International Day of Yoga: 11 expert-approved products to have on your radar

Maisie Bovingdon
Shopping writer
International Day of Yoga falls on 21 June, and we have rounded up the must haves recommended by experts. (Getty Images)

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Yoga is a popular sport people of all levels turn to to stretch out their muscles, build their core strength and enhance their flexibility.

While some may be more experienced yogis, others may be a beginner and feel overwhelmed when they step in the studio and hear the words “child’s pose” or “vinyasa flow” for the first time - you’re not alone.

No matter what level you are there are some essential sports buys that will help you throughout the session, whether it is hot yoga, bikram yoga or prenatal yoga.

With International Day of Yoga fast approaching (21 June), we have reached out to expert yogis to find the essential products they recommend to suit everyone’s abilities and needs.

While most people swear by non-slip mats and socks to help you keep your feet planted mid flow, others believe supportive athleisurewear is the ultimate must have.

However, others found yoga blocks, which assist you with your stretching, and post workout props, such as a foam roller or soothing balm that relax your muscles after a workout, are essential.

We have compiled a selection of clothes, accessories and equipment to make your next yoga session that bit easier - and won’t break the bank.

Shop the recommended yoga products

The Reversible Mat 3mm | £48 from Lululemon

The Reversible Mat 3mm

Lululemon’s reversible matt has been hailed a must-have by yoga fans, as it boasts a rubber base which is “super cushiony on the knees", but also stays in one place throughout the session. It also features antimicrobial additive, which prevents any mould from growing on the mat.

Pilates Socks | £12 from Sweaty Betty

Pilates Socks

A pair of non-slip socks are a god sent when practicing yoga, as it prevents your feet from moving when holding a position. One expert shared: “I use the non-slip Sweaty Betty socks for yoga, they are ideal when you're in a gym studio and using a mat that a million other people have used before you.”

Power 7/8 Workout Leggings | £75 from Sweaty Betty

Power 7/8 Workout Leggings

Sweaty Betty’s Power 7/8 Leggings are one of their bestselling items, as they are made from stretchy sweat-wicking fabric that is super flattering and supportive, but also provide optimum coverage. One shared: “I recommend all the Sweaty Betty leggings, especially the 7/8 style, which I wear for yoga and running.”

PhysioWorld Foam Roller | £10.99 from Amazon

PhysioWorld Foam Roller

A foam roller will help to release any tension in the body before or after a workout, but is best used when the muscles are warm to provide any stiffness post yoga.

Stamina Sports Bra | £30 from Sweaty Betty

Stamina Sports Bra

Sweaty Betty is one of the go-to stores for supportive sports clothes, in particular the Stamina Sports Bra as it is “great for in the house but can also be worn under a T-shirt if I’m going for a run”, said one shopper.

Beyond Yoga High Waisted Biker Short | £69 GBP from Revolve

Beyond Yoga High Waisted Biker Short 

Beyond Yoga is another sports brand yogis flock to to buy garments for their next yoga session. The brand’s High Waisted Biker Short is one of their bestselling products, as they have a supportive waistband and stretch for extra comfort.

Lotuscrafts Yoga Block Cork Supra Grip | £13.95 from Amazon

Lotuscrafts Yoga Block Cork Supra Grip

Yoga Blocks are a popular piece of yoga equipment as they can help support your body, keep it aligned and to provide extra comfort when practicing the poses.

Women's Half-Zip Running Top | £47.95 from Nike

Women's Half-Zip Running Top

The Nike Half-Zip Running Top is just the ticket for those who want to stay warm when working out. This comfortable cover up is ideal for “throwing on at any time, especially after a yoga session so I don’t feel too cold after the workout.”

Halo Headbands Halo V | £16.59 from Amazon

Halo Headbands Halo V

One yogi recommended a velcro headband to not only keep the sweat from your eyes but also any hair from your face. They said: “A good headband is a must. The velcro ones work really well, as they’re easy to put back on and less likely to slip off.”

CBD Muscle and Joint Balm | £39.99 from Pure Sport

CBD Muscle and Joint Balm

The CBD Muscle & Joint Balm is a combination of CBD Oil and soothing essential oils, such as lavender and peppermint, which when applied on aching joints and tight muscles “massively aids with pain relief and helps relaxation”, says one expert.

Hi-definition Leggings | £80 from Contur

Hi-definition Leggings

Contur’s High Definition Leggings tick all the boxes. The design is “super flattering and very innovative”, says one shopper. The leggings are made from a supportive body-sculpting fabric that provides a four-way stretch, and are chlorine as well as sun cream and oil resistant, plus they have UV sun protection.