5 Yoga Essentials to Bring Along to Summer Yoga Fests

With all the amazing yoga festivals this summer, it’s understandable that it’s hard to choose which ones to go to, but it shouldn’t be hard to pack for them! Find all of our must-have accessories for your summer yoga festivals below! 1. Mat – Obvious? Yes. Necessary? Definitely! We recommend a lightweight mat that will provide great traction and cushion while being easy as pie to carry with you wherever your summer adventures take you. Check out our new Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat for the perfect blend of ease and quality! Hybrid Eco-Lite Mats 2. Bag – Another necessity for both functionality and fun! A yoga mat bag allows you to bring everything you need with you while adding an awesome dose of style to any occasion, whether it’s biking to Bhakti Fest West or hopping in the car to Pranafest! Diamond Jacquard Yoga Mat Bag 3. Cute Clothes – Who doesn’t want to practice yoga, listen to great music, and look good doing it?? Check out our huge selection of Prana and OMgirl clothing for your ideal summer yoga festival attire. We recommend going with a cropped, comfy pant, lightweight tank, and a cozy sweater to wrap up in after the sun sets. Yoga Clothing 4. Mat Wipes/Spray – While on the go, you want to be thinking about fun, not noticing how dirty your mat has become. Stock up on some mat wipes or spray to always have the pleasantness of a good smelling mat with none of the hassle. Stirlen Yoga Mat Spray 5. Water Bottle – It’s hot. Really hot. 100 degrees hot. But wait! You have your water bottle, and therefore everything you need to keep cool, hydrated, and healthy. Check out our BPA-free and supremely durable glass and silicone water bottles to keep you hydrated this summer! Glass Water Bottles To find everything you need and more for all your summer festivities, check out BarefootYoga.com today!

Posted under Yoga Clothing, Yoga Conferences, Yoga Events, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Carolina on August 5, 2014

Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags

Our beautiful Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags come in a variety of authentic Indian sari patterns and a rainbow of beautiful colors. They are large enough to hold yoga mats of almost any size, and come with a comfortably wide strap for carrying over the shoulder or cross-body. The front pocket can easily hold your keys, phone and wallet for trips to the yoga studio. Pair a bag with one of our Hybrid Eco-Lite Mats for a perfectly color-coordinated ensemble!

Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bag

 

For our full selection of vibrant Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags, as well as many other yoga necessities, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Lauren on July 22, 2014

5 Mats for 5 Practices: Finding What Works for You

Need help figuring out what the ideal mat is for your ideal practice? Look no further than our list below!

1. Travel Yoga

Travel Yoga

Now that’s what we call dedication – and also what we would call a situation ideal for a travel mat!

Need a mat you can bring with you no matter where life takes you? Then a Travel Mat may be exactly what you’re looking for! Its thin, lightweight design makes it the perfect mat to fold up into the front pocket of your suitcase or backpack.

However, many yogis find a travel mat too thin to provide substantial support on its own, which explains its popularity on top of more padded surfaces (such as a hotel room floor or on a grassy lawn). If you’re looking for a mat that’s still extremely easy to transport but has a little more heft, check out our new Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat! It’s likely to become your new favorite mat whether you’re Bali bound or relaxing at home.

2. Restorative or Prenatal Yoga

Restorative Yoga

In need of a bolster, soothing eye pillow, or blanket to complete your comfort? We’ve got you covered!

If you’re practicing a more gentle form of yoga, such as restorative, gentle, or prenatal yoga, some extra support and cushion is going to come in handy. We recommend a ¼” Hybrid Eco Mat to facilitate in comfort, style, and function!

3. Bikram/Hot/Power Yoga

Hot Yoga

When practicing Bikram, hot, or power yoga, we find that the best mat is going to be one on the thinner side with superior traction to keep from slipping (especially with Bikram or hot yoga!). Check out our new Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat or Performance Grip Mat to get the grounding and traction you need.

4. Hatha Yoga

Pattabhi Jois

World renowned teacher and Ashtanga yoga pioneer Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Hatha yoga covers a broad aspect of yoga, and is basically the incorporation of postures and breathwork into your practice and includes popular styles such as Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga.

If you’re just starting out and aren’t quite sure if or what specific yoga style speaks to you, we recommend starting with a good quality mat. Especially one that will provide great traction and cushion while giving a beginner yogi the chance to explore what their personal practice and prop style is. We recommend going with a 1/8” mat like our 1/8” Hybrid Eco Mat or a Natural Jute & PER Mat.

5. Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga

Even aerial yogis need to come down for a landing! When they do, a mat that provides a sturdy, grounded surface is ideal. Try out a 1/8” or thinner mat, like our 1/8” Hybrid Eco Mat, Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat, or, for a more textured traction check out our Natural Jute & PER Mat.

Want to keep exploring what props work for you? Come visit us at BarefootYoga.com to expand your practice today!

Posted under Styles of Yoga, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Carolina on July 1, 2014

Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
E.C.O. Mat by prAna

My product pick for this week is prAna’s E.C.O. Mat. These eco-conscious yoga mats are made of 100% Thermoplastic Elastomer, a toxin-free alternative to the usual PVC yoga mat. They’re lightweight, offer great cushion and traction, and are available in 4 bold two-tone colors that are sure to appeal to everyone!

E.C.O. Mat by PrAna

 

To browse our huge variety of eco yoga mats, as well as other earth-friendly yoga supplies and clothing, visit us at www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Yoga Clothing, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 19, 2014

Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco Mat
Featured in June Yoga Journal


Yoga Journal June 2014

Barefoot Yoga’s Hybrid Eco Mat in Mandarin orange was featured in the June issue of Yoga Journal:

Barefoot Hybrid Eco Mat in Yoga Journal

Our mat is being carried by prAna’s Yoga Mat Harness, which is also available at www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Press, Yoga Mats

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on May 22, 2014

The Barefoot Yoga List of Essentials for Beginner Yogis

Just getting started and don’t know where to begin? Fear not! Below is our list of must-haves for beginner yogis.

1. The Mat: Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat

Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat

A fresh twist on our signature Hybrid Eco Mat, our Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat offers the same traction and performance, with an even smaller carbon footprint and 15% lighter weight!

2. The Rug: Mysore Practice Rug

Mysore Practice Rug - Bengal Blue

Our Mysore Practice Rugs offer traction superior to any other. Available in a variety of colors and woven in the traditional Indian style, these rugs are sure to improve your grip and performance. Another plus? Their traction gets even better with moisture, and some yogis even spray their rugs down with water before practice! So get in there and don’t be afraid to sweat a little (or a lot!)

3. The Block: Ultra Firm Foam Block

Ultra Firm Foam Blocks

Our new Ultra Firm Foam Block combines the best of both worlds: weighing in at less than 1 pound each, these blocks are incredibly easy to transport while being nearly as hard as wood. Never fear squishy edges or a tired back from carrying blocks around again!

4. The Strap: Brass D-Ring Practice Strap

Yoga Practice Straps with Brass D-Rings

At a just-right length of 8 feet with a unique brass d-ring (not to mention available in a range of different colors), these straps offer the perfect blend of style and functionality for a new yogi.

5. The Bag: Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bag

Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags

If you’re looking for a bag that’s eye catching, durable, and well priced, you can stop searching! Our sari patterned yoga mat bags are available in a wide variety of beautiful Indian-inspired patterns that are guaranteed to invoke a flurry of “Where did you get that?!” at your next (or first!) class.

To find exactly what you’re looking for whether you’re a newbie or seasoned pro, visit us at BarefootYoga.com today!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Mysore Practice Rugs, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Carolina on May 1, 2014

Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
the Original Eco Yoga Mat

April is Earth Month! Give some love to Mother Earth with environmentally friendly yoga products. Our Original Eco Mat is all-natural and completely biodegradable. Made with natural jute fiber and rubber, it feels like practicing on the ground! With zero chemical additives, this is a great gift for the eco-conscious yogi.
*Does contain latex (naturally occurring in rubber)

Original Eco Mat

Barefoot Yoga‘s eco-friendly products include a number of other earth-conscious yoga mats, yoga props such as our Bamboo Blocks, and a huge selection of yoga clothing made with organic and recycled materials!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Yoga Clothing, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Lauren on April 23, 2014

Circle Practice

Circle Practice

You may have been to some studios where yogis and yoginis practice in a circle. Traditionally, the teacher is at the ‘head’ of the class and the students look to the teacher. The idea of practicing in a circle is not to put the teacher up on a pedestal to be idolized and exalted. The teacher is there to keep you safe and guide you in your practice.  One should look to oneself for the ultimate teacher and focus inward into what our bodies are telling us. Or alternatively, to the other students who are ‘reflecting’ your practice. We have to be smart and kind to our body, mind and spirit.

For yoga mats and props to help with your own yoga journey, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Styles of Yoga, Yoga Mats

This post was written by Grace on February 18, 2014