While you can incorporate any standard blanket into your practice, the best yoga blankets are designed to be comfortable, supportive, washable, easy-to-fold, and large enough for your needs. In yoga, blankets are used for three purposes: as a prop to facilitate alignment during asanas, as a cushion to keep you comfortable during meditation, and as a cover to keep you warm during savasana (or corpse pose).
In most yoga studios, you'll likely find what's often referred to as a "Mexican blanket." They're colorful, tassled, made from a blend of materials, and traditionally used for yoga because they're sturdy and washable. That said, you don't necessarily need a Mexican blanket — just make sure that whatever you choose, is made from a material that will support your body without collapsing. Overly plush blankets might feel soft, but they won't function as adequate yoga props when used during your practice.
Finally, check the dimensions of the blanket to ensure that it's big enough for your needs. A blanket should cover your whole body during savasana, but bigger blankets aren't just for tall yogis — they can also be folded in a larger variety of ways to help customize the height and level of support.
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