Practicing Yoga Can Help Patients with COPD

A recent study just released discusses how yoga can improve lung function in patients who suffer from COPD. COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, includes symptoms like coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath.

According to the study presenter Dr. Guleria, “We found that yoga can be a simple, cost-effective method that can help improve quality of life in patients with COPD.”

Yoga for COPD

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on October 30, 2013

Yoga Kickstarter Program

Do you love yoga? Then you should definitely check out this Kickstarter project:

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on October 28, 2013

Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Doug Swenson

Doug SwensonOur teacher of the month for September is Doug Swenson. Doug has been a student of yoga since 1969. He is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, poet, and dedicated health advocate. He has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment to develop his unique approach. He has written several books: Yoga Helps, The Diet that Loves You Most, Power Yoga for Dummies, and Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow.

Of the many great yoga teachers I have been so fortunate to study with over the last 25 years, Doug stands out as one of the most lighthearted. His knowledge and experience is extensive, and he delivers it with such humor and passion, that his students are inspired to float and fly through a rigorous yoga practice like children at a playground.

When he is not in South Lake Tahoe, Doug can be found in many corners of the world, teaching and training students in one of most all inclusive, creative yoga forms available.

Visit Doug at his website, and plan a trip to see him for a happy, and potentially life-changing yoga experience you will carry with you forever.

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

Books for Yoga Teacher Training

For some of you, school may have already started. For others, the autumn brings another semester. If you are planning on taking a teacher training course, or just for self-improvement, here is some recommended reading:

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The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminof

Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
Yoga, The Spirit And Practice Of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffman

Ayurveda – The Science of Self-Healing by Vasant Lad

Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens

Bhagavad Gita
The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 24, 2013

AIReal Yoga

Our honored friend and customer AIReal Yoga in Ventura, California offers a high-flying spin on traditional yoga classes, using Barefoot Yoga Mats. AIReal Yoga is a form of yoga using a swiveling hammock as a tool to help balance, assist in correcting alignment, deepening stretches and inverting without compressing the spine. It can be beneficial for beginners and advanced yogis alike, and people love it for relieving tension and stress as well as building core strength.

AIReal Yoga AIReal Yoga

For more information about this unique style of yoga, visit their website at, and for more information about Barefoot Yoga’s eco-friendly mats, visit!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 20, 2013

Grace’s Pick of the Week: The Key Muscles of Yoga

Grace’s product Pick of the Week is the book “The Key Muscles of Yoga” by Ray Long: “Whether you are just curious or plan on taking a teacher’s course, this book is a great reference. It is suitable for the beginner or the the experienced yogi as you will refer to it again and again. This book is beautifully illustrated with comprehensive descriptions of bones and muscles and how it relates to each yoga movement.”

The Key Muscles of Yoga

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 18, 2013

Objects of Meditation: Yoga @ MOHAI

Yoga Class at MOHAIEvery Saturday in September, teachers from 8 Limbs Yoga will be conducting morning Hatha yoga classes at MOHAI. This will be held at the Grand Atrium and all levels are welcome. Doors open at 8:10 am (closes at 8:40, so don’t be late!). Free to all unless you want to explore the museum after the class, in which case, the usual museum fees will apply. Bring your own mat!

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

Free Yoga event on Saturday in Seattle!

Fit Mob

Ease your way into fall with a free yoga session at Lake Union Park this Saturday, September 7, offered by FitMob! Join professional instructors Lara Hedin, Kathleen Meehan Lorenzo and Dawn Jansen as they teach you how to use yoga to improve both your physical and mental health. Workouts will be catered to all fitness levels.

Location – Lake Union Park in Seattle, WA
Date – Saturday, September 7, 2013
Start Time – 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. workout

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 5, 2013