Product Picks from OMgirl’s Summer Collection

OMgirl recently released their Summer collection of yoga clothing, and we’re loving what we see! Here are a few staff picks for must-have pieces for your summer yoga wardrobe.

Concept Bra

Concept Bra

This top is seriously cute, but it’s also a high-performance bra that’s great for yoga class, jogging, or medium-impact workouts. The flattering neckline and super cool back cutouts make it our pick for best new activewear top from OMgirl.

Mindful Tank Lucky Bamboo

Mindful Tank Lucky Bamboo

In a great new take on an old favorite, OMgirl has added this gorgeous bamboo pattern to their beloved Mindful Tank. These ultra soft, sheer tanks feel amazing to wear, and they make ideal layering pieces. Try wearing over a sports bra, or under a wrap.

Concept Legging

Concept Legging

Match the Concept Bra with these great new leggings, featuring a comfy roll-down waist and eye-catching crisscross cutouts at the ankles. Made of a blend of cotton, poly, and curve-hugging lycra, they stretch with you as you move.

Practice Cardi

Practice Cardi

On those breezy summer nights, you’ll be in heaven with the new Practice Cardi. Not too heavy and not too light, it’s made of the same silky soft cotton/modal blend as the Mindful Tank. The cardi can be worn open and drapey, or tied at the waist for a more fitted look.

Check out www.barefootyoga.com for our full collection of fun and fashionable OMgirl Clothing!

Posted under Health and Fitness, Pick of the Week, Yoga Clothing, Yoga Gift Ideas, Yoga News, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Lauren on May 22, 2015

Getting Started with Meditation

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You’ve heard for years that meditation has amazing benefits, and you’ve always meant to give it a try, but never gotten around to it. Sound familiar? There are a lot of reasons that you might be reluctant to start a regular meditation practice – maybe you think you don’t have enough time in the day, or maybe trying to quiet your mind for 20 minutes sounds like an impossible feat. But the benefits are undeniable, and it turns out that meditation is way easier than you think!

Here are a few reasons to finally give meditation a try:

  1. You don’t actually have to “clear your mind” while you meditate

The idea that meditation involves clearing your mind of all thoughts is one of the main reasons that it sounds so difficult to beginners. But it’s not necessarily true! Even Deepak Chopra says, “The nature of the mind to move from one thought to another is in fact the very basis of meditation.” Allowing your thoughts to flow freely as you meditate is fine, and over time you’ll get comfortable with letting each thought slip by without dwelling on it too much.

  1. Meditation can improve your sleep

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve insomnia, fatigue and even depression. This type of meditation in particular involves focusing on your breathing or on a positive word or phrase such as “Om” or “Relax.” Again, you don’t have to clear your mind, but try to let go of worries about the past and the future. With a little practice, this causes a relaxation response which can be used at bedtime to help get a longer and fuller night’s sleep.

  1. Meditation improves creativity and problem-solving

In our modern world, where many of us can’t sit still for 5 minutes without checking our phones, the practice of being still with your own thoughts can have great benefits. If you’re feeling overworked or mentally exhausted, it’s the perfect time to take a few minutes for a gentle meditation. For one thing, calming your emotions can help you get some perspective when you’re feeling too stressed out. On top of that, research has shown that regular meditators have better luck thinking outside the box and coming up with new and creative solutions to problems. Because of this, meditation can actually be a time saver! Why spend hours struggling with a mental block when you can get relaxed and boost your creativity at the same time?

  1. It’s not a big time commitment

You can start meditating for just a few minutes a day. To begin with, you’ll want to make yourself comfortable. You may wish to stretch lightly beforehand, especially if you meditate first thing in the morning. Wear loose or stretchy clothes that don’t pinch or bind. And sit comfortably – try a meditation cushion on the floor, or even just your bed or sofa. Once you’ve had some practice meditating, you may want to work your way up to 15 or 20 minutes a day, but there’s no hurry – be kind to yourself, and enjoy!

For all your meditation needs, come visit us today at barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Health and Fitness, Meditation, Yoga Clothing, Yoga News

This post was written by Lauren on May 15, 2015

5 Ways to Freshen Up For Spring!

It’s that time of year again – filled with blooming flowers, sunshine, and a renewed sense of possibility. Whether it’s going out on a spontaneous weekend getaway, throwing a beach BBQ, or enjoying sunrise yoga at your local park, it’s the perfect time of year to freshen up your routine and have an adventure.

Below, we’ve added five of our favorite ways to refresh and reinvigorate our lives – and particularly our practices – this time of year!

1. Try out a new prop

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There’s nothing like adding a Silk Sari Eye Pillow (to make Sivasana simply heavenly) or trying out a new, brightly colored Practice Strap to add a touch of flair and freshness to your practice!

 

2. Indulge in a new outfit

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Same goes for clothing – with a whole selection of brightly colored OMgirl fashions in a range of beautiful dyes sure to put a spring in your step, even we have trouble keeping our hands off it!

 

3. Clean eating and trying out new recipes

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Out of the cold and cozy winter, and into the bright and sunny warmth! Eating light, produce filled and low carb meals can be a great way to feel like your optimum springtime self.

 

4. Try a new kind of yoga or take a class from a new teacher

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Getting stuck in the same routines can extend to your practice too! Granted, keeping with a positive routine and feeling stuck in a routine are very different things. But, trying out a new type of yoga or a new teacher can be a great way to explore new perspectives and ways of practicing – maybe ways that you didn’t even expect to realize!

 

5. Take a moment to stop and relax

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It’s easy to always be in motion and keep yourself moving. Give yourself a gift and slow down for a moment away from screens (all screens), and sit down on a Zafu, on a mat, or simply with a good book. Taking just a few moments when you’re able to relax and refresh can make a huge positive impact on both physical and mental clarity and peace. Not to mention that it’s just a lovely feeling to relax and take a moment to enjoy life!

To take a moment to fulfill all of your yoga prop, clothing, and mat needs, come visit us at barefootyoga.com today!

 

Posted under Food and Cooking, Health and Fitness, Yoga Clothing, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Carolina on April 29, 2015