Yoga at your Desk

May 15, 2014

If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, here are some stretches to help with that pain. The simplest is to hold your hands in prayer pose, palms together in front of your sternum. Slowly lower your hands to your waist, as far down as your hands will go without separating the heels of your hands. You should feel a stretch under your forearms.

Namaste

If your wrists are flexible enough, you can try the reverse namaste.

Reverse Namaste

One of the best exercises that worked for me is the stretch below. Keep your arm straight with the wrist below waist level. Gently pull the hand back toward you. To take it further, spread your fingers of your straight arm, and then using the other hand, gently pull back each of the fingers. Be sure to keep the fingers spread wide while you do this. When stretching the thumb, be sure to pull from behind the open palm.

Wrist Stretch

Visit www.barefootyoga.com to browse our selection of yoga supplies to keep your body resilient and your mind at ease!


Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
Ultra Firm Foam Blocks

May 8, 2014

Our new Ultra Firm Foam Blocks offer the perfect amount of stability and support for any pose. They come in three great colors – purple, green and charcoal – each with a lighter-toned stripe down the sides. At under a pound each, these durable blocks are perfect for toting to yoga class or traveling with your yoga gear.

Ultra Firm Foam Blocks

 

 

Visit www.barefootyoga.com for our full selection of yoga props, including Bamboo Blocks, Cork Blocks, and tons of other yoga necessities!


The Barefoot Yoga List of Essentials for Beginner Yogis

May 1, 2014

Just getting started and don’t know where to begin? Fear not! Below is our list of must-haves for beginner yogis.

1. The Mat: Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat

Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat

A fresh twist on our signature Hybrid Eco Mat, our Hybrid Eco-Lite Mat offers the same traction and performance, with an even smaller carbon footprint and 15% lighter weight!

2. The Rug: Mysore Practice Rug

Mysore Practice Rug - Bengal Blue

Our Mysore Practice Rugs offer traction superior to any other. Available in a variety of colors and woven in the traditional Indian style, these rugs are sure to improve your grip and performance. Another plus? Their traction gets even better with moisture, and some yogis even spray their rugs down with water before practice! So get in there and don’t be afraid to sweat a little (or a lot!)

3. The Block: Ultra Firm Foam Block

Ultra Firm Foam Blocks

Our new Ultra Firm Foam Block combines the best of both worlds: weighing in at less than 1 pound each, these blocks are incredibly easy to transport while being nearly as hard as wood. Never fear squishy edges or a tired back from carrying blocks around again!

4. The Strap: Brass D-Ring Practice Strap

Yoga Practice Straps with Brass D-Rings

At a just-right length of 8 feet with a unique brass d-ring (not to mention available in a range of different colors), these straps offer the perfect blend of style and functionality for a new yogi.

5. The Bag: Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bag

Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags

If you’re looking for a bag that’s eye catching, durable, and well priced, you can stop searching! Our sari patterned yoga mat bags are available in a wide variety of beautiful Indian-inspired patterns that are guaranteed to invoke a flurry of “Where did you get that?!” at your next (or first!) class.

To find exactly what you’re looking for whether you’re a newbie or seasoned pro, visit us at BarefootYoga.com today!


Grace’s Pick of the Week:
OMgirl Destination Dress Nautilus

April 29, 2014

Need something easy and breezy for the warmer climate? Look no further than the Destination Dress Nautilus. Its cool drape and nautilus design makes the Destination Dress a great option as a cover-up, for travel or just lounging at home. If you’re looking for something more subdued, the Destination Dress comes in plain colors, too!

Destination Dress Nautilus Destination Dress
To browse all of OMgirl‘s fun and fashionable clothing, visit www.barefootyoga.com!

Yoga Studio of the Month:
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

April 25, 2014

The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is a long-time wholesale customer of Barefoot Yoga and has carried a large variety of our products for over a decade. Located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Kripalu is a gateway to empowerment of the people and their communities through yoga. They provide transformative programs covering weight loss, healthy eating, Ayurveda cooking, detoxification, meditation, massage and bodywork, living with cancer or Parkinson’s disease and of course yoga classes for everyone.

