Jalanhandra Bandha

August 7, 2014

Jalanhandra Bandha is the throat lock that regulates breath and energy to blood vessels and your neck. It is said to aid in sinus problems as well as well as the circulatory and respiratory systems. Is it performed in conjunction with breath exercises. To do Jalanhandra Bandha, sit cross-legged or with your bottom on your heels. Place palms up on your knees and inhale deeply, lower your chin to your neck while raising the sternum to meet your chin. Straighten your arms and pull your chin further back and hold as long as you can. On exiting, inhale some more and lift your chin, the exhale.

Jalanhandra Bandha

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Grace’s Pick of the Week:
OMgirl Vinyasa Cami

August 7, 2014

The Vinyasa Cami has a racerback that allows unimpeded freedom in movement. It has a shirred front for style and comfort. Try the Glamouflage print for a one-of-a-kind dye pattern. Made of 92% organic cotton and a touch of Lycra for shape and stretch.

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Check out our full selection of new OMgirl clothing in stunning Fall colors and patterns at www.barefootyoga.com!

 


5 Yoga Essentials to Bring Along to Summer Yoga Fests

August 5, 2014

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!


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

August 1, 2014

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.”

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


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

July 29, 2014

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!


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

July 24, 2014

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!


Uddiyana Bandha

July 23, 2014

Uddiyana BandhaUddiyana Bandha is the second of the inner lock in yoga. Uddiyana in Sanskrit means to ‘fly up’ or ‘rise up’. This suggests all your inner organs – the abdomen, the diaphragm and the stomach – moving up and rising toward your spine. In the abstract, it means moving your energy from your mula bandha upward.

To find Uddiyana Bandha, stand with feet hip distance apart. On an inhale, raise your arms by your ears and on exhale, through the mouth, fold and place your hands just above the knees. Without inhaling, straighten your arms and suction your stomach to your spine, concaving it up and back toward the back. Hold the pose as long as it comfortable before inhaling through your nose while straightening with arms again raised by your ears. Then exhale  through your nose to bring your arms down by your side.

Uddiyana Bandha massages the inner muscles of the lower back while it moves energy upward creating a feeling of lightness. This allows for lightness in movement and deeper twists. It aids in constipation and indigestion as it stimulates the digestive juices, increases your metabolic rate and tone those problematic abdominal muscles.

For yoga supplies to help with your practice, visit www.barefootyoga.com!


Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags

July 22, 2014

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!