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

Chill Head to Toe –
Barefoot Yoga’s Sari Eye Pillow in August Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal August 2014Barefoot Yoga’s Silk Sari Pattern Eye Pillow was photographed for Yoga Journal’s August feature about Ayurveda inspired yoga props for Summer!

Yoga Journal writes, “Because fire manifests as light and heat, pitta manages vision. Eyes can get dry and irritated from sun exposure. Covering them with a silk eye pillow filled with lavender (studies show the scent helps dial down anxiety and promote deep sleep) relaxes your hardworking eyes and allows you to focus on your breath.”

Barefoot Yoga Silk Sari Eye Pillow  Sari-EP-Yoga-Journal-Aug-2014

 

To try our beautiful Silk Eye Pillows, available in a huge variety of authentic sari patterns, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Posted under Barefoot Yoga News, Press, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on August 1, 2014

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