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The best yoga gear of 2021

The Avocado Meditation Cushion ($ 79)

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A comfortable, supportive seat can mean the difference between ten minutes of fidgeting and an hour of deep breathing. Avocado’s pillow is filled with buckwheat husks for a beanbag-like firmness that won’t numb your bum. Bonus: The tweedy cover made of organic cotton repels floor lint.

Garmin Venu Sq Smartwatch ($ 200)

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The Venu Sq works with you on the mat. The Ayoga-specific interval timer will help you hold poses longer while guided breathing, heart rate tracking, and activity logging encourage you to stick to your practice. And unlike traditional circular faces, the slender square profile on boards and down dogs won’t dig into your wrist.

Athleta Elation 7/8 Tights and Warrior Longline Bra ($ 89 and $ 54)

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Your leggings and bra should stay comfortable from morning sun salutations to power yoga at lunchtime to meditation before bed. This set provides the support you need without digging into your skin, and the nylon-lycra blend is silky and non-suffocating.

Pantyhose bra

Prana Epiquator Tank ($ 49)

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Reach for this dreamy high neck tank for some extra coverage on top. The extra-soft Tencel jersey feels cozy when you warm up and breathes when you sweat. Knot the dovetail back hem at the waist or let it flow loosely.

Bennd Yoga Chakra Ayurvedic Mat ($ 180)

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Bennd’s wonderful sweat-absorbing Ayurveda mat made of woven cotton is beautifully colored with herbs such as madder root, indigo and turmeric. Burrs at the ends provide support for wheels and warriors. Place it over a foam or rubber mat for extra cushion.

Patagonia Capilene Cool Merino Shirt ($ 59)

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Patagonia’s Capilene Cool T-shirt has long been our hot exercise favorite, and the new feather-light iteration of the brand’s merino blend just got better. Like the original, it wicks away sweat effortlessly, but thanks to the wool and recycled polyester fabric, you can finish your practice without smelling of the studio.

Manduka Agility Shorts ($ 68)

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Baggy shorts sag on inversions, but too slim a fit can make lunges uncomfortable. Manduka’s 4-way stretch agility provides a precise feel with a 9-inch stride length and a 22-inch leg opening. The flat waistband with a drawstring makes it look polished enough to run errands.

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