5 Ways to Show Your Sweetheart Love this Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2016

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast! How do you show your love? Well, if you need any help in the area, we’ve listed some of our favorite ways to celebrate the day of love below:

1. Try a new activity together

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This is an awesome thing to do any time of the year – not just on Valentine’s Day! Try out a new activity neither of you have done together, or do something that one of you normally does alone. Does your partner usually go out solo for a morning SUP yoga session? Then try doing it together – you might be surprised how it opens up a new aspect of your partner’s life and brings you both closer together!

2. Give a thoughtful gift

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A thoughtful gift can be many things, from a new yoga mat to replace the old, worn out one they’ve been talking about for ages, or a classic Valentine’s Day bouquet of flowers! The key is to give a gift with intention – think back over things they’ve mentioned wanting, and take time to think about what they would truly enjoy. If they’re an avid yogi, a bolster is a great prop to step up their personal collection. Or, if your sweetheart enjoys meditating, try out one of our beautiful Zafu meditation cushions or silk eye pillows!

3. Do something kind

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There’s nothing so subtle, yet lovely, as doing something thoughtful for your partner. Surprise them with something simple and helpful, like doing the laundry, or ask if they want to come with you for a spontaneous yoga practice out in nature (depending on the weather, of course!). Whatever the action, it’s a sure way to show your partner how much you care.

4. Remember that it’s good to be unique

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It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of Valentine’s Day, but remember that it’s important (and awesome) to stay true to the way you and your partner celebrate each other. Whether it’s meditating together, going on a hike, or simply staying in with some yummy food, do what feels good for you both!

5. Say what you appreciate and love about the other

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This is another thing that’s wonderful to do no matter the time of year. Vocalizing the things you love, appreciate, and value about your significant other is a powerful and loving thing to do. An unexpected side effect is the surprise you may feel by finding out new things that you didn’t even realize your partner appreciated about you, and vice versa.

Come visit us today at BarefootYoga.com for all your Valentine’s Day gift needs at amazing prices!


Letting Go Of 2015

January 11, 2016

New Years Resolution

Why not celebrate this New Year by trading in your tired (and probably familiar) resolutions for a Sankalpa instead? A Sanskrit word Sankalpa is a resolve, to make a sankalpa is to set an intention – it’s like a New Year’s resolution with a yogic twist. The idea of repeating a Sankalpa is to create the life we are meant to embrace and enjoy. I wanted to share my own insights and tips to help keep your new Sankalpa going throughout the New Year.

Look Inward & Meditate More:

Mediation calms me on bad days and even more so on good days, it brings the best out of me, makes me wiser, sharpens me mind, it helps me grow and build compassion for myself, others and the world, it energizes me to face the everyday challenges of life which I know can get hard sometimes. Look inward and meditate for yourself and see what can happen for you! The magic of going deep in meditation, being one with yourself, exploring yourself, knowing yourself, can be pure bliss, try it for yourself! Find a quiet place, relax into a still comfortable position, put on some mediating music if you prefer and just listen, feel and breathe…

Breathe Deeper:

Just one breath at a time… Practice energetically clearing out unwanted negative energy as you exhale and visualize inhaling clean positive energy. Let your mind be clear and focused, your body still and relaxed, your heart open. Breathing in this conscious way will have an immediate and noticeable effect on your attitude and ease your capability to let go of tensions that arises.

Change Your Perspective & Use Affirmations:

Create a short sentence or phrase for your Sankalpa. Be careful not to set limitations based on fear. For example, “I want only fulfillment and pleasure this year,” consider “I am happy and open to whatever life may offer me.” Changing your mindset is said to be the greatest of all Sankalpas.

Be Loving & Fair:

Change doesn’t happen overnight, so be gentle and remind yourself of your intentions, don’t criticize or berate yourself. But remember if there are things you want to let go of from 2015 or habits you want to shake; remember that you need to be steadfast in your intentions for the New Year. Ensure that your Sankalpa becomes as much a part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth. Use it as a mantra during your yoga practice and in meditation, post a reminder of it on your computer or phone screen, and repeat it to yourself quietly before going to sleep.

A New Year is calling us to clear and cleanse for fresh beginnings. This is a great time to ask yourself: What can I leave behind to blossom in 2016?


Best products for a better yoga practice

December 21, 2015

It all begins the moment we roll out the mat, but hold the pose—not every practice leaves you feeling blissful and ready to take on the world. So what makes one practice feel like a path to enlightenment, and another a struggle to get through? Maybe it isn’t so much about the teacher, the studio or you, but about the products we can use to get the most out of a yoga session. Here are some great items to keep the yoga in the Yogi and Yogini.

  • Yoga Mat – It really does all begin the moment you roll out your mat finding the right mat for me was what set me up for the best practices I can think of. The Original Eco Yoga Mat is simply one of the best and most earth-conscious yoga mats available today, it even feels like you are walking barefoot on earth. There are no chemical additives used and its rubber underside grips the floor while the jute offers superb traction even in a heavy sweat. It is a highly durable, tactile, and provides a pleasant surface to practice on.

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  • Yoga Towels – Sometimes yoga practice can get a little sweaty and slippery, the Skidless Yoga Towel is designed specifically for yoga practice to prevent slipping and is especially nice and compact for travel. When the room heats up and your Vinyasa is in full flow, lay this towel from over your mat to keep yourself from slipping.

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  • Yoga Socks – And other times when a towel is just not enough or you cant seem to find a yoga towel around, these functional and durable slip-free yoga socks will keep your feet covered and comfortable, they are quite travel friendly as well since you are able to just throw them on quickly. The silicone dots on the sole stabilize and grip your yoga mat, floor or any surface during your practice! They’re perfect for yoga, Pilates and Barre.

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  • Yoga Clothing – My best yoga experience also started when I changed my regular sports bra, t-shirt and leggings to nicely fitted and breathable yoga inspired clothing. Feel comfortable and current in the latest collection by OMgirl their soft, breathable blend of organic cotton and lycra make these one of best yoga clothing out there! – A must-have for the avid yogi.

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  • Yoga Blocks – When you need that extra support for a deeper and stronger practice think about using Yoga Blocks, yoga blocks provide the stability needed for optimal alignment, deeper poses and increased strength. These eco-friendly foam blocks add stability and length to your postures. Lightweight, durable and easy to grip the eco-friendly foam yoga block is also made from the highest quality, non-toxic material with no chemical odor.

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