5 Yoga Poses to Relax Your Aches & Pains

July 10, 2015

Feeling a bit achy in the knees, perhaps paired with a twitch in the lower back? Not to worry! We’ve compiled five of our favorite yoga poses below that can help to relax and rejuvenate those areas that tend to be a little touchier than others.

 

1. Cat/Cow Pose

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This is a great pose for strengthening and stretching the back and spine – it helps to relieve tension in a noticeable, yet gentle, way while also helping to calm the mind. This is an ideal pose to do at home after a long day to help work out the kinks (and we mean for both body and mind). And, if you find that your knees feel a bit too much pressure during this pose, try it out using our ¼” Hybrid Eco Mat. This thick and supportive mat will provide a great surface to keep your joints at ease during any pose.

 

2. Butterfly Pose

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This pose works wonderfully for opening up the hips to give them, as well as your inner thighs, a satisfying stretch. However, if you’re finding that this pose is a bit harsh on the knees or you have limited hip flexibility, try out a couple of blankets or foam blocks underneath the outside of your knee/leg area for added support. For a bonus neck stretch, try gently lowering your chin to your chest (but don’t strain or force anything!)

 

3. Marichi’s Pose

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This is an awesome pose for relieving not only shoulder pain, but back and hip pain, too! Sit on a comfortable surface (such as a mat or blanket) and gently cross one leg over the other as shown above. Then, try twisting the opposite side of your body towards your upright knee to bring your arm over your knee for a lovely stretch that’s great for opening up multiple areas at once!

 

 4. Salutation Seal

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A supremely relaxing pose, salutation seal helps not only to calm and free stress from the mind, but it’s also a great pose to aid with hand and wrist flexibility – the areas affected by carpal tunnel syndrome. Whether you’re at the office or relaxing at home, if you notice that your hands and/or wrists are feeling a little stiff or numb, try taking a few moments to sit in this meditative pose with your hands together for a calming wrist and hand stretch.

 

5. Bound Angle Pose

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Feeling the need to stretch your knees? Try out Bound Angle pose! Sitting comfortably on a mat, or Zafu for added support, bring your legs straight out in front of you. Then, while holding your feet together, gently bring both feet (soles together) towards yourself while bringing your knees outward. Don’t feel the need to strain by bringing your feet as far in as possible – wherever they feel comfortable is a good place to stop. Then, bring your chin slightly down to stretch it out (again, don’t strain). For added support, try adding blocks or blankets under your outer knees if needed.

Come visit us at Barefoot Yoga today to stock up on any and all props you need to begin, or continue, your healing journey of yoga.

 


New OMgirl Is In!

July 8, 2015

It’s always an exciting time at Barefoot Yoga when a new season of OMgirl arrives – for us it means a variety of stunning new fashions, colors, and styles that we can’t help but fall in love with!

Below are some of our new favorite pairings fresh out of the box:

1. Half Moon Bra in Horizon Dye paired with Practice Pants in Horizon Dye

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The Horizon Dye style is a long-loved classic when it comes to OMgirl designs, but the new Dawn color simply took our breath away! In a stunning pink and blue color combination, this new color is perfect for the transition from hot summer days into cool nights that have just a hint of fall in them. We love the combination of the matching Half Moon Bra with the Practice Pant – it creates a stunning silhouette while providing optimum comfort. And, if you find yourself needing a little extra coverage during a cool evening, try out the Practice Cardi! It’s the perfect design and weight to simply throw on after class or while relaxing on the porch.

 

2. Enlighten Legging paired with Hot Short

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A new legging on the scene is OMgirl’s sheer and satiny Enlighten Legging. These are perfect for wearing for a little extra warmth and coverage under a skirt, shorts, or dress! Pair them with the comfy and flattering Hot Short for a sporty look that gives off a laidback yogi vibe.

 

3. Combo Legging paired with Infinity Tank Namaste

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This unique legging is versatile and eye catching for wearing out and about, at the studio, or at the gym! With the stretchy, long length of the leggings, you can easily wrap them under your foot for a bump of extra style on the mat, and for an eye catching look that will surely turn heads, pair it with the relaxed Infinity Tank Namaste.

 

4. Lineup Capri paired with Concept Cami

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Another couple of newcomers! The Concept Cami offers a relaxed but flattering style with a lightweight, flowy bottom and fitted bra top design that has a super cute yet subtle striped pattern. Pair it with the similarly striped Lineup Capri for a supremely comfortable outfit that you can take from casual wear to workout wear with no effort needed!

Want to see all the awesome brand new OMgirl clothing just in? (Who doesn’t?)

Come visit us at Barefoot Yoga today and simply click here to see all that’s just arrived!

 


Yoga Trends: Sound Healing and Nada Yoga

July 6, 2015

 

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Sound Healing is a practice that has been gaining popularity in the yoga community for some time. This type of therapy is based on Nada Yoga, an ancient metaphysical system that incorporates philosophy, medicine and yoga. Nada Yoga means “union through sound,” and practitioners believe that the entire cosmos – including humans – is made up of sound energy. Everything in the universe has its own unique vibration, or sonic footprint.

 

In a Sound Healing session, there is often a healing attunement performed with specially pitched tuning forks. The tuning forks are struck and then held near the body, to heal and promote relaxation. You can also enjoy therapeutic concerts played on a variety of instruments, especially singing bowls, bells, gongs and shakers.

 

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This type of therapy is said to have many benefits, including stress reduction, improved sleep and pain management. The use of sound can also deepen meditation practice – many yogis would be most familiar with chanting the mantra “OM,” which focuses our intention and connects us with the universe.

 

Sound Healing treatments are available at yoga centers and alternative medicine clinics around the world, and there are many resources for exploring its benefits on your own, as well! For meditation supplies to aid your Sound Healing practice, visit barefootyoga.com!