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!

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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!


Barefoot Yoga Listed As Top Yoga Supplier on BeWellPhilly

April 3, 2014

Philadelphia Magazine’s health and fitness focused website BeWellPhilly recently mentioned Barefoot Yoga as one of the best places online to get great yoga gear and clothing at low prices!

They say:

“This is a one-stop shop for everything yoga, from mats to leggings to books to blankets. But beware: With popular brands like Prana and OMgirl at seriously affordable prices, your shopping cart can fill up pretty quickly.”

Barefoot Yoga Products in Pink & Brown

Take advantage of our huge selection and low prices on yoga mats, props, accessories and clothing at www.barefootyoga.com!


Thought yoga was just for us humans? Think again!

April 2, 2014

Now there aren’t just yoga classes, but doga (dog yoga) classes for our furry friends as well! Contrary to what you might think, doga classes aren’t a new phenomenon, they’ve been around for a while and are now catching on in a big way.

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Doga class attendees feel it helps their dog, as well as themselves, to experience the benefits of yoga together. Heck, if yoga is such an amazingly valuable practice for humans, why not for our fellow canines as well?

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Doga classes incorporate everything from meditation and massage to gentle poses involving both you and your pooch, which can include anything from camel pose (shown above) to a quite literal downward-facing dog (shown below)!

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Whatever the pose, one thing is for sure: doga is an amazing way to bond with both your pooch and your practice, so why not give it a try? It’s sure to bring a new level of harmony and perspective to any yogi with a canine companion!

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Want to know more? Check out the links below and don’t forget to visit us at www.barefootyoga.com for you or your furry friend’s yoga needs!