5 Tips for a Healthy Fall

The scarves are on, the air is crisp, and fall is nearly here! Below, we’ve added our favorite tips to feel your best this season – and all year round!

1. Do some Yoga!

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How could this not be at the top of our list?! Yoga is a wonderful way to stay fit, and keep your body and mind healthy. Make time for practicing regularly – whether it be once a day or a few times a week.

And, if you feel that you’re getting stuck in a rut with your routine, switch it up! Try a new class or style of yoga, a new type of exercise, or gather up your closest pals for a fun and easy way to get motivated.

As the days get shorter and darker, yoga and other forms of exercise can be especially beneficial for a healthy rush of endorphins and staying in shape over the holiday season. Try getting outdoors for a bonus kick of vitamin D!

 

2. Make time for your friends and family

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As the weather gets chillier and the sun sets earlier, it can be particularly easy to blow off plans at the last minute. Who wants to venture out into the world when you can stay cozy indoors?! While this can be an easy route to go, resist! Bundle up in a warm jacket and go see your friends and family! They are important, you love them, go and see them. No excuses.

 

3. Practice mindful eating

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Candy corn, anyone? (Or, perhaps a bit more realistically, sugar packed pumpkin spice latte, anyone?)

Sweet and salty foods are delicious any time of the year – but what’s important is practicing moderation. The colder months, particularly fall and holiday times, are not only filled with more unhealthy foods than usual, but are also a time of higher stress levels for many. Whether the cause is going back to school, organizing the office Halloween party, or cooking Thanksgiving dinner, stressful eating is never the answer.

Instead of nervously munching on some chewy candy or crunchy chips, try excusing yourself for a quick 5-minute meditation or walk outside. You’ll feel the benefits instantly.

Another tip? Try to surround yourself with healthy food that feels good in your body. This makes it easier to stay healthy and feel good.

 

4. Help out those around you

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Giving back is an important thing to do, whether in big or small ways. Make a goal to give back regularly, not just during the fall and holiday season.

A few easy ways to get started? Try donating school supplies to your child’s school, offering to help your friend move, giving away some of your old yoga supplies, or even simply acknowledging something you value in another with a compliment.

 

5. Take care of yourself

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Another thing that’s always smart to do!

Try creating a fall “first aid kit”. This can include all your essentials, such as a cozy pair of socks, some tea bags, a comfy wrap, a good book, and an eye pillow – or any of your other favorite things to create the ultimate relaxation kit!

As the weather gets cooler, also try cleaning up and revamping your home. This is a great activity for spring cleaning as well. Reorganize your house, put away the summer clothes, throw an extra blanket on the bed, and refresh your home for the new season!

For all of your fall yoga clothing and prop needs, visit us today at BarefootYoga.com!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Food and Cooking, Health and Fitness, Meditation, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Carolina on September 18, 2015

Barefoot Yoga’s Fall Favorites!

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With orange undertones and a flourish of green that makes you think of the changing leaves outside, you’ll understand why the Padmini Lotus Eye Pillow was designed with Autumn in mind. Made with beautiful Indian Silk, the Sari fabric we use has a richness to it that feels so nice on the skin.

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With temperatures changing so much between the days and the evening, it is nice to have a piece that adjusts throughout the day. You can cinch it up close as it gets cold, or you can let it hang down in an open robe-like jacket with layers beneath.  Check out our full selection of Sweaters and Wraps to keep you warm as the seasons change.

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As the days grow shorter we find the temperature beginning to drop. Curl up for the cold weather with a cozy blanket in one of many vibrant colors. These work great as a yoga prop or an extra blanket to have around the house or car on a cold day.

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Nothing says fall is here like the color of this mat! It will make you think of pumpkins, spices, and sipping coffee on a crisp morning. This is the mat to kickstart you back into practice as you shed the lazy habits of summer.

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Our Silk Zafus are made from authentic Indian Sari Fabrics. With Fall being a time to nest back into the home, the luxury of these Zafus will help keep your cabin fever at bay. They offer a wonderful way to enhance your meditation, or to simply provide a seat closer to the ground.

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Health and Fitness, Meditation, Yoga Clothing, Yoga Gift Ideas, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Patrick on September 16, 2015

September is National Yoga Month

Now in its 8th year, National Yoga Month promotes healthy living through the practice of yoga. Among its many benefits, yoga has been shown to reduce stress, improve cardiovascular health, and ease back pain. The Department of Health and Human Services recognized yoga’s positive influence on health and created National Yoga Month in 2008 to raise awareness.

This month-long celebration of yoga includes a number of events nationwide, as well as free classes for new students offered by hundreds of yoga studios. If you’re new to yoga or just looking to update and upgrade your yoga equipment, we have a number of suggestions for yoga essentials for your practice!

 

Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco Mats

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Our signature Hybrid mats offer great performance and eco-friendly material at a low price that makes this mat perfect for beginners and experienced yogis alike. With our wide range of colors, you’re sure to find a mat that you’ll love!

 

Mysore Yoga Rugs

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These traditional rugs are hand-woven in India, in the authentic style of the first mats ever used for yoga practice. They rest nicely over any mat and add cushion and traction while absorbing moisture.

 

Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks

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Made from the Shisham tree, sometimes called Indian Rosewood, these sustainable hardwood blocks will add support and length to your poses. They’re hollow for easy transport to the yoga studio without sacrificing stability and strength.

 

Silk Eye Pillows

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Sivasana can be one of the best – and sometimes most challenging – parts of your practice. Our silk eye pillows make relaxation and reflection easier by quieting your mind with the soothing scent of real dried lavender flowers. The gentle weight of the pillow on your eyes will help you to get the most out of those final minutes of your practice.

Visit BarefootYoga.com to shop for everything you’ll need to boost your practice during National Yoga Month!

 

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This post was written by Lauren on September 10, 2015