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 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

Barefoot Yoga Favorites: The Festival Look We Love

Although the back-to-school (or work!) time of year is fast approaching, let us not forget that we’re still in the sweet spot of summer – perfect for beaching, paddleboard yoga-ing and yoga festival going!

Take a look at our fav picks below for a yoga festival look that brings together style and function seamlessly.

The Look:



For any festival go-er (yoga or otherwise!), day to night mobility is a must – and the look above captures exactly that. Pair the vibrant and fun Practice Pant Ink Brush OM with the Mindful Tank Lucky Bamboo for a combination that offers extra warmth on your legs when the cooler evening temperatures set in, but will keep you cool with the lightweight tank during the hotter parts of the day.

Feeling extra chilly in the evening? Throw on a stylish and supremely comfortable Hybrid Wrap for extra warmth!


The Accessories:

Hmmm…where to start?

How about with the basics – mats!


For a mat that’s lightweight and easy to keep clean on the go, our favorite is the classic Hybrid Mat. Throw in a pack of Yoga Mat Wipes for a sweet smelling mat even in the most outdoorsy of settings!

And, for an even more comprehensive collection of props to address all your festival needs – whether you’re squeezed into a not so roomy tent or practicing solo on a grass hill – try it paired with a Mysore Practice Rug! This is our go-to yoga superstar for ultimate slip resistance, traction, and texture.

(Looking for a combo deal? Check out our Yoga Packages!)


To top off your ensemble, throw all your props into a stylish and sturdy Indian Pattern Yoga Mat Bag (the classic Panipat Pattern pictured above) and hit the road!

Or, for a super soft feel, try out our Cotton Velvet Mat Bags. They’re sturdy, breathable, and made from 100% cotton, but with the plush feel of velvet.

Velvet 2

Come visit us at today to find all of your festival needs!


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This post was written by Carolina on August 7, 2015