6 Simple Ways to Give Your Old Yoga Mat a New Life

You’ve bought a brand new yoga mat, and now it’s time to retire the old and trusty mat that’s gotten you through years of practice. You probably don’t want to just toss your old yoga mat in the landfill, so what’s an eco-conscious yogi to do? Here are some suggestions from both Barefoot Yoga staff and customers on how to give your old mat a second life:

1. A quick-cleaning play mat

If your kids are working on messy projects with markers, clay or other things that might leave your table sticky and stained, try rolling out the yoga mat instead of newspaper. A closed cell mat will wipe down easily with household cleaner, and can be used over and over during play time!

 

2. A comfy surface for pets

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If you’re taking your furry friend for a ride in the car, laying a yoga mat out over the car seat can save your upholstery. Mats also work well as cushioning inside crates and pet carriers, and many animal shelters will welcome donations of gently used yoga mats to line their kennels.

 

3. Protection under house plants

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If you want the beauty of nature indoors without water and dirt on household surfaces, try cutting out circles of mat to sit underneath your plants. Many mats cut easily with a strong pair of scissors, and you can use a utility knife on thicker mats.

 

4. A cushion for outdoor fun

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Your well-worn yoga mat can double as a camping mat underneath your sleeping bag. Say goodbye to rocks and sticks digging into your back and enjoy sleeping comfortably in the great outdoors! You can also cut a smaller square of mat to create a portable and lightweight cushion for picnicking in the park or sitting on the bleachers at little league games.

 

5. Perfect packing material

If you’re planning a big move and need durable packing material, forget the styrofoam peanuts and try wrapping pieces of yoga mat around your fragile items. This works especially well with thicker and spongier mats.

 

6. An easy floor saver

Line the bottom of your closet with a piece of yoga mat to protect the hardwood or carpet from muddy shoes. You can also put trimmed pieces of mat under trash cans, pet food bowls, or any number of areas where a spill or stain is likely.

 

If you’re ready to retire (and repurpose!) your yoga mat, and you’re looking for a durable and high-quality replacement, visit us at www.barefootyoga.com!

 

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Health and Fitness, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Lauren on July 20, 2015

Barefoot Yoga Favorites: Summer Looks We Love!

With all the awesome clothes and beautiful props we’re lucky enough to be surrounded by everyday, we couldn’t help but spend some time thinking of our perfect summertime look from top to bottom– whether it’s for going to class and just hanging out with friends!

The Look: On the Way to Class

If you’re heading out to class, you want to feel comfy, grounded and ready for any pose! (And, it doesn’t hurt to feel put together enough to stop by the grocery store on the way home, either!)

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OMgirl Vitality Racer paired with the Alignment Bra and Hatha Capri

The Vitality Racer offers a relaxed and easy-to-wear racerback style, and we adore it paired with the simple yet eye catching design of the Alignment Bra. Add the supremely comfy Hatha Capri for a look that’s just breezy enough to keep you cool during hotter summer temperatures while providing enough coverage and flexibility for any class! (Going to a hot yoga class? Toss the tank into your mat bag and just go with the bra to keep extra cool!)

And, if you’re like us and find the ease of a yoga mat bag hard to beat, we love the look above paired with the bright, sunny colors of the Mysore Pattern Mat Bag.

Wondering what’s in our yoga mat bag on the way to class? Try an Original Eco Mat, strap, and eye pillow!

 

The Look: Day to Night

This is our current fav for a casual, comfortable look that works for grabbing a coffee and some local produce at the farmers market before having your closest pals over for a home cooked meal.

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OMgirl Goddess Tank paired with the Asana Bra and Fresh Skirt in Paradise Palm

We couldn’t help but fall in love with the breezy, tropical feel of this patterned skirt, especially when combined with the flattering, form fitting look of the Goddess Tank. Try wearing it over the classic Asana Bra for optimal coverage and support (we found the tank a bit sheer to wear all on its own!).

Then, when it rolls around to dinnertime we love using the Mandala Embroidered Zafu for a comfortable and intimate way to dine with friends. This is especially convenient if you’re having a larger number of people over, or if you’re a city dweller whose coffee table doubles as a dining one!

Want to take a look online to put together your own favorite ensembles? Come visit us at barefootyoga.com! We’ve got you covered – no matter the sporty, cute, or casual style you’re looking for!

 

Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Food and Cooking, Health and Fitness, Meditation, Yoga Clothing, Yoga Gift Ideas, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Carolina on July 16, 2015

Featured Studio: Yoga Center of Minneapolis

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Founded in 2000, Yoga Center of Minneapolis has become an important fixture in the city’s yoga community. Their mission is “to make yoga accessible to everyone at every stage of life,” and they truly deliver on this goal by offering classes ranging from their Absolute Beginner Class to advanced teacher training.

They have a number of specialty programs, including a class for plus-size men and women which was created by Yoga Center’s founder, Jennifer Gray. The class promotes the idea that “Every Body is a Yoga Body,” and helps students to gain confidence and reduce anxiety. Another fun and popular class is Happy Hour Yoga, a one hour slow flow Vinyasa class for only $8.00!

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Yoga Center of Minneapolis gives back to their community through the Karma Yoga Fund, which raises money via weekly donation-based classes. These funds go towards providing yoga classes to those facing life-threatening illness and economic disadvantage. They also encourage their teacher trainees to make it a priority to donate their time and energy to bring yoga to those who need it.

Barefoot Yoga has been proud to call Yoga Center of Minneapolis a valued customer for over a decade, and you can find a number of our products at Yoga Center’s boutique, including our Hybrid Eco Mats, Yoga Mat Bags and Zafus.

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Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Health and Fitness, Meditation, Styles of Yoga, Yoga Mats, Yoga News, Yoga Studios, Yoga Supplies, Yoga Teachers

This post was written by Lauren on July 14, 2015