’ll be amazed what contortions you find yourself popping in to – a bra with good support is essential, especially if you have a larger chest.

Though the whole yoga philosophy is free and easy, you probably don’t want your girls to actually break free. Fortunately, sports bras have come a long way in terms of style, and are available in a full range of cup sizes and varying levels of support.
 
 

4. Knickers To That



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'My designer lingerie is a little uncomfortable' is the very definition of a #firstworldproblem. But when you’re halfway through a yoga class, that problem is all too real. If your underwear isn’t comfortable, you aren’t comfortable. The answer? Soft, stretchy, seamless sports underwear in breathable fabrics. Your butt will thank you for it. 
 
 

5. Leggings: How Bright Do You Dare?



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Trusty old black leggings seem curiously retro in this brave new world of print and blazing colour. Whether you plump for animal print, geometric shapes, psychedelic patterns, tie dye or block colour, sports leggings are on offer in every hue of the rainbow. And brands have finally realised not everyone who does sport is 'small', with many offering sizes XL and above.

When you consider cut, don't be scared to go for form-fitting – baggy tracksuit trousers have a tendency to flap around your ankles with every leg lift, and are best avoided. Yoga tights, close-fitting capris and short harem pants with a stay-put cuff under your knee are better options.
 
 
 
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6. Yes, You Can Wear Shorts



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If you’re a fan of Bikram, glow yoga, or any class where the heat is cranked up to rivers-of-sweat levels, shorts are the way to go. Not only are they more comfortable, they're surprisingly flattering – and you'll attract a lot more stares if you turn up to a 100-degree studio in your trackie bottoms.

Fortunately, yoga shorts are so close-fitting they’re basically hot pants, which mean you don’t have to risk giving your classmates a glimpse of your rising sun. Again, take your pick from a riot of colours and finishes – this could be the moment for gold hot pants to shine! 

7. Layer Up



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A sports jacket is handy to throw on during the cool down period, and thanks to the athleisure trend, the latest offerings are more than cool enough to wear on the street after class.

Fabrics which wick away sweat – look for Dri-Fast – are your best bet as when you’re outside, perspiration rapidly cools down. Catching a chill on the way home kinda undoes the wellbeing boost of yoga, right?

8. Block On



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Yoga Blocks are great for modifying intense poses like bridge and revolved triangle and they are a must for beginners, helping you avoid injury and getting into poses you may never otherwise reach.

You can use them as an extension of your hands, and also to support your head, back and hips. Foam and cork blocks are best as they are lightweight, easy to grip with sweaty hands (we’ve all been there) and are less likely to slip.

Popularised by the late, great yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, he recommends the ideal size is 9 x 4.5 x 3 inches. While you could manage with one block, having two opens you up for a wider range of poses, and it makes all the difference if they’re exactly the same size.  

9. Stretch Yourself



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Can’t touch your toes? Don’t worry: Yoga straps are helpful for giving you an extra stretch. Typically they're long belts of strong, woven cotton that mean you can adapt the pose to suit you. That means better alignment, improved posture and extra support where your body needs it most.

Straps are great for beginners as well as those who’ve been practicing for years and want to take their yoga to the next level. 

10. Yoga Shoes? It’s a Do



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Traditionally, yoga is practiced barefoot. Then Nike introduced us to ultra-light yoga shoes, and the days of feet sliding on a sweaty mat were history. When you consider that sweat isn’t 100% your own, yoga shoes become a necessity. 
 

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