Pick of the Week: Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bags

Grace’s Pick of the Week is our Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bags. She says, “Mother’s day will be here before you know it. Why not treat her to a most luxurious 100% cotton mat bag? This bag is soft yet durable and fully lined. It comes in both the classic (drawstring top-load) or duffel (zippered side-load) styles available in rich colors of black, caramel, magnolia pink, orange, sage and mist. This spacious bag comes with an inner and outer pocket, an adjustable strap and enough room for mom to carry most props she will need for her practice.”

Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bags

Visit www.barefootyoga.com to see our entire selection of yoga mat bags, as well as other great yoga gift ideas for mom!

Posted under Yoga Gift Ideas, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 29, 2013

Best Products for Iyengar Yoga Practice

Iyengar YogaWhat are the Best Products for Iyengar Yoga?

Do you practice Iyengar Yoga or thinking about trying it out?

Iyengar Yoga is a form of Hatha yoga which traditionally focuses on alignment and precision. Iyengar emphasizes “sequencing” – referring to the order and timing of a sequence of asanas and breathing exercises.

Many props are used for Iyengar including blocks, straps, and blankets. Wear form- fitting, yet comfortable clothing.

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
~BKS Iyengar

Here’s what we recommend for Iyengar:

Hybrid Nature Mats Yoga Practice Straps

Yoga Blocks

HYBRID NATURE MATS
Use any basic mat for Iyengar, like our Hybrid Eco Mat.
YOGA PRACTICE STRAPS
100% cotton straps give that extra reach and secure hold.
YOGA BLOCKS
Mr. Iyengar invented the yoga block to work as an extension of the floor to achieve precise alignment.
Iyengar Capri JD Short Mexican Yoga Blankets
OMGIRL IYENGAR CAPRI
Form-fitting clothing and stretchy clothing is best for Iyengar Yoga.
prAna MEN’S JD SHORTS
Performance fit, Elastic waist, Stretchy fit. Perfect shorts for Iyengar Yoga.
MEXICAN YOGA BLANKETS
The most versatile prop for Iyengar – a recycled blend of cotton and acrylics.
Light on Life The Tree of Yoga Yoga the Iyengar Way
LIGHT ON LIFE
By B.K.S. Iyengar

Iyengar uses stories from his own life to illustrate the profound gifts that yoga offers.
THE TREE OF YOGA
By B.K.S. Iyengar

An invaluable source book for new students of yoga and seasoned practitioners.
YOGA THE IYENGAR WAY
by Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta

The comprehensive, practical and authoritative guide to Iyengar Yoga.

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Styles of Yoga, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 25, 2013

Pick of the Week: Jade Harmony Yoga Mat

Samantha’s Pick of the Week is the Jade Harmony Yoga Mat: “The perfect mat for Earth Day, the eco-friendly Jade Harmony Mat is an open-cell construction mat made of natural rubber. Mats made with natural materials like rubber are healthier for the environment and won’t fill up our landfills! The Jade Harmony is also a great option to keep you from slipping during practice.”

Jade Harmony Yoga Mats

*please note that the Jade Harmony does contain latex.
To view and purchase the Jade Harmony, Jade Fusion, and our other eco-friendly yoga mats, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 23, 2013

Best Products for Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Ashtanga YogaWhat are the Best Products for Ashtanga Yoga?

Do you practice Ashtanga or thinking about trying? It’s a vigorous practice that involves a set series of poses focused on realigning the spine, as well as building strength, flexibility, and stamina.

Traditional Ashtanga does not require many props, but it is a good idea to have a durable mat with open-cell construction to help absorb sweat, a rug to place over the mat, and light-weight, breathable clothing for easy movement and comfort.

“Take Practice and All is coming…”
~Sri Pattabhi Jois

Here’s what we recommend for Ashtanga:

Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Nature Mat Mysore Practice Rug - Masala Prana Headbands
NEW HYBRID MATS
Pair any yoga mat with the Mysore Practice Rug and create the ideal surface for Ashtanga practice.
MYSORE PRACTICE RUGS
The original Yoga Mat from India
PRANA HEADBANDS
Keep your hair out of your eyes when doing jump backs with these awesome headbands.
OMgirl Asana Bra and Practice Shorts Men's Momentum Shorts by prAna Silk Eye Pillows
OMGIRL PRACTICE BRA & SHORTS IN ORGANIC COTTON
Ashtanga is a sweat producing practice, so dress lightly and bare skin!
PRANA MEN’S MOMENTUM SHORTS
Stay comfortable, flexible and cool in these loose fitting, organic cotton shorts.
100% SILK EYE PILLOWS
Take savasana after your practice with our soothing silk eye pillows.

Posted under Mysore Practice Rugs, Styles of Yoga, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 19, 2013

Pick of the Week: Anatomy of Hatha Yoga

Samantha’s Pick of the Week is the book Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter. She says, “This is a great resource that offers a unique scientific perspective on the relationship between Hatha yoga and physiology of the human body. The serious textbook-like nature of the book is lightened with some humor and readability, making it a great book for a variety of readers.”

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga book

Some similar products to consider are: Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff, The Anatomy Coloring Book, and Paul Grilley’s DVD Anatomy for Yoga.

Barefoot Yoga carries a wide variety of yoga books as well as music and instructional yoga videos to help with your practice. Check out our full selection at www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Styles of Yoga, Yoga Gift Ideas

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 17, 2013

Barefoot Yoga Bamboo Blocks & Mexican Blankets in May 2013 Yoga Journal

Barefoot Yoga’s Bamboo Blocks and Mexican Blankets were photographed for the May 2013 issue of Yoga Journal:

Bamboo Yoga Blocks

Bamboo Yoga Blocks

Blankets and blocks are some of the most useful and versatile yoga props for your practice. We offer the highest quality Mexican Blankets, made from a recycled blend of cotton and acrylics. Our Bamboo Blocks are as stable and functional as wood, but extremely light weight and much more eco-friendly.

To check out our Mexican Blankets, Bamboo Yoga Blocks, and other essential yoga props, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Press, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 16, 2013

Barefoot Yoga Mysore Rugs at Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

We’re very pleased and proud to see photos of our own Mysore Practice Rugs being used at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, which took place from February 28 – March 3 this year in San Diego!

Mysore Practice Rug at Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

Visit www.barefootyoga.com to view and purchase our Solid Purple Practice Rug, as well as our other Mysore Practice Rugs, available in a wide variety of colors and patterns!

Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Mysore Practice Rugs, Yoga Conferences, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 15, 2013

Pick of the Week: Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks

Grace’s Pick of the Week is our Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks. “The Indian Rosewood block is made from the Shisham tree. It’s a sustainable hardwood that is readily available in India. It is prized for its luxurious looking dark heartwood. The varied grain and color makes each block unique. Its durability makes it a great prop for your practice.”

Yoga blocks add stability and length to your postures, and these Rosewood Blocks are lightweight and comfortably smooth to the touch. Indian Rosewood is very eco-friendly compared to other materials, because this species of tree grows very quickly, reaching up to 100 feet tall. Parts of the Shisham tree are used in Ayurvedic medicine to cure skin problems and other ailments.

Visit www.barefootyoga.com to purchase our Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks, Eco-Friendly Bamboo Yoga Blocks, and other earth-conscious yoga props.

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 12, 2013