What Equipment Do I Need For Yoga?
A high-quality Yoga mat is the first thing you need and the most essential of piece of equipment. A crappy cheap mat will only thwart your efforts, so splash out and get a REALLY good mat that will last you for years and years.
The one I bought fifteen years ago for around eighty dollars has been used almost every day since then and has not even a dent. Before that, I bought twenty dollar mats and would have to get a new one every year because they'd fall apart from the daily pummelling they received. Not only that, they were never quite sticky enough, so I'd spend a lot of time trying to stop myself from slipping rather than being able to focus on the asana at hand.
I bought my yearly mat for so many years, until I finally realised (duh!) that if I'd spent the eighty dollars to begin with to get the fancy-schmancy expensive Yoga mat, I would have actually saved loads of money.
So an excellent quality mat is the first priority for two reasons. One, because buying cheap means buying twice (or thrice, or more). And, two, without a good quality mat you'll only ever get so far in your Yoga practice because you'll waste a lot of energy trying not to slip instead of being able to work on improving the technique of the postures.
Other equipment that will help you on your Yoga journey are: a strap, a block, an eye pillow, and a cotton blanket. All can be bought from your favourite Yoga store, so do some shopping and begin your adventure into the wonderful world of Yoga!
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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