Getting the right equipment for the yoga class can not only elevate your experience but also help you do the harder work easier. In this article, I will explain what equipment do you need for peloton yoga?
In general, for peloton yoga classes you will need a yoga mat, pair of yoga blocks, yoga bolster, and a yoga strap. You can also consider getting an eye pillow to help you relax and liquid chalk to hold the grip if your mat is slippery.
In other words, if you practice yoga at home, I think is important that over time you try to gather the yoga gear because it makes a huge difference in your progress.
Do You Need Equipment For Peloton Yoga Classes?
Generally speaking, you don’t need the equipment for the peloton yoga classes, apart from the mat. However, using yoga blocks, straps or blankets can transform your practice because it gives you extra support and helps you do the poses that you would normally struggle with.
I’ve started using yoga gear ever since I’ve done my 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. Before that, it was only me and the mat. The lousy teacher that I’ve attended for the class never introduced us to yoga equipment.
Adding yoga gear to your class, especially if you’re doing it at home without any supervision, not only helps you get results faster but also makes the whole practice easier.
If you want to know more about the best peloton yoga class and how you can use yoga to enhance your strength and recovery, check out my article “peloton yoga” here.
Peloton Yoga Mat
In general, the most essential equipment to practice peloton yoga is the mat. Peloton essential package comes with a workout mat, which can be used as a yoga mat. However, if you decide to keep the mat under your bike, then it’s better to get a separate yoga mat.
What is the difference between a peloton yoga mat and an exercise mat? A peloton mat is a workout mat that comes with the bike. It can be used as your workout mat or it can be placed under the bike. A yoga mat is a mat that has a special grippy material that doesn’t slip and slide when you’re practicing.
In general, you can use a peloton workout mat as a yoga mat because it has a textured surface that holds the grip. However, there are much better mats available that’s been designed to maintain the grip, even during a sweaty workout.
TIP: For better grip on the yoga mat you can use liquid chalk. Liquid chalk reduces the sweatiness in your hands and improves the friction between the hands and the yoga mat surface.
Is The Peloton Mat Worth It?
In general, a peloton mat is worth it if you planning to place it under the bike. However, if you’re planning to use it for yoga classes, it is better to get a professional yoga mat that is thicker, will last longer, and have a much better grip.
Is it better to have a thick yoga mat? It is generally better to have a thick yoga mat because they provide you better support and extra cushioning. Some peloton yoga classes, like restorative yoga, require to hold the position for longer, which is much more comfortable on a thick mat.
I use a yoga mat I bought in a sports shop in Hat Yai in Thailand. It’s not fancy or mega expensive. But it’s thick. it weighs 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs) and is 7mm thick.
I like to use a thick mat because it doesn’t put so much pressure on my knees. Some of the yoga poses require bending and kneeling. With a thick yoga mat, I have no problems.
TIP: A brand new yoga mat will often be covered with wax that can make your hands slippery. However, after a couple of weeks of practice and cleaning, the wax will wear out and you should be getting a better grip.
Is the peloton mat thick or thin? In general, the peloton reversible workout mat is around 4mm thick. It is good to be used for general workouts. However, for yoga classes, I would recommend getting a mat that is around 8-10 mm thick.
How thick should a yoga mat be? On average, a good yoga mat should have 1/4 inch thickness. The thicker is the mat, the more comfort you have, especially in the floor poses. On the other hand, mats that are too thin will put more pressure and make the poses less comfortable.
How To Clean Peloton Yoga Mat
In general, to clean a peloton yoga mat all you need is cleaning wipes like Lysol or Clorox. You can also use soapy warm water with a regular table cloth to wash it. A good yoga mat should not absorb any moisture and should dry within hours.
Can you put a peloton yoga mat in the washing machine? In general, peloton yoga mats cannot be washed in the washing machine. Travel yoga mats can be washed in the washing machine on the clod wash cycle. The large and thick mats should be washed by hand.
How often should I clean my peloton yoga mat? I recommend cleaning your peloton yoga mat at least once a week or every two weeks, depending on how much you sweat and how often you practice. Regular cleaning helps to maintain a good grip because you wash away all the dirt.
Also, if you sweat a lot and you don’t clean your mat properly it will start to corrosive your mat. Sweat is a liquid that is made of water and sodium. Too much sodium on the surface has a corrosive effect and over time can destroy your mat.
Human sweat is corrosive, even on metals (Jensen 1979). This means regular cleaning of your mat will extend its lifespan. Plus, another thing is the smell. If you sweat a lot this will leave a bad smell on your yoga mat.
How do I get rid of the smell in my peloton yoga mat? To get rid of the smell from the peloton yoga mat you need to wash it regularly. People who practice daily yoga, or who sweat a lot should clean their mat after each workout to avoid a bad smell.
