Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Tim Miller

Tim Miller

Tim Miller is the founder and director of the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Carlsbad, CA.  Tim has been studying and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over 30 years.  He was the first American certified to teach Ashtanga by Pattabhi Jois – at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India.  Tim’s knowledge of this system is thorough, and he teaches it in a dynamic, yet compassionate and playful manner.  I have been fortunate to take classes from Tim on several occasions – at yoga conferences and at his home studio – then in Encinitas, CA.  Tim’s low-key approach, masterful adjustments, and deep insights make him among the best, and well worth a trip to San Diego – or wherever he is teaching – to study from this Ashtanga master.

Tim Miller and Guruji

“The practice itself, done consistently and accurately, is the real teacher.” ~ Tim Miller, Yoga Teacher

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on July 10, 2013

Grace’s Pick of the Week: Hematite Mala

Grace’s yoga product pick of the week is the Hematite Mala: “What is a mala (Sanskrit for garland)? It is a set of beads, traditionally 109 of them, used to focus awareness while meditating. In some types of meditation, it is used to keep count of a mantra. My pick of the week is the hematite mala. Hematite is said to relieve anxiety, aches and pain, improve blood flow and strengthen the immune system. It is associated with the root chakra.”

Hematite Mala

Check out our Malas, Yoga Inspired Jewelry, and other Yoga Accessories at!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on May 29, 2013

Spring Cleaning and Saucha

We are spring cleaning at Barefoot Yoga! It calls to mind the first niyama, saucha. In its most simplistic translation, it means ‘purity’ or ‘cleanliness’. Some would say it means living a healthy lifestyle and engaging in activities that are purifying. There are many practical applications of saucha, such as de-cluttering your home, using kind words or having positive thoughts. We should also look to our SELF and ask if there is something we should let go – an attitude, a habit or an emotion.


“But more important than the physical cleansing of the body is the cleansing of the mind of its disturbing emotions like hatred, passion, anger, lust, greed, delusion and pride… This internal cleansing gives radiance and joy. It brings benevolence and banishes mental pain, dejection, sorrow and despair.”

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on May 21, 2013

Lion Pose and Teeth-Grinding

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 for step-by-step directions on the Lion Pose, or Simhasana.

- posted by Grace at Barefoot Yoga

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on May 8, 2013

Featured Studio: Bikram Yoga of Seattle

Bikram Yoga Seattle

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. Standing Bow Pulling PoseWith 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:

  • A full-size towel for practice
  • A yoga mat
  • A water bottle

At, we supply all of these products and much more. Check out our supply of yoga mats, Skidless yoga towels, water bottles and other yoga essentials!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on May 1, 2013

Best Products for Iyengar Yoga Practice

Iyengar YogaWhat 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.”
~BKS Iyengar

Here’s what we recommend for Iyengar:

Hybrid Nature Mats Yoga Practice Straps

Yoga Blocks

Use any basic mat for Iyengar, like our Hybrid Eco Mat.
100% cotton straps give that extra reach and secure hold.
Mr. Iyengar invented the yoga block to work as an extension of the floor to achieve precise alignment.
Iyengar Capri JD Short Mexican Yoga Blankets
Form-fitting clothing and stretchy clothing is best for Iyengar Yoga.
Performance fit, Elastic waist, Stretchy fit. Perfect shorts for Iyengar Yoga.
The most versatile prop for Iyengar – a recycled blend of cotton and acrylics.
Light on Life The Tree of Yoga Yoga the Iyengar Way
By B.K.S. Iyengar

Iyengar uses stories from his own life to illustrate the profound gifts that yoga offers.
By B.K.S. Iyengar

An invaluable source book for new students of yoga and seasoned practitioners.
by Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta

The comprehensive, practical and authoritative guide to Iyengar Yoga.

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 25, 2013

Best Products for Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Ashtanga YogaWhat 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:

Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Nature Mat Mysore Practice Rug - Masala Prana Headbands
Pair any yoga mat with the Mysore Practice Rug and create the ideal surface for Ashtanga practice.
The original Yoga Mat from India
Keep your hair out of your eyes when doing jump backs with these awesome headbands.
OMgirl Asana Bra and Practice Shorts Men's Momentum Shorts by prAna Silk Eye Pillows
Ashtanga is a sweat producing practice, so dress lightly and bare skin!
Stay comfortable, flexible and cool in these loose fitting, organic cotton shorts.
Take savasana after your practice with our soothing silk eye pillows.

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 19, 2013

Pick of the Week: Anatomy of Hatha Yoga

Samantha’s Pick of the Week is the book Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter. She says, “This is a great resource that offers a unique scientific perspective on the relationship between Hatha yoga and physiology of the human body. The serious textbook-like nature of the book is lightened with some humor and readability, making it a great book for a variety of readers.”

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga book

Some similar products to consider are: Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff, The Anatomy Coloring Book, and Paul Grilley’s DVD Anatomy for Yoga.

Barefoot Yoga carries a wide variety of yoga books as well as music and instructional yoga videos to help with your practice. Check out our full selection at!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on April 17, 2013