Grace’s Pick of the Week:
Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks

The Indian Rosewood, or dalbergia sissoo is a premium timber used for making musical instruments, furniture, carvings, tools and boats. It is very durable and strong with naturally golden to dark brown tones. As a block, it gives great support and stability. Our Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks are a beautiful sustainable prop for your yoga practice.

Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks

To browse all of our eco yoga props, including Rosewood and Bamboo Yoga Blocks, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Grace on July 29, 2014

Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Farzaneh Noori

Farzaneh NooriOur teacher of the month for July is Farzaneh Noori, co-founder of Yoga House in Pasadena, California. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years, and has studied with a number of influential yogis in the process, including Tias Little, Paul Grilley and Jill Miller. She focuses strongly on the healing properties of yoga, and some of her most popular classes include Prenatal Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer.

Farzaneh began her Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer classes in 2012. After her own cancer diagnosis and treatment, she attributed her recovery in a large part to the practice of yoga, and wanted to share its healing benefits with others coping with the disease. The classes are offered free of charge as a service to the community, and over time attendance has blossomed from a few participants to 20 or 30 per class. According to Yoga House’s website, “Each class offers a synthesis of several natural healing modalities: restorative yoga; gentle yoga; breath work; meditation; and hands-on healing, all of which promote a state of deep relaxation which enhances the body’s ability to heal itself.”

Yoga House was co-founded by Farzaneh Noori and Bruce Schwartz in 1997 and they’re a valued long-time customer of Barefoot Yoga, offering our yoga mats, bags, eye pillows and more. To experience Farzaneh’s inspiring and healing classes for yourself, visit Yoga House in Pasadena!

Posted under Health and Fitness, Yoga Studios, Yoga Supplies, Yoga Teachers

This post was written by Lauren on July 24, 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

Top 5 Tips for Your First Yoga Class

Excited for that first class but don’t know quite what to expect when it comes to etiquette? Check out our list of do’s and don’ts below to get in the know!

Yoga Class

1. Try to get there about 10-15 minutes early (and don’t be late if you can help it!), and once you’re there, stay for the whole time. It’s disruptive to others to get up and go before you’ve gotten your Savasana in.

Cake

2. Don’t eat for 2-3 hours before class! This is an important one, even more so than the old “wait an hour after eating to go swimming”. If you eat too soon or too much before class, it’s possible you’ll experience nausea, cramps, or even vomiting (especially in a pose like prayer twist!)

Intention

3. Create an intention. Creating an intention before class and holding it during can help keep you centered and focused. Your intention can be anything from aiming to be more compassionate or kind to simply intending to be in the moment and not let your mind wander to what the next days holds. After class, reflect on both what you learned and how you feel. Awareness and reflection is key, in both expanding your practice and your mind.

Class Props

4. Treat studio props with care and respect. After class, pick up and neatly put them away for the next yogi to use.

Savasana Cat

5. Be kind and gentle to yourself; don’t push it. Listen to what your body tells you and don’t strive for that perfect warrior pose if you’re body says no. It’s also helpful to let your teacher know about any injuries so they can help you find what works for you.

Need to stock up on some props before that first class? Come visit us at BarefootYoga.com to find everything you need!

Posted under Health and Fitness, Yoga Studios, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Carolina on July 17, 2014

Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
Mexican Yoga Blankets

Our Deluxe Mexican Yoga Blankets are made from a blend of recycled cotton and acrylic yarns, for a thick blanket that’s luxuriously soft. The blankets are available in a rainbow of beautiful colors, in three different styles: Solid, Thunderbird and Striped.

Mexican Blanket - Solid

A Mexican Blanket may be one of the most versatile yoga props – you can fold them to use in place of a bolster, roll them up for a bit of extra support in restorative practice, or drape one across yourself for warmth during Savasana. To learn more about our Mexican Yoga Blankets and other essential props, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Barefoot Yoga Mexican Blanket

Posted under Pick of the Week, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Lauren on July 2, 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

Yoga Studio of the Month:
Yoga Yoga

The name ‘Yoga Yoga’ came about from teaching two forms of yoga at the same time in a newly leased studio for owners Mehtab and his wife. This was in the year 1997, after sporadic practice before that of almost 20 years. A life crisis motivated them to delve into their beloved Kundalini practice and discover their passion for Ashtanga and Hatha yoga.

Yoga YogaToday, they welcome their students to 4 studios in Texas to continue on their journey of self-discovery. They aspire to ‘make it for more people, for all people, to do yoga’. Their experiences with different forms of yoga gave them an appreciation of the benefits and beauty of each type of practice, and the people they attract. They embrace and strive for diversity in their teaching forms, focusing on their students. Teachers are encouraged to teach from their hearts and connect with their students in the spirit of yoga.

Yoga Yoga believes in yoga of action, elevating oneself so one may elevate others. They are active in the Austin community with free yoga classes for non-profit organizations, helping families in need and fund-raising for cancer, AIDS and other research. Their teachers volunteer their time to train and pass on the tradition of teaching to aspiring candidates.

Yoga Yoga offers Kundalini, Hatha, Flow-Based Hatha, Family, Relaxation, post and pre-natal, private and business classes. You can also enjoy their spa services at their Westlake branch.

Yoga Yoga has been Barefoot Yoga’s loyal client since 2003. We applaud and encourage them for spreading yoga. See our mats, rugs, blankets, bags, eye pillows and zafus in use at their studios.

Posted under Styles of Yoga, Yoga Studios, Yoga Supplies, Yoga Teachers

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on June 26, 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