Product Picks from OMgirl’s Summer Collection

May 22, 2015

OMgirl recently released their Summer collection of yoga clothing, and we’re loving what we see! Here are a few staff picks for must-have pieces for your summer yoga wardrobe.

Concept Bra

Concept Bra

This top is seriously cute, but it’s also a high-performance bra that’s great for yoga class, jogging, or medium-impact workouts. The flattering neckline and super cool back cutouts make it our pick for best new activewear top from OMgirl.

Mindful Tank Lucky Bamboo

Mindful Tank Lucky Bamboo

In a great new take on an old favorite, OMgirl has added this gorgeous bamboo pattern to their beloved Mindful Tank. These ultra soft, sheer tanks feel amazing to wear, and they make ideal layering pieces. Try wearing over a sports bra, or under a wrap.

Concept Legging

Concept Legging

Match the Concept Bra with these great new leggings, featuring a comfy roll-down waist and eye-catching crisscross cutouts at the ankles. Made of a blend of cotton, poly, and curve-hugging lycra, they stretch with you as you move.

Practice Cardi

Practice Cardi

On those breezy summer nights, you’ll be in heaven with the new Practice Cardi. Not too heavy and not too light, it’s made of the same silky soft cotton/modal blend as the Mindful Tank. The cardi can be worn open and drapey, or tied at the waist for a more fitted look.

Check out www.barefootyoga.com for our full collection of fun and fashionable OMgirl Clothing!


The newest yoga trend on our radar? Glowga!

May 18, 2015

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We’re always on the lookout for a new take on practicing – and right now we have glowga on the brain!

Glowga is practicing in near-darkness with only black and neon lights for illumination during the class – or should we say party?

Jam out while getting grounded with this unique style of class that offers combinations of rock n’ roll, glowsticks, and your favorite poses! Classes come in a variety of styles from Bikram to Vinyasa and are quickly spreading across the country.

The benefits? Practicing in a darker setting with less visual input heightens your brain’s other senses and increases awareness of those senses to help your body keep its balance while practicing.

Looking for some brightly colored clothing and vibrant props for your next yoga – or glowga – class? We’ve got you covered at barefootyoga.com!


Getting Started with Meditation

May 15, 2015

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You’ve heard for years that meditation has amazing benefits, and you’ve always meant to give it a try, but never gotten around to it. Sound familiar? There are a lot of reasons that you might be reluctant to start a regular meditation practice – maybe you think you don’t have enough time in the day, or maybe trying to quiet your mind for 20 minutes sounds like an impossible feat. But the benefits are undeniable, and it turns out that meditation is way easier than you think!

Here are a few reasons to finally give meditation a try:

  1. You don’t actually have to “clear your mind” while you meditate

The idea that meditation involves clearing your mind of all thoughts is one of the main reasons that it sounds so difficult to beginners. But it’s not necessarily true! Even Deepak Chopra says, “The nature of the mind to move from one thought to another is in fact the very basis of meditation.” Allowing your thoughts to flow freely as you meditate is fine, and over time you’ll get comfortable with letting each thought slip by without dwelling on it too much.

  1. Meditation can improve your sleep

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve insomnia, fatigue and even depression. This type of meditation in particular involves focusing on your breathing or on a positive word or phrase such as “Om” or “Relax.” Again, you don’t have to clear your mind, but try to let go of worries about the past and the future. With a little practice, this causes a relaxation response which can be used at bedtime to help get a longer and fuller night’s sleep.

  1. Meditation improves creativity and problem-solving

In our modern world, where many of us can’t sit still for 5 minutes without checking our phones, the practice of being still with your own thoughts can have great benefits. If you’re feeling overworked or mentally exhausted, it’s the perfect time to take a few minutes for a gentle meditation. For one thing, calming your emotions can help you get some perspective when you’re feeling too stressed out. On top of that, research has shown that regular meditators have better luck thinking outside the box and coming up with new and creative solutions to problems. Because of this, meditation can actually be a time saver! Why spend hours struggling with a mental block when you can get relaxed and boost your creativity at the same time?

  1. It’s not a big time commitment

You can start meditating for just a few minutes a day. To begin with, you’ll want to make yourself comfortable. You may wish to stretch lightly beforehand, especially if you meditate first thing in the morning. Wear loose or stretchy clothes that don’t pinch or bind. And sit comfortably – try a meditation cushion on the floor, or even just your bed or sofa. Once you’ve had some practice meditating, you may want to work your way up to 15 or 20 minutes a day, but there’s no hurry – be kind to yourself, and enjoy!

For all your meditation needs, come visit us today at barefootyoga.com!