Certain objects and accessories can be beneficial for yoga practices while others can become a hindrance. Read below to find out which accessories can help you during your daily yoga practice and which should be avoided.

1. Yoga Mat

What is the best type of yoga mat to choose? Sadhguru discusses rubber vs. cotton yoga mats and the significance of being in touch with the earth during yoga practices.

Read more on the best yoga mat to use.

2. Rudraksha

A rudraksha is the seed of the Eliocarpus ganitrus tree and plays an important role in a spiritual seeker’s life. Sadhguru looks at the various types of these beads and their benefits, including the panchmukhi and ek mukhi.

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3. Copper Ring

 

Did you know that wearing a copper ring on your ring finger is supportive for yoga practice? Find out more about it.

4. Vibhuti

Vibhuti

It is common practice for yoga practitioners to wear or apply vibhuti. Sadhguru explains the significance behind this: “There are many aspects to the usage of vibhuti or sacred ash. First of all, it is a great medium to transfer or transmit energy, and it has an ability to help direct and control the energy body. Apart from that, there is a symbolic significance to applying it on the body.”

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Why you should remove metallic objects from your body before yoga

Sadhguru: Before starting your sadhana, you should remove any objects from your body, especially metal ones. If you take an image of electromagnetic waves, even a small object will create a certain circulation around itself. If you put any object on your body, it will tend to disturb the free movement of energy. Except for a few parts of the body that are dormant, like the earlobes, any kind of metal should be removed – even nose studs. Only your rudraksha and the copper ring, you can keep on.

For women, if you are using any kind of metallic clips on your spine, that should go. Plastic is better than metal in terms of energy. For the practices, you must remove your spectacles too. Many people have gotten rid of their glasses through the practice of proper yoga. For your vision to correct itself, you need to avoid wearing glasses or contact lenses for some time. If you can manage without glasses or contact lenses, try to do so. In case you get headaches, spend more time with eyes closed. If you are using contact lenses, do at least your morning sadhana without them. That way, mild vision problems may improve over a period of time.