The Best Yoga Gear of 2021
Cultivate calm with these home-studio essentials
Looking for the best yoga gear for 2021? Here are some of our favorites. Whether you are an experienced yogi or jumping into yoga for beginners, our top gear picks will help you on your path to balance.
The Avocado Meditation Pillow ($79)
A comfy, supportive seat can be the difference between fidgeting for ten minutes and getting deep into your breathing for an hour. Avocado’s pillow is stuffed with buckwheat hulls for a beanbag-like firmness that won’t make your butt go numb. Bonus: the tweedy organic-cotton cover repels floor fuzz.
Garmin Venu Sq Smartwatch ($200)
The Venu Sq works with you on the mat. Ayoga-specific interval timer helps you hold poses longer, while guided breathing, heart-rate tracking, and activity logging encourage you to stick with your practice. And unlike traditional circular faces, its sleek square profile doesn’t dig into your wrist during planks and down dogs.
Athleta Elation 7/8 Tights and Warrior Longline Bra ($89 and $54)
Your leggings and bra should stay comfy from morning sun salutations to lunchtime power yoga to bedtime meditation. This set provides the support you need without digging into your skin, and the nylon-Lycra blend is silky, not stifling.
Prana Epiquator Tank ($49)
For a little more coverage up top, reach for this dreamy high-neck tank. Its extra-soft Tencel jersey feels cozy during warm-up and breathes when you sweat. Knot the dovetail back hem at the waist or leave it flowing loose.
Bennd Yoga Chakra Ayurvedic Mat ($180)
Bennd’s gorgeous sweat-absorbing, woven-cotton Ayurvedic mat is beautifully dyed with herbs like madder root, indigo, and turmeric. Ridges at the ends provide grip during wheels and warriors. Layer it over a foam or rubber mat for extra cush.
Patagonia Capilene Cool Merino Shirt ($59)
Patagonia’s Capilene Cool tee has long been our favorite for hot practices, and the brand’s new featherlight merino-blend iteration is even better. Like the original, it wicks sweat with ease, but the wool and recycled-polyester fabric means you’ll end your practice without smelling like a studio.
Manduka Agility Shorts ($68)
Baggy shorts sag during inversions, but a too-svelte fit can make lunges awkward. Manduka’s four-way-stretch Agility nails the balance, with a nine-inch inseam and 22- inch leg opening that feel just right. The flat drawstring waistband makes it look polished enough to run errands in.