Intro 2 Yoga: What You Need

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What You Need for Yoga

YOGA – the ancient practice that promises to enhance our well-being, both physically and mentally. We all crave that sense of balance and vitality, don’t we? But what do we need to begin our yoga journey?

The simple answer is NOTHING!

Yes, you read that right. You don’t need any fancy equipment or special attire. You can find practices online right now that you could do on your bed in your cosy PJs, or sat at your desk at work, or on a rug or chair at home.

But wait…

Especially as a beginner, consider stepping into an in-person yoga class guided by an experienced teacher. This is especially recommended if you have any conditions or issues, and be sure to chat to your teacher about anything ailing you before the session.
Even if you’re feeling fabulous, it’s good to arrive early and introduce yourself to the teacher. Let them know it’s your first time practicing yoga.

I know- it might feel intimidating at first. The thought of starting something new in front of strangers can be nerve-wracking. But fear not!

Let’s demystify it together.

Beachside Yoga, Estepona with Nirmala Yoga Spain by Fox No Limits

What to Wear

Wear Something Comfortable that You Can Move In!

CLOTHES – Clothes made of breathable material & that allow unrestricted movement are perfect. Some yogis will feel a lot more comfortable with tighter garments & with more supportive underwear (sports bras for ladies & tighter briefs for guys) but – especially if you’re not doing a dynamic class with fast movements – it’s personal preference, and there are advantages to not wearing tight clothing when practising yoga.

LAYERS – Layers that you can easily put on & take off are a great idea! Even if you’re in a studio, you might experience significant fluctuations in your body temperature during class. You’re going to be more comfortable if you can keep cool & stay warm, as needed.

SHOES – No shoes are needed -indoor or outdoor – as yoga is practiced barefoot!
(If you’re headed to a studio, remember that most ask for shoes to be taken off BEFORE entering the practice space. Ask when you get there or look to see what everyone else does!)

What to Bring

YOGA MAT – Check with the studio/teacher as sometimes mats are available to rent or borrow. Once you’re ready to invest in your own, there are plenty of options. You can start with mats priced at less than €10 if you buy the material by the metre from a discount shop. Alternatively, you can splurge on a high-end mat—some even go up to €100,000!  However, if you can afford it, going for ethically made, sustainable fabrics and/or supporting local businesses is a wonderfully yogic idea.

WATER – Definitely bring a water bottle to class. Staying hydrated is important, always!

TOWEL – Even during gentler yoga classes, you might find yourself breaking a sweat… especially here in Andalusia. And, if you’re borrowing a mat, it’s nicer – for you and the mat – to throw a towel over it!

EMPTY STOMACH – Try not to eat a heavy meal right before class. Yoga is more comfortable on an empty stomach.

OPEN MIND – Approach your first class with curiosity and a willingness to learn. Enjoy the experience! 

Useful Extras

Photo - Yoga Straps. Beachside Yoga, Estepona. Nirmala Yoga Spain by Fox No Limits

YOGA STRAP – Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, a strap allows you to explore a wider range of movements, helps you maintain proper alignment and improves flexibility without compromising safety. Consider adding one to your yoga gear.

YOGA BLOCK – Yoga blocks encourage mindfulness by allowing you to explore variations of poses. They create space for curiosity and self-awareness. When you can’t fully reach the ground, a yoga block becomes an extension, providing support. They provide stability and prevent strain, allowing you to gradually deepen into poses and improve flexibility.

KNEE PADS – Yoga mats alone may not provide enough cushioning for sensitive knees and joints. For beginners and those dealing with knee issues, yoga knee pads offer additional support & prevent discomfort during poses like table top or low lunge. (Alternatively, bring a small towel to do the same job!)

Approach your first class with curiosity and a willingness to learn. Enjoy the experience! 

What to Expect

We’ve all heard how, through Yoga, we can create a strong & supple body and enjoy peace & clarity of mind. However, here are some other absolutely normal experiences – that your might not expect to expect – when you begin a yoga practice…

FAILING’ – You’re probably not going to be able to do everything straight away and that’s ok. Yoga isn’t so much about the poses as what you learn on the way!

QUIET – Mostly yoga classes have very little to no talking during the actual session. This can be strange when we’re used to lots of noise around us in day-to-day life. Embrace this opportunity to focus completely on yourself and see what comes up.

OVERWHELM – When we start out, there’s a lot of new information for the brain and new movements & positions for the body. Don’t worry if you get a little lost and miss some moves. Take your time and join in again, as & when you feel ready.

BOREDOM – Until you get further into your yoga journey, you might feel bored at times. You can see this as an invitation to connect more deeply to the subtler aspects of your practice.

Congratulations, you’re well on your yogi path!


We’re all unique. Don’t worry too much about what anyone else is doing in the class. Be open to learning, to exploring & to being inspired.
Yoga is not just about physical postures and it isn’t about perfection. It’s a potentially lifelong holistic practice that involves mind, emotions & spirit too. You don’t need to be flexible to begin; just breathe, relax, and enjoy the mindful movement. 

Profile photo and text: Much Love, Nette xxx

Find out more about Nette.

Adapted from a piece originally written for & published on the Things 2 Do Marbella website October 2016. Updated March 2024.

Jeannette Amy (Nette) Hopkinson (BSc Hons Sports & Life Sciences) is a Yoga Teacher and Oneness Blessing Giver based in Andalusia. Follow on Instagram & Facebook

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