Kripalu

Some of their unique workshops include CircusYoga (for adults and kids) or Mind over Medicine. Or create your own unique experience with their R & R retreats. You pick and choose which class or workshop you want to take, according to your wants and needs. Yoga classes are available daily but your schedule could involve a meditation class in the morning, nature walk in the afternoon and dance classes in the evening. You have a variety to choose from depending on your goals, whether its introspective soul searching, fitness celebration or just being present.

If you are unsure where to start, pick a theme from their user-friendly website to guide you. It gives you a list of classes or workshop that relates to themes like Yoga for Women, or Families and Kids.

Find Barefoot Yoga products such as Mats, Bags, Eye Pillows, Blankets and other yoga accessories and props.


Yoga at your Desk

April 24, 2014

How often have you taken a break from the computer screen to find tension in your neck and shoulders? Here’s an easy exercise to relieve that pain in your neck without leaving your desk.

Clasp your hands behind your back. Bring clasped hands to the right side of your waist, above your hip. Gently, tilt your right ear to your right shoulder and hold. This releases the tension on the left side of your neck and shoulder. To release, look down, bring your chin to chest before lifting your head.

Now repeat on the other side, bringing clasped hands to the left at your waist and tilt your head to the left. And breathe!

For yoga products to help you feel vital and limber after a day at your desk, visit www.barefootyoga.com!


Lauren’s Pick of the Week:
the Original Eco Yoga Mat

April 23, 2014

April is Earth Month! Give some love to Mother Earth with environmentally friendly yoga products. Our Original Eco Mat is all-natural and completely biodegradable. Made with natural jute fiber and rubber, it feels like practicing on the ground! With zero chemical additives, this is a great gift for the eco-conscious yogi.
*Does contain latex (naturally occurring in rubber)

Original Eco Mat

Barefoot Yoga‘s eco-friendly products include a number of other earth-conscious yoga mats, yoga props such as our Bamboo Blocks, and a huge selection of yoga clothing made with organic and recycled materials!


Top 5 New Activities to Try this Summer!

April 18, 2014

It’s that wonderful time of year filled with new growth and new adventures, not to mention the beautiful summer weather fast approaching! What better time to try out some new activities? Below are 5 we love!

1. Skydiving

Skydiving

Many people have heard of it, but few have done it! If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this is the sport for you. Check out your local certified skydiving companies to find one that will show you the ropes so you can have a fun and safe time exploring the sky!

2. Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing

An American version of the classic Egyptian style of bellydance often referred to as Raqs sharqi, belly dancing is a great workout and a lot of fun! Its non-impact movement works to strengthen the spine and abdomen, and can even help prevent osteoporosis! There are belly dance studios all over the country that offer classes ranging from beginner to pro level to get you started!

3. Hula Hooping

Hula Hooping

Hula hooping – it’s not just for the playground anymore! Hula hooping has become even more popular with the over ten crowd because of its amazing ab-toning qualities, as well as its invigorating yet relaxing effect. Try using a weighted hoop to get that extra workout, and don’t forget to check out all the fun colors and designs available!

4. Paddle Boarding

Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding – a great way to improve your balance, get a workout, and enjoy some beautiful summer weather! Grab a group of friends and buy (or rent) some paddleboards and hit the lake! Balancing on top of a paddleboard can be trickier than it looks, so start out slow by sitting down or standing on your knees and work up to standing – you’ll get there!

5. Yoga

Yoga

And last but certainly never least, yoga! If you want to experience a great activity that strengthens, tones, relaxes, and improves balance, yoga is for you! Whether it’s a sweaty hot yoga class or a relaxing restorative one, yoga can be adapted to fit exactly what your body needs (and your body will definitely thank you).

To get started on your own yoga adventure, take a look at Barefoot Yoga for all that your practice calls for.