Yoga Revival – Week 19: Yoga Time Management & the Strap

October 29, 2015


When I began my yoga revival back in June, I committed to a half hour 6 days a week. With the exception of some travel weeks, and extra busy weeks, I’ve stuck to this. I’m now midway through week 19.

My summer asana practices were generally heat inducing sun salutations, with a few standing poses, and a brief sitting meditation. But my daily yoga practice has not evolved into as much time doing asana as I anticipated back in June. Frequently I do not get my practice in before the evening meal, and often wind up sitting for 30 minutes of meditation afterwards – with at least a semi-full belly. This is always challenging, and often rewarding. But I do want more asana. My head maybe tight, but my muscles are tighter.

I realize that the evolution of my yoga practice is as much (or more) about time management than anything else. I find my eating schedule is the biggest challenge, but lately I feel like I’ve overcome this to a large extent, thanks to the practice strap.

When I do a forward bend shortly after eating, I instantly feel discomfort (and indigestion if I continue for long). But if I lie on my back, and lasso my foot with a practice strap, I can get that all-important hamstring stretch without discomfort or indigestion. The strap also facilitates one of the most difficult stretches of all for me – crossed-legged knee to chest pose. My muscles over to the side of my hips (psoas?) are so tight I feel like I need a big hammer and chisel to break through them. Breathing into this stretch  ALWAYS causes me discomfort, but afterwards, when sitting cross legged (“Indian style”) I feel so much MORE comfortable. So this stretch has made its way into the daily practice. My asana practice has evolved after all.

I’m hoping my morning laziness will give way to a morning yoga practice. It’s great to get it under your belt early, and can set the tone for a great day. I think some snow this winter might help. Nothing motivates me to get out of bed like skiing, and yoga before skiing is a necessity for me.

But don’t give up on a good, needed stretch just because your belly is not empty. Grab a strap, and whatever other props you need to get comfortable, and breathe into those tight areas. There is no doubt; a little yoga goes a long way.

5 Best Halloween Costumes for Doing Yoga In

October 27, 2015

It’s that time of year again! A time filled with spooky fun, crunchy leaves, and delicious candy (fun sized only, please).

Below are our five favorite DIY Halloween costumes for you and all the spooky, Halloween-loving yogis in your life!

*Please note that all of the costume ideas below have been carefully curated for the utmost comfort and flexibility in case you need to strike a yoga pose – as we at Barefoot Yoga often do.

1. Skeleton


We love this cute and classic look! Start by throwing on a pair of black leggings and a long-sleeved black top. Then, click here for awesome DIY instructions on how to easily add the bones! This costume can be used time and again for a comfy and cute Halloween look. However, if you’d prefer not to paint on a beloved set of yoga clothes, you can also try this DIY method, which only involves cutting up an old tee instead of painting directly on fabric.

 2. “Downward Facing” Dog


Puns! Who doesn’t love ‘em? Only people who wouldn’t dress up as one, that’s who!

What’s needed in this costume, you ask? Your favorite leggings, top, wrap (if it’s chilly, which it probably is) and a stuffed dog. Step 1? Affix stuffed dog upside down on shirt using a strap set up or glue. Step 2? Done.

 3. Black Cat


Me-ow! With the recent popularity of feline yoga classes, cats and yogis have never paired better. Check out this slideshow, which has a variety of different cat costume makeup looks! And, if you’re feeling extra frisky (pun intended) pick up some cat ears and a tail from your local costume shop!

4. Celebrity leaving yoga class


Head down, fast walk, sunglasses on, yoga mat bag over shoulder. Ideal if your main focus is to slip unnoticed through a crowd of festive and be-costumed people (perhaps to get home for scary movie watching) rather than join them.

5. Marathon runner


Comfiness alert! Throw on your fav yoga pants, some medals from assorted spelling bee and singing competitions from your childhood, and you’re good to go. (For extra authenticity, print out a marathon bib online to pin to your top!)

Costume Modification: If you are actually a marathon runner, please proceed using your own medals and ignore our suggestions.


Have a happy and safe Halloween, yogis!

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OMgirl’s Winter Collection is Here!

October 15, 2015

The new Winter collection from OMgirl offers sumptuous fabrics, sporty designs, and gorgeous colors. Here are a few pieces that we can’t get enough of!

The Studio Collection – stylish and stretchy stripes


We’re excited about the Linear Cami and Adrenaline Legging, two new additions to this collection of striped yoga wear. They look amazing together, and the sporty horizontal stripes add tons of fun to these easy styles. Along with the popular Alignment Bra and Lineup Capri, this sleek and playful collection offers a lighthearted look in a variety of great colors.

Inkscape Pattern – beautiful hand-dyed style


The new Inkscape pattern, available in the Asana Bra, Mindful Tank and Hatha Legging, is a gorgeous and unique style for winter. Get all of the pieces to wear together, or choose one as an eye-catching accent piece for your yoga wardrobe. The sueded cotton of the Asana Bra and Hatha Legging is luxuriously soft and smooth, with a hint of Lycra to keep moving and stretching with you.

The Studio Nomad – cozy comfort for chilly days


In a soft, cozy blend of cotton, poly, rayon and Lycra, the new Studio Nomad pant is sure to become your favorite for lounging at home or a casual day out and about. The fit is comfortably snug through the thighs and loose below the knee, and the thin striped skirt elevates these pants to a new level of style. Pair them with a cami and layer on a snuggly sweater for an easy, versatile winter look.

Find all of these great styles and more at!