Top 6 Ways to Finally Keep that New Year’s Fitness Resolution

1. I think you know where I’m going to start with this: Yoga! Integrating yoga and meditation into your New Year’s fitness regime helps in bringing the peace of mind that you can achieve your goals. Even 15 minutes in the morning before a whirlwind Monday can ground and center you for the day ahead.

2. Forgive yourself. Saying it is not as simple as doing it, but forgive yourself. Didn’t make it to that early hot yoga class? Ate a brownie for lunch instead of some healthy fruits and veggies? Don’t sweat it. Learning to take it easy on yourself and enjoying the less healthy stuff in moderation will help you to build the self love and confidence to make those healthier choices because you know you’re worth it.

3. Have fun! Just because you’re trying to be healthier this year (aren’t we all?) doesn’t mean life needs to be stricter or less exciting; in fact, getting exercise, eating well and feeling great should make life more exciting! Pull out your mat and do some sun salutations in the park on the way home from work, take a spontaneous weekend getaway with your girlfriends to that B&B you’ve been dying to go to! Loving the fun and spontaneity of life will make you feel capable of anything, whether it’s going on that getaway or finally getting up for that Ashtanga class.

4. Make your resolution a natural part of daily life. Often New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside because they aren’t a sustainable part of our daily lives. The key to making them sustainable is naturally integrating them into your life. Find a fitness regime that works for you-something you’ll enjoy and something that isn’t going to add a stressful aspect to your life (yoga anyone?)

5. Want to do it. To me, one of the single most important elements of a successful New Year’s resolution is the drive to do it. If you don’t want to do something, why do it? Every person has different kinds of systems and routines that work for them and finding yours will feel amazing and empowering.

6. You’re not alone. Everyone wants to treat their bodies well and feel great, and for some of us that’s not an easy step to take at first. Remember that you’re not the only one!

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This post was written by Carolina on February 5, 2014

Colors and Their Meanings

Lights, lights everywhere! Tis the season and you cannot escape those colorful twinkling lights in the store, at home or on the streets. Have you ever wondered about colors and their meaning?

Red - action, confidence, courage, vitality
Blue - youth, spirituality, truth, peace
Pink - love, beauty
Brown - earth, order, convention
Orange - vitality with endurance
Gold - wealth, prosperity, wisdom
Yellow - wisdom, joy, happiness, intellectual enery
Purple - royalty , magic, mystery
Indigo - intuition, meditation, deep comtemplation
White - purity, cleanliness
Black - death, earth, stability
Grey - sorrow, security, maturity

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on December 9, 2013

November is National Gratitude Month

November has been designated National Gratitude Month. I think most of us are guilty of only thinking about what we are grateful for during the Thanksgiving holidays. GratitudeCan we make it a part of our lives the other 11 months? Research shows that grateful people have higher levels of happiness, less stress and depression and more satisfied with their lives. They tend to be more positive and better able to handle life’s obstacles.

“No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.”

~ John Greenleaf Whittier

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on November 26, 2013

The Benefits of Ginger Tea

Ginger TeaIf you are feeling cold, lethargic or down this fall, try ginger tea. Ginger Tea is a great cleanser for your digestive system and stimulates the circulatory system. It is invigorating and enhances your immune system to fight off that potential cold.

Just add a few slices of ginger to water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add lemon and honey to taste. Add the honey after the tea has cooled down a little as high heat destroys the benefits of honey.

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

Our Cotton Canvas Yoga Mat Bag at Red Dragon Yoga

In the San Francisco Chronicle‘s blog feature on businesses in San Rafael, Red Dragon Yoga studio is featured, with a photo of Barefoot Yoga’s Cotton Canvas Yoga Mat Bag.

Cotton Canvas Yoga Mat Bag in Moss Green

Cotton Canvas Yoga Mat Bag (Classic) in Moss Green

View these and our other Yoga Mat Bags at www.barefootyoga.com!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on July 18, 2012

Stay cool and cute in OMgirl this summer

Find the OMgirl Flow Tee, Bhakti Tank, and Flow Tank, and Nomad Leggings, as well as many other lightweight and summery OMgirl yoga fashions at www.barefootyoga.com!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on July 16, 2012

Silk Eye Pillow reviewed on “Taking Time for Mommy”

Meridith at “Taking Time for Mommy” reviewed one of our Barefoot Yoga Silk Solid Eye Pillows this weekend, and she’s in love!

She said in her blog post:

“Just opening the box made me audibly say, “ahhhh.”  The wonderful smell of lavender came out of the box.  Their website description of the pillow ends with the words “just surrender” and I did.  I had to immediately lie back and place the pillow across my eyes.  The pillow is filled with flax seeds that mold over your eyes blocking out the light while the lavender permeates my nostrils.  The pillow had a coolness that stayed present while I enjoyed my surrender.  I have been traveling alot more lately and with travel comes headaches so the smart folks at Barefoot yoga included a silk travel case.  The pillows come in solid colors and trendy sari designs, and are hand-washable, refillable, and adjustable (zippered opening).”

Silk Eye Pillow in Silver with Lime Piping

Silk Eye Pillow in Silver with Lime Piping

View our other fragrant and meditative Eye Pillows, including vibrant Solid Colors and beautiful Sari Patterns at www.barefootyoga.com!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on July 16, 2012

Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bags

Barefoot Yoga Co. was born out of sincere admiration of yoga and the desire to inspire its practice. The original yoga mat bag was designed in 1996 by the founder of the company, while traveling in India. Our durable Yoga Mat Bags are expertly crafted in India from an exotic assortment of quality fabrics, including traditional Indian patterns, solid colored cotton, lush cotton velvet and 100% hemp.

Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bag in Classic / Magnolia Pink

Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bag in Classic/Magnolia Pink, with Barefoot Natural Jute and PER Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

Our Cotton Velvet yoga mat bags have been a big hit with customers who love luxurious fabric but still want the practicality of a sturdy yoga mat bag.

One happy yogi says:
“Have had my eye on this bag for a while with its material, quality and style in mind. I have a Manduka black mat, and it fits perfectly!! Would also be great for a smaller mat for additional room. Love the color (and the others offered are great too), and the pocket is a wonderful addition so that I can go into class with keys and not have to carry another bag.”

Check out our variety of yoga mat bags on our website now!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 21, 2012