With yoga’s obvious influence in the Sacramento area, you’ve decided to finally find out what this yoga stuff is all about. Everyone raves about the benefits of taking classes and learning yoga. But where do you get the gear? What do you need? Check out the places below to find out, and to get the right help for what you need.
The Yoga Solution
5290 Elvas Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 383-7933
www.theyogasolution.net

Of the items you need the most, yoga mats come in near the top of the list. It’s best to have your own. The Yoga Solution, in addition to offering a full schedule of classes for everyone, has a comprehensive selection of mats, including ultra mats. Yoga belts will also come in handy for many of the poses and stretches. 10-foot and 8-foot belts are available, along with foam wedges, cotton and wool yoga blankets. A definite plus here is that the staff are yoga practitioners and they know from experience what will work for you.

Solfire Yoga
2613 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 330-1825
www.solfirejstreet.com

Solfire is a relatively new yoga studio in town, just across from Marshall Park. Classes for men, women and children are offered. Their yoga clothing selection currently include men’s cotton tees, women’s racer backs and tees, along with a small selection of mats. Expect the yoga gear selection to grow as this new business expands. While you’re in the area, treat yourself to free yoga classes across the street in Marshall Park every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Bikram Yoga Sacramento
6350 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 456-9642
www.sacramentobikramyoga.com

The focus here is yoga, taught by trained and dedicated instructors. The boutique part of the studio is small. What you’ll find here, though, is exactly what you’ll need during the Bikram sessions. Fashionable yoga pants that move with you are a must, and fabric that breathes comes in handy, as this is a discipline that will bring out the sweat. Tops, leggings, and cross-backs are also in the selection. You just have to choose what works best for you.

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Leap Yoga
1725 Iron Point Road
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 608-5327
www.leapyoga

Leap Yoga offers what they call eco-conscious yoga gear in their studio. Manduka Mats are in that category. Yogitoes mat towels will help keep your mat, and yourself, dry while in class. Karma Wear Apparel is a leading brand in yoga clothing, along with OmGirl, all of which are offered at Leap. The teachers will guide you in choosing the right fit in clothing and gear for the classes you can take at Leap. They know what they’re talking about, and you’ll learn along in gear that will make those poses much more attainable.

Aha Yoga
9045 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite E
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 966-9642
www.ahayogafairoaks.com

Aha Yoga, like most of the studios in the Sacramento area, carries an assortment of yoga clothing. While yoga at home may be practiced in your jammies, going to class requires a bit of different get-up. Aha has a strong assortment of yoga clothes, including gear from I Love Yoga, and Teeki. I Love Yoga carries clothing for men and women while Teeki is a source for women, and they produce very colorful and interesting yoga clothing. It’s all here at the Aha studio.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.