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The Must List: What Every Yogi Needs for the Warm Weather

The change in weather calls for a new pair of sunglasses and next-level hydration.

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1. Weeter Sunnies, Smith Lowdown Focus

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Sensors embedded in the nose pads and temples of these shades measure your brain waves. Data is sent to an app that helps you track when your mind achieves a state of calm, ultimately helping you to drop in faster over time. ($349, smithoptics.com)

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2. High-tech hydration, Hidrate Spark 2.0

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Need a reminder to stay replenished? This bottle tracks your water intake and glows when you need more. It also syncs with fitness trackers, helping remind you to drink when you’re on the move. ($55, hidratespark.com)

See also 4 Tips for Getting (and Staying) Hydrated Before and After Yoga Class

3. Assist Thyself, Cotton Infinity Strap

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Say goodbye to metal buckles that come undone and dig at your skin. This yoga belt, designed in the shape of an infinity symbol, can be used in place of a regular strap when practicing most poses. ($21, infinitystrap.com)

See also 10 Creative Ways to Use Props in Your Practice

4. Backless Beauty, Yogi Chair

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The traditional Iyengar Yoga chair gets an upgrade with a cushioned seat, nonslip handle, and sleek new look thanks to vinyasa yoga teacher, Allison Matt. ($70, yogichair.com).

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5. Seated-Pose Support, Earth to Ethers Lotus Wrap

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Secure this machine-washable linen wrap around your legs during seated meditation or restorative poses for gentle hugging pressure that’ll keep you comfortable. ($47 USD, $60 CAD earthtoethers.com).

See also How to Use Yoga Props Effectively

6. Multi-Purpose Prop, Clever Yoga Balance Pad

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Standing on this rubber pad challenges your core during balance poses; slide it under your knees for extra support or place it in front of you during arm balances to cushion any tumbles. ($34, cleveryoga.com)

See also Restorative Yoga 101: How to Add Props to Child’s Pose

7. Soothing Tunes, Solu N.O.W. Tone Therapy System

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These speakers play pure sine-wave tones (similar to meditation bells) with sequences that vary—so your brain won’t predict, or attach to, the music as you meditate. ($149, nowbysolu.com).

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