Inclusive set. 7-piece kit comes with a textured, thick yoga mat, mat towel, 2 yoga blocks to maximize work in certain positions, an 8-foot strap for those hard to reach poses, a hand towel, and a carrying case for it all. Money-back guarantee. Thicker and slightly larger mat is nice for beginners. No PVC, BPA, phlalates, silicone, or latex. Available in blue or green. Good quality towels.
Some people find the mat to be slippery and unstable. Several people only received the mat when ordering the kit.
Comes with a mat, 6-foot strap, and block. Comes with access to 2 workouts from well-known instructor Rodney Yee. While this has fewer bells and whistles than some other kits, Gaiam's quality and reputation are excellent. Lines on the mat help with placement. Block is soft but strong.
Some people report an unpleasant chemical smell on the mat, which takes days to dissipate. Some people find Mr. Yee’s routines to be too advanced for a beginner. Some kits arrive without certain items.
Comes with everything you need to get started, with a thick mat, 2 yoga blocks, a mat towel, hand towel, and strap. Thicker mat provides great cushioning for sensitive knees and wrists, and is great for core work or Pilates if you have a touchy back. Comes in a wide variety of colors. Soft, plush towels.
Mat is designed for one-sided use, and can slide on hardwood floors. Some people find the blocks inadequate or not strong enough.
Comes with mat, a block, mat towel, hand towel, and strap for those hard-to-reach poses. 30-day money-back guarantee. Highly absorbent microfiber towels. Great value. Nice set for beginners.
Mat is PVC, some users report unpleasant smell or off-gassing that lingers for several days after first opening. Some report the mat flakes after just a little usage.
Comes with a non-flaking, TPE mat, yoga instruction DVD, 2 blocks, 2 microfiber towels, a strap, and a black carrying case. Bag has additional storage compartments. Carrying case, which most kits don’t have. Bonus DVD. Better blocks than in some other kits.
Mat seems to be the weak spot of this kit, with complaints about its durability and rolling on the ends. DVD doesn’t work for some people.
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Yoga is an ancient practice, and its popularity continues to grow with each passing year. A gentle way to strengthen and tone the body, encourage relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation, yoga offers a healthy way to exercise for anyone of any age and in just about any location. Starter kits make a great way to begin your yoga practice, and they also make great gifts. You don’t technically need anything but a mat to practice, but added tools like blocks, straps, and microfiber towels can enhance your practice and results. Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.