Ready to give yoga a try? Excellent idea. But before you rush off and invest a lot of money on props and accessories, wait up. There are only two primary pieces of equipment you really need: the yoga mat and the yoga towel. When you are just starting out, you need to invest in only one, the yoga mat. Once you discover how enjoyable and beneficial yoga is, you can add the special yoga towel and other yoga equipment. First Things First: The Yoga Mat While yoga can be performed on the sands of the desert or the beach, it is usually performed in a studio indoors on hard flooring. One of the primary purposes of the yoga mat is to provide protection from the floor. At the same time, It serves as cushioning and support for your body as you move through the various yoga poses. The mat also provides a flexible surface to help facilitate movement and balance. All Yoga Mats Are Not Created Equal You can purchase a new yoga mat through an online retailer for between $15 and $100. You can find some that offer extra thickness for more cushioning and protection, while others are quite thin for greater ease of movement. Some are washable, some are more durable. Getting started, a 1/4- to 1/2-inch mat should provide all the basic protection and comfort you will need. At the time of publication, mats like these are available in almost any color for under $20. Terry Will Do: Just Bring a Towel You can expect to sweat when practicing yoga, and you will need a towel handy to mop up your perspiration and provide a sanitary barrier between you and the mat. This is particularly important when you are using a community mat provided by your gym or exercise class. While yoga towels are specifically sized to fit a yoga mat and are often made of more absorbent microfiber, they are not a necessity. An ordinary terrycloth beach towel is all you need to get the job done. Get the Yoga Mat; the Towel Can Wait Just remember, folks have been practicing yoga for centuries without any equipment at all. Start slowly. Invest your dollars in a yoga class with a trained instructor to make sure you are doing the poses correctly. Concentrate on perfecting your technique, balance, flexibility and breathing. Once you begin enjoying the benefits of a regular yoga practice, you can add equipment, upgrading your yoga mat and implementing a yoga towel. As with any new fitness program, check with your health-care professional to make sure you are healthy enough for exercise. I personally prefer to use a Hot Yoga Towel, but not for yoga - but for showering! Well, drying off in the shower. While it is thin and still odd to use to dry off, it absorbs so much better than my regular towels. Sure, my regular towels feel better, but this dries me off much quicker and with one pat. No drying over the same spot multiple times because this towel absorbs the water instantly the first time! The towel measures roughly 26.5 x 72 inches - perfect size for me! I also love being able to just toss this in the wash after each use to get it cleaned quickly. I`ve used multiple towels by this company and they`re all holding up well and it`s been at least 6 months now at this point since getting my first one. I`m highly impressed and would definitely recommend them! I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.