I have suffered from TMJ (Temporomandubular Joint) disorder since I was a teenager. My grandmother strongly believes in ox-tail soup as a remedy. But what I have found that really helps is yoga, first in relieving stress so I don’t grind my teeth that often. When I do feel the tension, the Lion pose helps alleviate the pain. This has alleviated the pain in my jaw and headache that comes with teeth-grinding. Also, it saves an ox.
Visit YogaJournal.com for step-by-step directions on the Lion Pose, or Simhasana.
- posted by Grace at Barefoot Yoga
Posted under Styles of Yoga
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on May 8, 2013
A longtime customer of Barefoot Yoga is Bikram Yoga of Seattle. The owners Kevin and Kathy both have a long history of practicing and teaching Bikram Yoga. With their main studio in the heart of Fremont neighborhood, they provide heated Hatha yoga classes to students at a variety of levels from beginners and advanced. They provide towel rentals, showers, and free filtered water.
For their classes, they recommend:
Posted under Styles of Yoga, Yoga Studios, Yoga Supplies
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on May 1, 2013
What 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.”
Here’s what we recommend for Iyengar:
|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
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
What 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:
|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
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|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
“In honor of the warmth and brightness that is coming, and thanks to the awesome crew at Barefoot Yoga, I give you my latest giveaway. To celebrate the desire to open our windows and bust our asanas on the green grass, in cahoots with Barefoot Yoga (a totally perfect name for a company, right?), I am giving away a Masala Mysore Practice Rug. These rugs absorb sweat and water, and actually work best when damp, to provide great traction and stretch to help hold a pose. So April showers will not deter you from flowing in the flowers! They are great on their own or paired with a mat.”
The Masala rug features multi-colored stripes in beautiful earth tones, with Indian details woven throughout the rug.
We’ve partnered with Nancy at Flying Yogini to offer a giveaway of our colorful and authentic Masala yoga rug. The giveaway runs through March 31st at 6:00 a.m. EST, and the winner (selected at random) will be announced on the Flying Yogini website, as well as on their Facebook and Twitter.
Visit Flying Yogini for details about how to enter the contest, and check out www.barefootyoga.com to browse and buy our yoga practice rugs, available in a wide variety of colors and patterns!
Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Mysore Practice Rugs, Styles of Yoga, Yoga Supplies
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on March 20, 2013
Barefoot Yoga has teamed up with the blog Yoga for Men to offer a giveaway of our Rajasthan Practice Rug for one lucky reader!
While traditionally used as Ashtanga yoga rugs in India, our practice rugs also work wonderfully for any athletic or sweat-producing yoga practices, such as Bikram and Vinyasa.
Jonathan of Yoga for Men writes, “I’ve been using the Rajasthan rug for about a week now and I’m definitely liking it. I’ll post the review later, but for now you can enter the raffle filling out the form. I’ll pick one winner at random and the rug will be on its way.”
Go to Yoga for Men to enter the giveaway, and visit www.barefootyoga.com to see our Mysore Practice Rugs, available in a variety of colors and styles!
Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Press, Styles of Yoga, Yoga Supplies
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on February 19, 2013
Elephant Journal recently featured Barefoot Yoga’s top 10 yoga gifts for the yogi in your life:
- Silk Eye Pillows – in solid colors or sari designs with matching carry-case
- Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco Mats – a long-lasting, high quality and affordable mat
- Original Eco Yoga Mats – rated the #1 yoga mat by the New York Times
- Mysore Practice Rugs – great for Astanga, Bikram or Vinyasa yoga
- Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bags – soft and durable bags that will fit most any mat
- Silk Sari Meditation Cushions – unique sari patterns in luxurious 100% silk
- Bamboo Yoga Blocks – light-weight, durable, and eco friendly
- Beeswax Aromatherapy Candles – 100% pure beeswax and essential oils
- Nag Champa Incense – all-natural and made in India
- Yoga Package Super Deal – a mat, bag, and eye pillow for only $39!
Visit www.barefootyoga.com for more great yoga gift ideas. And with our current Free 3-Day shipping offer, we can still get your order out in time for the holidays!
Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Mysore Practice Rugs, Press, Styles of Yoga, Yoga Gift Ideas, Yoga Supplies
This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on December 18, 2012