Peloton Yoga Blocks
Most of the peloton yoga classes require the use of blocks. It is because yoga blocks allow you to do the poses more efficiently and provide essential support.
Adding yoga blocks to your peloton yoga workouts will make a huge difference because it helps you do the hard work easier. They are made of foam, they’re lightweight, and don’t slide.
The only downside of foam yoga blocks is they don’t provide a lot of support if you’re planning to do inversion poses. For example, I weigh 185lbs, and I don’t feel confident to use my blocks for the poses like L-sit or handstand.
Also, as you can see on the picture, after few years of using the foamy yoga block, it can start to falling apart. This wouldn’t happen with the cork or wooden block.
On the other hand. using the wood or cork yoga blocks will give you better support, but they are also sliding more than foamy ones. They also weigh much more and are hard to travel with.
I must admit that I’ve been doing yoga for years, but I’ve never used yoga blocks. I always thought they are just fancy equipment that is not necessary for me.
Do You Need Blocks For Peloton Yoga?
As a whole, you do need blocks for peloton yoga because most of the classes available in the peloton digital ask for yoga blocks. Yoga poses require some level of either strength or flexibility and yoga blocks allow you to modify the postures to fit your flexibility level.
There are several benefits to using yoga blocks.
- Help to bring the ground up to you
- Help to work on more advance poses
- Help to enagage stability muscles
They also help you to develop proper movement patterns and prevent injury. If you’re not flexible enough to do a yoga pose, and you somehow work around it, you may be creating some movement compensation, without even knowing it.
Can You Do Peloton Yoga Without Blocks?
In general, you can do peloton yoga without blocks, as long as can do classes that don’t require the blocks. Some peloton yoga classes, which don’t require yoga blocks, are easier and call for simple poses that can be done without any additional equipment.
In the peloton yoga session where you learn just the single poses, you may get away without the blocks. However, for the flow or power classes that come with constant movement from one pose to another, it is much safer to use the blocks.
What can I use instead of yoga blocks? In general, there are several things you can use instead of yoga blocks. Some of the most available objects include a yoga bolster, small stool, chair, upturned bucket, wall, folded thick blanket, or even a stack of books.
Are peloton yoga blocks worth it?
In general, the peloton yoga blocks aren’t with it because they cost twice as much you would pay for the same yoga blocks you can find on amazon. Peloton yoga clocks cost $30 a pair and for the similar Gaiam yoga blocks pair, you pay less than $15.
However, if money is not an issue and you just want to get all of the equipment in one go without shopping for it, go ahead for the peloton because they are exactly the same high quality as the regular yoga blocks.
Peloton Yoga Strap
Peloton yoga strap will help you to stretch out your hamstrings, open your hips and the shoulders. In my opinion, having a strap allows for much deeper access to those hidden corners that you wouldn’t normally get.
Majority of the peloton yoga classes doesn’t actually require yoga strap. So this type of equipment isn’t as necessary as the yoga block. However, it is helpful to have it handy, especially if you’re just getting started with yoga.
I use my yoga strap for every workout. It helps with balancing poses as well as to open the hips in all directions.
Peloton Yoga Bolster
I look at yoga bolster as a bigger yoga block. It is great accessory for people who are not flexible in their hips or hamstrings. It helps you to get into the poses like seated lotus or pigeon pose. It is also perfect support for relaxing yin poses during restorative yoga.
Peloton yoga bolster is mostly used for the restorative yoga classes. This type of classes are more about relaxation than about flexibility.
I always recommend restorative yoga for people who are already doing tons of physical activity, because this helps you to speed up the recovery and reduce muscle soreness.
Yoga Eye Pillow
Yoga eye pillow isn’t used in the peloton classes but its something worth considering to get. If you like restorative yoga where you lay down and relax, having a comfy eye pillow can really improve the whole experience.
How does the yoga eye pillow work? At the end of the class, you place the eye pillow on your eyes. The gentle weight provides soothing pressure on the eyes and face, and helps to relax your eyes and face muscles in the most comfortable way. It also helps to block off the light to help you relax more.
These days there are several different kinds of yoga eye pillows packed with aromatherapy oils where on top the light pressure you also have an relaxing scent.
Peloton Yoga Blanket
Yoga blanket is often used in the restorative class or after the hard power yoga. It helps you to get more comfortable at the end of the class and really melts away and relax.
If you don’t have the exact peloton yoga blanket you can use any comfy blanket of your choice. I rarely use blanket for the yoga because I don’t spend too much time in the savasana pose. I should do it mre often though.
I’ve been using yoga gear ever since I’ve started to teach yoga. Generally speaking, using the yoga accessories for the peloton class isn’t somehow essential.
This means you can get by simply by just rolling out the mat and do the class. However, adding extra pieces of gear will make the whole class much more effective, relaxing and worthwhile.