Yoga Revival – Week 13: Yoga Elation and the Mysore Practice Rug


I’ve discovered yoga practice can lead to feelings of elation. Endorphins are released, circulation palpably increases, and a peaceful synchronization occurs between mind and body. The cylinders are primed to fire at peak capacity.

I experienced some of this yoga elation the other day after finally dragging myself up and out for a morning hot Hatha Yoga class at YogaBliss on Mercer Island, lead by a seasoned instructor named Jonathan Bowra. His strength, lightheartedness, and insights helped push me through 90 minutes of mostly core movements, giving way to slippery sun salutations.

On the way out of my house, I grabbed my Manduka Pro yoga mat – considered by many the best of all mats. Its density provides a bouncing sensation that makes me feel like I have the strength of 10 Grinches when I practice on it. But in my hurry to get to class on time (nothing like a hurried yogi) I forgot to grab my rug – which is what I needed most – to lay on my mat and absorb all that sweat. And so I worked my core muscles hard to hold those sweat drenched downward dogs and triangles, but my feet did slip a few times, once in a way that felt dangerously close to causing a significant leg injury.

I’ve found the best surface for sweaty yoga is a thin or dense mat with a practice rug over it. So next time I won’t forget because the exhilaration of a hot yoga class is well worth it, and should be done in the safest way – on a non-slip surface.

For the rest of the day I felt heavily anchored to the ground, yet with energy surging upwards in kind of a perfect balance. Calmly elated simply to be!


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This post was written by David on October 2, 2015

Barefoot Yoga’s Fall Favorites!



With orange undertones and a flourish of green that makes you think of the changing leaves outside, you’ll understand why the Padmini Lotus Eye Pillow was designed with Autumn in mind. Made with beautiful Indian Silk, the Sari fabric we use has a richness to it that feels so nice on the skin.


With temperatures changing so much between the days and the evening, it is nice to have a piece that adjusts throughout the day. You can cinch it up close as it gets cold, or you can let it hang down in an open robe-like jacket with layers beneath.  Check out our full selection of Sweaters and Wraps to keep you warm as the seasons change.


As the days grow shorter we find the temperature beginning to drop. Curl up for the cold weather with a cozy blanket in one of many vibrant colors. These work great as a yoga prop or an extra blanket to have around the house or car on a cold day.


Nothing says fall is here like the color of this mat! It will make you think of pumpkins, spices, and sipping coffee on a crisp morning. This is the mat to kickstart you back into practice as you shed the lazy habits of summer.


Our Silk Zafus are made from authentic Indian Sari Fabrics. With Fall being a time to nest back into the home, the luxury of these Zafus will help keep your cabin fever at bay. They offer a wonderful way to enhance your meditation, or to simply provide a seat closer to the ground.

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This post was written by Patrick on September 16, 2015

Yoga in Hollywood

From Miley Cyrus to Woody Harrelson, yoga has found its niche with Hollywood celebrities! Read below about how the practice of yoga has impacted the lives of some of our favorite celebs:

1. Russell Brand



Celeb Yoga Quote: “One of the great sadnesses of modern life, because of our disenfranchisement and disillusionment with religion, is that we don’t have access to these ideas. Yoga and meditation, for me, is a way of, in this secular world, accessing very very beautiful principles that would perhaps make us happier, at a time when people feel disillusioned with the economy, concerned about the ecology, worried with politicians, and don’t trust what they’re being told on television.”

2. Madonna




Celeb Yoga Quote: “Yoga is a metaphor for life. You have to take it really slowly. You can’t rush. You can’t skip to the next position. You find yourself in very humiliating situations, but you can’t judge yourself. You just have to breathe, and let go. It is a workout for your mind, your body, and your soul.”

 3Britney Spears



If we weren’t already impressed with Britney Spears’ accomplishments in the world of classic pop hits, we’re even more impressed now! Between being a mother of two (to Jayden, 8, and Sean, 9) and performing at her residence show at the Axis in Las Vegas, the pop superstar also makes time for practicing some poses.

Celeb Yoga Quote: “You know I really love doing Yoga. And I have two separate trainers that come in, we play with it, I don’t like doing the same thing all the time, I like to change it up, so it’s like, it keeps it fun and interesting for me, so it’s not so boring. But my main ritual is Yoga. I do a lot of Yoga.”

4. Adam Levine



Celeb Yoga Quote: “Maybe more than anything else, yoga teaches you to be still and calm under challenging circumstances.”

5. Christy Turlington



6. Lea Michele



The Glee star always looks (and sounds!) amazing to us, and at least one of those two things is credited to a regular yoga practice! The star and songstress also hikes regularly and eats clean, healthy food to keep her mind and body in tip top shape.

Celeb Yoga Quote: “I do yoga every single day in my backyard and I go on a long hike every week.”


7. Woody Harrelson



Celeb Yoga Quote: “Yoga is the best thing for your sex life. It keeps you limber in all kinds of ways. It teaches you to love your body and your partner’s body. But more than anything, it keeps your mind liquid, and nothing’s sexier than that.”


8. Miley Cyrus Courtesy Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus instagram yoga


The former Hannah Montana star turned somewhat-scandalous and often scantily dressed singer does a mean Half Lord of the Fishes pose while wearing a sunny yoga outfit – and we can’t help but love her look!

Looking for a similar style? Check out our collection of Liquido leggings and brightly colored Hybrid Eco Mats!

Celeb Yoga Quote: “Life is about balance. #party #yoga #veggies #partyharder #moreyoga #moreveggies”

Looking for clothes, mats, props, and more to look and feel great? Check us out today at!


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This post was written by Carolina on September 14, 2015