5 Ways to Freshen Up For Spring!

It’s that time of year again – filled with blooming flowers, sunshine, and a renewed sense of possibility. Whether it’s going out on a spontaneous weekend getaway, throwing a beach BBQ, or enjoying sunrise yoga at your local park, it’s the perfect time of year to freshen up your routine and have an adventure.

Below, we’ve added five of our favorite ways to refresh and reinvigorate our lives – and particularly our practices – this time of year!

1. Try out a new prop

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There’s nothing like adding a Silk Sari Eye Pillow (to make Sivasana simply heavenly) or trying out a new, brightly colored Practice Strap to add a touch of flair and freshness to your practice!

 

2. Indulge in a new outfit

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Same goes for clothing – with a whole selection of brightly colored OMgirl fashions in a range of beautiful dyes sure to put a spring in your step, even we have trouble keeping our hands off it!

 

3. Clean eating and trying out new recipes

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Out of the cold and cozy winter, and into the bright and sunny warmth! Eating light, produce filled and low carb meals can be a great way to feel like your optimum springtime self.

 

4. Try a new kind of yoga or take a class from a new teacher

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Getting stuck in the same routines can extend to your practice too! Granted, keeping with a positive routine and feeling stuck in a routine are very different things. But, trying out a new type of yoga or a new teacher can be a great way to explore new perspectives and ways of practicing – maybe ways that you didn’t even expect to realize!

 

5. Take a moment to stop and relax

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It’s easy to always be in motion and keep yourself moving. Give yourself a gift and slow down for a moment away from screens (all screens), and sit down on a Zafu, on a mat, or simply with a good book. Taking just a few moments when you’re able to relax and refresh can make a huge positive impact on both physical and mental clarity and peace. Not to mention that it’s just a lovely feeling to relax and take a moment to enjoy life!

To take a moment to fulfill all of your yoga prop, clothing, and mat needs, come visit us at barefootyoga.com today!

 

Posted under Food and Cooking, Health and Fitness, Yoga Clothing, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Carolina on April 29, 2015

Yoga Shop of the Month:
Rainbow Grocery

Rainbow GroceryThis month we’re highlighting one of our favorite long-time customers, Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco. When we were starting out more than 15 years ago, Barefoot Yoga was also based out of San Francisco, and we began selling our yoga mat bags at Rainbow Grocery in the early days. We’re happy to say that we’ve been working with them ever since!

Rainbow Grocery is a worker-owned cooperative that focuses on health, sustainability, and fair labor practices. They first operated in the 1970s as a bulk food-buying program for a local ashram. After establishing themselves as a non-profit organization, the co-op expanded their product selection beyond food, and became a sort of general store for the health and eco conscious consumer. Over time they’ve blossomed into a renowned Bay-area store with a great selection of vegetarian foods, bath and body products, housewares and gifts. They set themselves apart from chain health food stores by remaining authentic to their founders’ vision of locally sourced foods, community outreach, and providing a living wage to their worker-owners.

If you’re in the Bay area, visit Rainbow Grocery to check out their amazing selection of products including Barefoot Yoga eye pillows, yoga rugs, and yoga mat bags.

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Posted under Yoga Studios, Yoga Supplies

This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 16, 2014

Yoga for Stress Relief

Stress is an integral part of our lives, whether at home or at work. Stress is a reaction to our environment, when we are overwhelmed or feel incapable about handling a situation. A little stress is a good motivational to get something done or solve a problem. Constant and prolonged stress causes anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, eating disorders not to mention the more serious symptoms like hypertension. Here are some poses to help relief that stress when you need it:

Child’s Pose – This child-like pose is very relaxing as it gently stretches the back. This is the go-to pose when you need relief in the middle of your practice or the middle of the day. This restorative pose is a also beneficial to the nervous and lymphatic systems.

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Supported Bridge Pose – The gentle support offers relief from headaches, back aches, insomnia and supposedly aids high blood pressure as well.

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Standing Forward Bend – This pose allows the reversal of blood flow and it’s a great stretch for the hamstrings, thighs and hips. Holding this pose with bent knees offers relief from fatigue and mild depression.

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For yoga supplies including eco-friendly mats and props, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

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

This post was written by Grace on September 11, 2014