1. Multi-purpose Mat
A cushioned mat is really the only yoga essential. Nike’s extra-thick 5 mm ‘Ultimate Mat’ takes it to the next level, with a built-in microfibre towel panel on one side and perforated surface on the other. ($60, at Sport Chek)
2. Stretch it out
A webbed canvas strap with a bit of give is handy to loop around feet to help pull yourself deeper into lengthening stretches. (Jogi, $8)
3. Support Blocks
A firm block gives the support and extension needed to properly align and maintain balancing poses, and acts as a raised seat when needed. Choose from lightweight foam (left, Shock Athletic, $8 at Canadian Tire), or a substantial natural cork option (right, Half Moon, $21).
4. Soft landing
A pretty blossom print adorns Gaiam’s ‘Summer Garden’ mat. The cushy, nubbly-textured 3 mm thickness makes this a perfect basic. ($30)
5 & 9. Grippy Gloves & Socks
For sweaty hot-yoga sessions, gloves and socks with sticky non-slip nubs on the palms and soles help to prevent slips. Styles with half-digit coverage still allow fingers and toes to spread wide when needed. (Gloves: Jogi, $10; socks: Toe Sox, $17)
6. Stay Hydrated
Fill this wide-mouthed glass bottle with 600 mL of water to sip between poses. The silicone sleeve is imprinted with Lululemon’s signature motivational mantras. ($28)
7. Towel trick
Layer an absorbent microfibre towel over your mat to stop slipping and sliding. (Winners, $20)
8. Yoga to go
This printed drawstring canvas bag is roomy enough to hold a tank and leggings along with your mat (Half Moon, $29). We’ve tucked inside a thin 3 mm mat by North 44, which rolls up extra tightly for travel ($15, at Walmart).