Yoga Gift Idea of the Week:
Yoga-Inspired Jewelry

December 9, 2013

Need some extra sparkle this holiday season? We’ve got a great selection of jewelry and mala beads to suit any yogi! You also have the option of including a gift box and organza bag, making your holiday wrapping even easier.

Gold Double Satya Lotus Necklace

Visit www.barefootyoga.com to browse our full selection of yoga-inspired jewelry and other great yoga gift ideas!


November is National Gratitude Month

November 26, 2013

November has been designated National Gratitude Month. I think most of us are guilty of only thinking about what we are grateful for during the Thanksgiving holidays. GratitudeCan we make it a part of our lives the other 11 months? Research shows that grateful people have higher levels of happiness, less stress and depression and more satisfied with their lives. They tend to be more positive and better able to handle life’s obstacles.

“No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.”

~ John Greenleaf Whittier


Yoga Gift Idea of the Week:
Barefoot Yoga Performance Grip Mat

November 22, 2013

Samantha’s Yoga Gift Idea of the Week is our signature Performance Grip Mat: “Looking for the perfect mat for that special someone? Try our brand new Barefoot Yoga Performance Grip Mat which is great for any style of yoga! Dense, grippy, and backed by a Lifetime Warranty, this is a great gift for the holidays.”

Barefoot Yoga Performance Grip Mat

Visit www.barefootyoga.com and check out our Yoga Gift Guide for more product suggestions for holiday giving!


Yoga for “Computer Hunch”

November 20, 2013

Dealing with “computer hunch” is becoming a more common problem today for Americans! A great way to combat the damage to your back and shoulders is with Dandasana, also known as Staff Pose. Staff Pose involves sitting on the floor with your legs extended straight in front of you. Curl your toes up and rest your hands on the floor with fingers pointing forward.

Within this pose, you can shift your hips forward, lift your ribs, and drop your shoulders away from your ears. These movements are a great way to remove tension and keep your back happy.

Computer Hunch


Grace’s Pick of the Week:
OMgirl Speckled Lotus Pants

November 12, 2013

Grace’s Pick of the Week is OMgirl’s Lotus Pants with Speckled Grey Overdye: This pant is made of a blend of cotton, rayon and polyester. Its vertically ribbed 3″ waistband provides a comfortable fit and the wider legs give you ease of movement. It is a favorite for at-home cold weather wear as well as practice at the studio.

Lotus Pant Speckled Grey Overdye

To browse our wide selection of new OMgirl clothing for Fall, visit www.barefootyoga.com!


Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Kathy McNames

November 11, 2013

Our teacher for the month of November is Kathy McNames. Kathy is the founder, owner, and director of Yoga Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.

Kathy McNames

Kathy began studying yoga in California with Analisa Cunningham in 1983, and continued her studies after moving to Vermont in 1988. Her first experience with astanga was at Omega Institute in 1995, at a workshop with Beryl Bender Birch and Thom Birch. She has been a student of Beryl’s to the present day and has continued her study of astanga with various astanga teachers.

Currently she describes her teaching as “half the ashtanga traditional route, and half ‘see what happens.’” She very naturally balances her classes in this way, passing on her reverence to the ancient practice, while creating great spaces for her students to create and explore.

Kathy’s passion is always evident, whether pointing out yoga’s relevance in daily areas of life, or applying firm adjustments using hands, feet, body and soul. She gives you everything she has, and it makes her classes memorable.

Kathy is one of the most beloved and well-known teachers in the Northeast and travels extensively with her husband and son, bringing Yoga Vermont to lucky students everywhere. Visit Kathy at www.yogavermont.com or by email at kathy@yogavermont.com, and if you have chance, visit her on the mat.


Yoga for Sciatic Nerve Pain

November 6, 2013

I think all of us have, at one time or another, suffered pain in the sciatic nerve. This is the large nerve fiber that runs from your lower back, through the buttocks to the lower limbs. There are yoga poses that can stretch and expand these nerves to relieve pain and numbness. Try the pigeon pose, or if your knee does not like that pose, do the relaxed variation on your back.

Modified Pigeon Pose

Other poses to try to stretch those areas are the half-moon pose, the lizard and the locust.


Lake Tahoe Yoga’s Cambodia Karma Retreat

November 5, 2013

Our friends at Lake Tahoe Yoga are hosting a wonderful retreat from January 31-February 10, 2014 in Cambodia:

Cambodia Karma Retreat

“Give some of yourself and help the world around you. Lake Tahoe Yoga in collaboration with Nataraj Yoga and JWOC would like to invite you to join in on a karma trip. We will travel to Phnom Penh where we will spend two days/three nights learning about the local culture and supporting the Yoga community with classes and supplies. The second part of our trip will be spent in Siem Reap. We will participate in sunrise/set practices, visit ancient temples and learn about the history of the area. We invite you to participate in this unique opportunity of true Yoga. Reach out beyond yourself and discover your Self through Yoga.”