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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Posted under Eco-Friendly Yoga Products, Pick of the Week, Yoga Clothing, Yoga Gift Ideas, Yoga Mats, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Sylvia on December 21, 2015

Yoga Revival – Week 19: Yoga Time Management & the Strap

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When I began my yoga revival back in June, I committed to a half hour 6 days a week. With the exception of some travel weeks, and extra busy weeks, I’ve stuck to this. I’m now midway through week 19.

My summer asana practices were generally heat inducing sun salutations, with a few standing poses, and a brief sitting meditation. But my daily yoga practice has not evolved into as much time doing asana as I anticipated back in June. Frequently I do not get my practice in before the evening meal, and often wind up sitting for 30 minutes of meditation afterwards – with at least a semi-full belly. This is always challenging, and often rewarding. But I do want more asana. My head maybe tight, but my muscles are tighter.

I realize that the evolution of my yoga practice is as much (or more) about time management than anything else. I find my eating schedule is the biggest challenge, but lately I feel like I’ve overcome this to a large extent, thanks to the practice strap.

When I do a forward bend shortly after eating, I instantly feel discomfort (and indigestion if I continue for long). But if I lie on my back, and lasso my foot with a practice strap, I can get that all-important hamstring stretch without discomfort or indigestion. The strap also facilitates one of the most difficult stretches of all for me – crossed-legged knee to chest pose. My muscles over to the side of my hips (psoas?) are so tight I feel like I need a big hammer and chisel to break through them. Breathing into this stretch  ALWAYS causes me discomfort, but afterwards, when sitting cross legged (“Indian style”) I feel so much MORE comfortable. So this stretch has made its way into the daily practice. My asana practice has evolved after all.

I’m hoping my morning laziness will give way to a morning yoga practice. It’s great to get it under your belt early, and can set the tone for a great day. I think some snow this winter might help. Nothing motivates me to get out of bed like skiing, and yoga before skiing is a necessity for me.

But don’t give up on a good, needed stretch just because your belly is not empty. Grab a strap, and whatever other props you need to get comfortable, and breathe into those tight areas. There is no doubt; a little yoga goes a long way.

Posted under Health and Fitness, Meditation, Styles of Yoga, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by David on October 29, 2015

5 Best Halloween Costumes for Doing Yoga In

It’s that time of year again! A time filled with spooky fun, crunchy leaves, and delicious candy (fun sized only, please).

Below are our five favorite DIY Halloween costumes for you and all the spooky, Halloween-loving yogis in your life!

*Please note that all of the costume ideas below have been carefully curated for the utmost comfort and flexibility in case you need to strike a yoga pose – as we at Barefoot Yoga often do.

1. Skeleton

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We love this cute and classic look! Start by throwing on a pair of black leggings and a long-sleeved black top. Then, click here for awesome DIY instructions on how to easily add the bones! This costume can be used time and again for a comfy and cute Halloween look. However, if you’d prefer not to paint on a beloved set of yoga clothes, you can also try this DIY method, which only involves cutting up an old tee instead of painting directly on fabric.

 2. “Downward Facing” Dog

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Puns! Who doesn’t love ‘em? Only people who wouldn’t dress up as one, that’s who!

What’s needed in this costume, you ask? Your favorite leggings, top, wrap (if it’s chilly, which it probably is) and a stuffed dog. Step 1? Affix stuffed dog upside down on shirt using a strap set up or glue. Step 2? Done.

 3. Black Cat

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Me-ow! With the recent popularity of feline yoga classes, cats and yogis have never paired better. Check out this slideshow, which has a variety of different cat costume makeup looks! And, if you’re feeling extra frisky (pun intended) pick up some cat ears and a tail from your local costume shop!

4. Celebrity leaving yoga class

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Head down, fast walk, sunglasses on, yoga mat bag over shoulder. Ideal if your main focus is to slip unnoticed through a crowd of festive and be-costumed people (perhaps to get home for scary movie watching) rather than join them.

5. Marathon runner

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Comfiness alert! Throw on your fav yoga pants, some medals from assorted spelling bee and singing competitions from your childhood, and you’re good to go. (For extra authenticity, print out a marathon bib online to pin to your top!)

Costume Modification: If you are actually a marathon runner, please proceed using your own medals and ignore our suggestions.

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Have a happy and safe Halloween, yogis!

To find all of the cute and comfy clothing and yoga props needed to complete your yoga-ful Halloween look, visit us today at barefootyoga.com!

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

This post was written by Carolina on October 27, 2015