5 Ways to Show Your Sweetheart Love this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast! How do you show your love? Well, if you need any help in the area, we’ve listed some of our favorite ways to celebrate the day of love below:

1. Try a new activity together

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This is an awesome thing to do any time of the year – not just on Valentine’s Day! Try out a new activity neither of you have done together, or do something that one of you normally does alone. Does your partner usually go out solo for a morning SUP yoga session? Then try doing it together – you might be surprised how it opens up a new aspect of your partner’s life and brings you both closer together!

2. Give a thoughtful gift

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A thoughtful gift can be many things, from a new yoga mat to replace the old, worn out one they’ve been talking about for ages, or a classic Valentine’s Day bouquet of flowers! The key is to give a gift with intention – think back over things they’ve mentioned wanting, and take time to think about what they would truly enjoy. If they’re an avid yogi, a bolster is a great prop to step up their personal collection. Or, if your sweetheart enjoys meditating, try out one of our beautiful Zafu meditation cushions or silk eye pillows!

3. Do something kind

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There’s nothing so subtle, yet lovely, as doing something thoughtful for your partner. Surprise them with something simple and helpful, like doing the laundry, or ask if they want to come with you for a spontaneous yoga practice out in nature (depending on the weather, of course!). Whatever the action, it’s a sure way to show your partner how much you care.

4. Remember that it’s good to be unique

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It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of Valentine’s Day, but remember that it’s important (and awesome) to stay true to the way you and your partner celebrate each other. Whether it’s meditating together, going on a hike, or simply staying in with some yummy food, do what feels good for you both!

5. Say what you appreciate and love about the other

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This is another thing that’s wonderful to do no matter the time of year. Vocalizing the things you love, appreciate, and value about your significant other is a powerful and loving thing to do. An unexpected side effect is the surprise you may feel by finding out new things that you didn’t even realize your partner appreciated about you, and vice versa.

Come visit us today at BarefootYoga.com for all your Valentine’s Day gift needs at amazing prices!

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This post was written by Carolina on February 11, 2016

Best products for a better yoga practice

It all begins the moment we roll out the mat, but hold the pose—not every practice leaves you feeling blissful and ready to take on the world. So what makes one practice feel like a path to enlightenment, and another a struggle to get through? Maybe it isn’t so much about the teacher, the studio or you, but about the products we can use to get the most out of a yoga session. Here are some great items to keep the yoga in the Yogi and Yogini.

  • Yoga Mat – It really does all begin the moment you roll out your mat finding the right mat for me was what set me up for the best practices I can think of. The Original Eco Yoga Mat is simply one of the best and most earth-conscious yoga mats available today, it even feels like you are walking barefoot on earth. There are no chemical additives used and its rubber underside grips the floor while the jute offers superb traction even in a heavy sweat. It is a highly durable, tactile, and provides a pleasant surface to practice on.

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  • Yoga Towels – Sometimes yoga practice can get a little sweaty and slippery, the Skidless Yoga Towel is designed specifically for yoga practice to prevent slipping and is especially nice and compact for travel. When the room heats up and your Vinyasa is in full flow, lay this towel from over your mat to keep yourself from slipping.

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  • Yoga Socks – And other times when a towel is just not enough or you cant seem to find a yoga towel around, these functional and durable slip-free yoga socks will keep your feet covered and comfortable, they are quite travel friendly as well since you are able to just throw them on quickly. The silicone dots on the sole stabilize and grip your yoga mat, floor or any surface during your practice! They’re perfect for yoga, Pilates and Barre.

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  • Yoga Clothing – My best yoga experience also started when I changed my regular sports bra, t-shirt and leggings to nicely fitted and breathable yoga inspired clothing. Feel comfortable and current in the latest collection by OMgirl their soft, breathable blend of organic cotton and lycra make these one of best yoga clothing out there! – A must-have for the avid yogi.

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  • Yoga Blocks – When you need that extra support for a deeper and stronger practice think about using Yoga Blocks, yoga blocks provide the stability needed for optimal alignment, deeper poses and increased strength. These eco-friendly foam blocks add stability and length to your postures. Lightweight, durable and easy to grip the eco-friendly foam yoga block is also made from the highest quality, non-toxic material with no chemical odor.

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This post was written by Sylvia on December 21, 2015

Yoga Poses for Morning, Noon, and Night: Starting (and ending!) Your Day in the Best Way Possible

Morning:

CatCowPose

What an awesome stretch to start the day! If you’ve tried it before, you know how satisfying cat-cow pose it. It helps to stretch out your back and abdomen muscles, while still being a calming stretch that helps you start your day in a relaxed and restored way.

 

DownwardDog

Another great stretch for the beginning of the day! This will help wake you up and do away with some of that morning stiffness.

 

CamelPose

You’ve stretched out your back, now time for the front! Camel pose is a great way to open up your chest, torso, and hip flexors, readying you for the day ahead.

 

Noon:

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Practicing warrior one midday, as well as transitioning into warrior two and three, is a great way to energize the middle of your day! Whether you’ve got a case of afternoon sleepiness, or your day has been a whirlwind that doesn’t show signs of slowing down, practicing some warrior poses will help to refresh, and refocus your mind and allow you to access a renewed sense of personal empowerment for a wonderful afternoon. (These are also ideal poses if you don’t have your mat with you!)

 

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Night:

Upwarddog

Ah, the time to wind down, relax, and cozy up. These three poses are a great way to get your body and mind into a bedtime state of mind. Upward dog provides a deep and relaxing stretch, helping to work out the tensions accumulated throughout the day. Try doing it on your squishiest mat or on your rug for optimum comfort.

 

LegsUptheWall

This is another pose that will help to stretch you out and wind you down! And, it’s another pose ideally used with rug, mat, or blanket (depending on the level of support needed) placed underneath your back for comfort.

 

CorpsePose

This pose is the closest you’re going to get to actually laying down in bed, so why not do it right before bedtime? Take as many deep breaths as you need, and help yourself wind down and let go of any burdens from the day that are holding you down. Allow them to be released and make way for the new day to come.

To find any of the yoga products used in these photos, such as props, blankets, mats, and more, go to www.barefootyoga.com!

Please Note: All forms of exercise involve a risk of personal injury, so be mindful of what you are doing and cease to perform any of these exercises if any pain occurs and/or consult with your physician before beginning practice. Namaste.

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This post was written by Carolina on October 7, 2015