You don't need any tool in the world to do yoga, which is one of the best things about it. You can do it completely naked, in your bathingsuit on a beach, or in a $400 outfit with all sorts of accoutrements. But even though you don't need anything to do yoga (though most people prefer to use a mat), sometimes it's nice to have a little assistance. 

 

Beyond blocks, mats, bolsters and straps, which are de rigeur at most yoga studios, one of the accessories below might well help you take your practice to the next level. 

 

 

Grippy Toe Sox are easier to carry and clean than your own yoga mat, and mean that you'll be ready to jump into class using whatever mat is available, or even without any mat at all (perfect for hotel gyms on the road). 

Yoga sandbags are the opposite of blocks; instead of leaning on them for support, you use them to gently open legs or shoulders by using them as weights, as shown above

 

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