Yoga at your Desk

April 24, 2014

How often have you taken a break from the computer screen to find tension in your neck and shoulders? Here’s an easy exercise to relieve that pain in your neck without leaving your desk.

Clasp your hands behind your back. Bring both fists to your waist at the right. Gently, tilt your right ear to your right shoulder and hold. This releases the tension on the left side of your neck and shoulder. To release, look down, bring your chin to chest before lifting your head. Now repeat on the other side, bringing clasped hands to the left at your waist and tilt your head to the left. And breathe!

For yoga products to help you feel vital and limber after a day at your desk, visit www.barefootyoga.com!


Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
the Original Eco Yoga Mat

April 23, 2014

April is Earth Month! Give some love to Mother Earth with environmentally friendly yoga products. Our Original Eco Mat is all-natural and completely biodegradable. Made with natural jute fiber and rubber, it feels like practicing on the ground! With zero chemical additives, this is a great gift for the eco-conscious yogi.
*Does contain latex (naturally occurring in rubber)

Original Eco Mat

Barefoot Yoga‘s eco-friendly products include a number of other earth-conscious yoga mats, yoga props such as our Bamboo Blocks, and a huge selection of yoga clothing made with organic and recycled materials!


Top 5 New Activities to Try this Summer!

April 18, 2014

It’s that wonderful time of year filled with new growth and new adventures, not to mention the beautiful summer weather fast approaching! What better time to try out some new activities? Below are 5 we love!

1. Skydiving

Skydiving

Many people have heard of it, but few have done it! If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this is the sport for you. Check out your local certified skydiving companies to find one that will show you the ropes so you can have a fun and safe time exploring the sky!

2. Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing

An American version of the classic Egyptian style of bellydance often referred to as Raqs sharqi, belly dancing is a great workout and a lot of fun! Its non-impact movement works to strengthen the spine and abdomen, and can even help prevent osteoporosis! There are belly dance studios all over the country that offer classes ranging from beginner to pro level to get you started!

3. Hula Hooping

Hula Hooping

Hula hooping – it’s not just for the playground anymore! Hula hooping has become even more popular with the over ten crowd because of its amazing ab-toning qualities, as well as its invigorating yet relaxing effect. Try using a weighted hoop to get that extra workout, and don’t forget to check out all the fun colors and designs available!

4. Paddle Boarding

Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding – a great way to improve your balance, get a workout, and enjoy some beautiful summer weather! Grab a group of friends and buy (or rent) some paddleboards and hit the lake! Balancing on top of a paddleboard can be trickier than it looks, so start out slow by sitting down or standing on your knees and work up to standing – you’ll get there!

5. Yoga

Yoga

And last but certainly never least, yoga! If you want to experience a great activity that strengthens, tones, relaxes, and improves balance, yoga is for you! Whether it’s a sweaty hot yoga class or a relaxing restorative one, yoga can be adapted to fit exactly what your body needs (and your body will definitely thank you).

To get started on your own yoga adventure, take a look at Barefoot Yoga for all that your practice calls for.


Barefoot Yoga Mexican Blanket
Featured in May Yoga Journal

April 16, 2014

Our yellow Deluxe Mexican Yoga Blanket was featured in the May issue of Yoga Journal, on newsstands now!

Barefoot Yoga Mexican Blanket in Yoga Journal Barefoot Yoga Mexican Blanket in Yoga Journal

Blankets can be one of the most valuable and versatile yoga props. Our Mexican Yoga Blankets are the highest quality, made of a recycled blend of cotton and acrylics.

Visit www.barefootyoga.com to view our full selection of yoga props, including Mexican Blankets, yoga bolsters, meditation cushions and lots more!

 


Barefoot Yoga Bamboo Block
Featured in Yoga Journal’s Green Gear Guide

April 15, 2014

Barefoot Yoga’s Bamboo Yoga Blocks are featured in Yoga Journal’s Green Gear Guide, on newsstands now! Unlike a tree which can take decades to grow to maturity, bamboo is ready to harvest within 4 to 5 years. This means that our Bamboo Blocks are much more sustainable than wood, while still offering the stability that you need for your yoga practice.

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Bamboo Block in Yoga Journal Green Gear Guide

We also offer silk eye pillows, practice straps, prAna headbands, glass water bottles, and eco yoga mats, as well as lots more for your yoga practice!

To browse and buy our eco-friendly yoga supplies, visit www.barefootyoga.com.


Yoga at your Desk

April 11, 2014

With most of us working on computers, it’s no wonder our eyes can feel tired and strained. Here is a simple exercise to relieve that. Close your eyes and  cup up your hands over the eyes, leaving space between your palms and your eyes. Make sure there is not light seeping through. Open your eyes for a few seconds and then close them again. Do this a couple of times and as often as you need to.

Computer Eye Strain

For another wonderful way to soothe tired eyes, check out our lavender-scented Silk Eye Pillows at www.barefootyoga.com!


Grace’s Pick of the Week:
Raven Top by PrAna

April 10, 2014

My pick of the week is the Raven Top by PrAna: This top is made of the Chakara performance knit with a jacquard pattern. Move easily in it with the supportive racer back and shelf bra and a curved hem for a flattering silhouette. It is blue sign certified for environmentally safe practices and production. Suitable for yoga or fitness with its moisture wicking properties, stretch and quick-dry material.

Raven Top Misty Knicker

If you like matching outfits, pair it with the Misty Knicker made of the same high performance fabric. This bottom has a flattering wide waistband, with shirring detail at the back of the legs and waistband.


Honorary Yoga Teacher of the Month: Emma Watson

April 10, 2014

Yes, you did hear that correctly! One of Hollywood’s brightest stars isn’t just a pro in the acting world; she’s a certified yoga teacher, too!

In recent interviews, the talented actor has shared that after graduating from Brown University she would like to make extra time to pursue what she’s passionate about, including yoga as well as painting and theater.

Emma Watson

It takes discipline practicing yoga in daily life, not to mention while filming amazing movies and traveling the globe! It goes to show that you can make time in life for the truly important things.

To make a little more time for yoga in your life, check out Barefoot Yoga to get started!