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5 Yoga Tips for Beginners

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Get the right gear

Yoga pants don't have to look like you just stepped off the mat.
Yoga pants don't have to look like you just stepped off the mat.
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You don't have to buy a ton of expensive designer yoga apparel or a room full of props to practice at home, says Burkhart -- but it does help to have one or two outfits that work well in a yoga class. That means tops and bottoms that are comfortable and allow you to move freely, but aren't too baggy; you may be doing inversions (postures that require you to flip upside down) or open-legged poses, and loose clothing can sometimes reveal more than you planned. Form-fitting clothes also allow your instructor to see your form and alignment, and can adjust you if needed. Buy your own mat, too, says Burkhart (you can find them online ranging from $20 to $80), so you can practice at home in between classes.


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