5 New Things to Try this Summer

It’s that time of year again – summer has officially begun! Time to break out your practice rugs, your sunscreen, and – particularly if you’re in the Pacific NW like we are – a comfy pair of sandals for trekking from yoga class, work, and all around town!

Summer is a beautiful time of year, and a great time to try out new things. With the warm weather and long hours of daylight, it’s the perfect time for both outdoor adventures, and taking time for some top notch relaxation.

Below are some of our favorite ways to get active, have fun, and nourish the body, mind, and soul during this gorgeous time of year.

1. Get planting

 

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Gardening outdoors is a lovely way to soak up the sunshine and put time and effort into planting produce for a bounty of delicious fall crops. Not to mention that if you’re lucky enough to have a large backyard, planting trees and soft grass can be an amazing way to create your very own secluded yoga oasis!

 

2. Try a new style of yoga

 

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It’s wonderful to find a style of yoga that speaks to you, and if you’ve been going to that same hot yoga class every week for the past six months, that’s awesome! But, if you’re looking to change up your routine with a new class, summer is a time of year ripe with outdoor yoga classes – which makes it easy to try out a spur of the moment class. Or, even try sampling a style of yoga that’s always caught your eye but you’ve never explored, such as newly-on-the-scene aqua yoga, or a Kundalini class!

 

3. See the world (or at least a little of it)

 

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Get out of town, and see some new sights! If you’re able, catch a quick weekend getaway to your local state park for some camping and outdoor poses, or even explore one of many upcoming summer yoga festivals! Yoga festivals, which run all year round but are especially popular during the summer months, are a great way to explore your practice, listen to amazing live music, and connect with fellow yogis.

 

4. Invest in a sustainable, healthy food plan

 

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Have you found yourself ordering veggie Thai takeout one too many times, or eating a whole thing of hummus and some carrots instead of cooking a real meal? If this sounds like you, think about trying out a body and budget friendly meal plan this summer! A healthy diet filled with fruits, veggies, nutritious whole grains, and lean proteins is essential for any yogi, and can help tremendously with energy levels, mental clarity, and feeling fresh all day long. Not to mention that planning your meals for the week and cooking from home is a great way to save a buck that could go towards that yoga festival! Check out this refreshing and delicious tomato and cucumber salad to get started.

 

5. Try something new

 

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This one is pretty straightforward – simply try something new! Whether it’s starting a journal, biking to yoga class instead of driving, or taking a photography course, try something new (big or small) that serves body and mind. Learning and exploring new things can be a fulfilling and valuable way to discover new passions, connect with others, and get to know yourself better.

 

Whether you’re just beginning your yogic journey, or if you’re simply looking for an awesome new practice rug or pair of leggings to spruce up your practice, Barefoot Yoga has got you covered! Come visit us today at barefootyoga.com, where we offer the freshest styles and a wide selection of truly authentic props.

 

Posted under Food and Cooking, Health and Fitness, Styles of Yoga

This post was written by Carolina on June 24, 2015

Yoga Trends: Aqua Yoga

 

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Want to try out a fun and different way to practice? Jump off the mat and into the pool!

Aqua yoga is a great way to relax, relieve tension and tone muscles. It’s super low-impact, making it great for those with flexibility or joint issues. A huge number of poses can be modified for an aquatic environment, and many will be easier because you don’t feel the same effects of gravity in the water. This is a great way to build confidence and get into poses that you might not be ready for on land.

But aqua yoga isn’t just for beginners or less flexible folks; there’s something for advanced practitioners, too! Some aspects of aqua yoga can be difficult at first – even if you’re a seasoned yogi – because the resistance of the water creates new challenges. This enables you to build strength and use muscles that you may not have engaged before.

When you’re ready for dry land again, visit www.barefootyoga.com for all your yoga needs. For joint pain, try our Hybrid Eco Mats, bolsters and Mexican blankets for restorative yoga.

 

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This post was written by Lauren on June 19, 2015

Jivamukti Yoga: The 5 Tenets

Jivamukti yoga is a method of practicing created by partners David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. It combines a vigorous style of practice with a focus on five main tenets, and includes a strong focus on compassion for all living beings, the environment, and animal rights.

 

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Interested in delving a little deeper to learn more about the 5 main tenets of Jivamukti? So were we! Take a look below to learn more about these fascinating principles:

The 5 Tenets

Shastra – The importance of learning and studying the ancient texts of yoga teachings, particularly in their original Sanskrit text. Four main texts focused on in Jivamukti yoga include the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanishads. These are considered to be some of the most influential and ancient yogic texts.

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David Life and Sharon Gannon

 

Bhakti – While Bhakti translates literally to “devotion to God”, in Jivamukti yoga this can take on a meaning that resonates with the yogi’s personal beliefs – whether it is devotion to a religion, one’s self-realization, your yoga practice, or simply love. The focus of Bhakti is a realization and devotion towards an intention or being higher than one’s own self – whatever that may mean to you.

 

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is one of many celebrity Jivamukti practitioners

 

Ahimsa – Compassion for all other living beings. This extends to animals, bugs, plantlife, and fellow humans. Non violence and kindness towards others is an extremely important part of the Jivamukti method, and Ahimsa represents that ideology.

 

Nada – The practice of focusing on sound. In Jivamukti yoga, Nada can be practiced through chanting, however it is also practiced by focusing on the sound of your instructor’s voice, music, or even focusing on the sound made by complete silence.

The theory of Nada says that everything in existence, including human beings, is composed of sound vibrations. Therefore, by listening and acknowledging these vibrations – referred to as Nada – one can gain the ability to hear Om, considered the soundless sound.

 

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Dhyana – Meditation. An integral part of Jivamukti yoga, meditation is included within each class as an opportunity to focus on breath, one’s inner self, and to be still.

 

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Just starting out on the journey of your yoga practice – Jivamukti or otherwise? We have a wide variety of props, mats, clothing, and more ideal for every practice. Come visit us today at barefootyoga.com

 

Posted under Health and Fitness, Meditation, Styles of Yoga, Yoga News

This post was written by Carolina on June 17, 2015