Our 10 Favorite Eco-Friendly Yoga Products

We show our love and appreciation for the Earth all year round, but during Earth Awareness Month (every April), we like to make a celebration out of it! This year, we wanted to share ten of our favorite eco-friendly yoga props with our fellow yogis – from mats, to blankets, to clothing, and more! And, with our 25% off Spring Yoga Sale – running from now through Sunday, May 1st – these items won’t break the bank!

1. The Original Eco Yoga Mat



This mat is as natural as it gets – it’s even biodegradable! It’s a super textured, supremely grippy yoga mat made from all natural rubber tapped from rubber trees and woven with natural jute fibers. Rated #1 by the New York Times (and by many yogis), this mat is sure to help you feel grounded and close to earth during your practice.

2. Cork Yoga Block


Sustainably harvested from natural cork trees, our Cork Yoga Blocks are essential for every yogi’s prop collection! With a great, firm feel and awesome traction, we can’t help but find ourselves choosing these before a hot yoga class or a few outdoor poses.

 3. Women’s Yoga Clothing by Manduka


Made for yoga by yogis! We love this environmentally conscious, yet fabulously comfy and cute new collection of women’s clothing by Manduka! With everything from tanks to tops to wraps in a variety of recycled polyester, hemp, and organic cotton, you can’t go wrong. A couple of our favorites? The Open Back Top (30% Hemp/70% Organic Cotton) and the Essential Legging (65% Recycled Polyester/22% Polyester/13% Spandex) shown above!

4. Natural Jute & PER Yoga Mat


This mat is great for any yoga who loves an easy-to-clean mat with textured grip and all natural materials! Made from PER (polymer environmental resin) and sturdy, natural jute fibers, this mat is incredibly durable and cleans up after even the hottest yoga classes with just a quick wipe down! (Yoga Mat Cleansing Wipe, anyone?)

 5. Mexican Yoga Blankets


Made from a blend of recycled cotton and acrylic fibers, our signature Mexican Yoga Blankets are sturdy enough for prop use in any class, while still comfortable enough to use as a throw on your couch! Available in three beautiful designs (solid, striped, and solid with thunderbird), these colorful blankets are sure to become a beloved favorite.

6. Eco-Friendly Foam Yoga Blocks


These are our go-to blocks when out and about, and at only 0.5 pounds each they couldn’t be easier to bring along anywhere you want to practice! These blocks are one of our favorite tried-and-true classics that are friendly to the planet and produce no toxic emissions during production. And, with their textured surface and vibrant color options, they can’t be beat!

7. Hybrid Eco Yoga Mats



Everything an earth-conscious yogi could ask for in a classic sticky mat! This is one of our favorite signature mats, both for its grip, its environmental friendliness, and its budget friendly price! Plus, it’s available in three thicknesses – 1/8”, 1/6”, and ¼”, so there’s sure to be a size to fit any yogi’s practice!

8. Mysore Practice Rugs


Our classic Mysore Practice Rugs are woven with 100% all natural cotton yarn, and provide a wonderfully textured and sturdy surface to help you stay grounded throughout your practice. Perfect for use over any yoga mat, our colorful, earth-friendly rugs will absorb sweat, keeping you steady during even the sweatiest practices! Or, try using it solo during an outdoor practice – the natural woven feel of the rug combined with the closeness of the earth is one of our favorite ways to spend a beautiful morning!

 9. Bamboo Yoga Blocks



Our beautiful, ecologically harvested Bamboo Yoga Blocks are a wonderful prop for any studio or home! Sturdier than many types of standard wood, these blocks provide supreme durability and are much friendlier to our forests than wood harvested using traditional logging methods.

 10. E.C.O. Mat by Prana



We love these lightweight – yet super comfy and supportive – yoga mats by Prana! At only 2.4 pounds, they provide a solid ¼” thickness, which makes them ideal for yogis who prefer an extra supportive mat, but don’t want to be held back by too much weight! They’re also made using entirely non toxic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), and are recyclable and biodegradable!

For all of your eco-friendly yoga prop needs, come visit us today at BarefootYoga.com!

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This post was written by Carolina on April 25, 2016

Yoga Revival – Week 13: Yoga Elation and the Mysore Practice Rug


I’ve discovered yoga practice can lead to feelings of elation. Endorphins are released, circulation palpably increases, and a peaceful synchronization occurs between mind and body. The cylinders are primed to fire at peak capacity.

I experienced some of this yoga elation the other day after finally dragging myself up and out for a morning hot Hatha Yoga class at YogaBliss on Mercer Island, lead by a seasoned instructor named Jonathan Bowra. His strength, lightheartedness, and insights helped push me through 90 minutes of mostly core movements, giving way to slippery sun salutations.

On the way out of my house, I grabbed my Manduka Pro yoga mat – considered by many the best of all mats. Its density provides a bouncing sensation that makes me feel like I have the strength of 10 Grinches when I practice on it. But in my hurry to get to class on time (nothing like a hurried yogi) I forgot to grab my rug – which is what I needed most – to lay on my mat and absorb all that sweat. And so I worked my core muscles hard to hold those sweat drenched downward dogs and triangles, but my feet did slip a few times, once in a way that felt dangerously close to causing a significant leg injury.

I’ve found the best surface for sweaty yoga is a thin or dense mat with a practice rug over it. So next time I won’t forget because the exhilaration of a hot yoga class is well worth it, and should be done in the safest way – on a non-slip surface.

For the rest of the day I felt heavily anchored to the ground, yet with energy surging upwards in kind of a perfect balance. Calmly elated simply to be!


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This post was written by David on October 2, 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


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


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


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


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