May 21, 2013
May 21, 2013
We are spring cleaning at Barefoot Yoga! It calls to mind the first niyama, saucha. In its most simplistic translation, it means ‘purity’ or ‘cleanliness’. Some would say it means living a healthy lifestyle and engaging in activities that are purifying. There are many practical applications of saucha, such as de-cluttering your home, using kind words or having positive thoughts. We should also look to our SELF and ask if there is something we should let go – an attitude, a habit or an emotion.
“But more important than the physical cleansing of the body is the cleansing of the mind of its disturbing emotions like hatred, passion, anger, lust, greed, delusion and pride… This internal cleansing gives radiance and joy. It brings benevolence and banishes mental pain, dejection, sorrow and despair.”
May 17, 2013
Grace’s Pick of the Week is our Yoga Practice Straps with Brass D-Rings. Grace says, “If you need a strap for your practice, look into this buckle. It’s made of 100% cotton, with a unique brass buckle. A strap allows you to grasp a limb and hold a pose longer. Its 8-feet length gives a lot of flexibility in its use, whether you are using it in Dancer pose or doing a bind. It comes in charcoal, olive, blue and navy.”
May 8, 2013
I have suffered from TMJ (Temporomandubular Joint) disorder since I was a teenager. My grandmother strongly believes in ox-tail soup as a remedy. But what I have found that really helps is yoga, first in relieving stress so I don’t grind my teeth that often. When I do feel the tension, the Lion pose helps alleviate the pain. This has alleviated the pain in my jaw and headache that comes with teeth-grinding. Also, it saves an ox.
Visit YogaJournal.com for step-by-step directions on the Lion Pose, or Simhasana.
- posted by Grace at Barefoot Yoga
May 6, 2013
Samantha’s Pick of the Week is our Mexican Yoga Blankets: “Having a durable blanket is beneficial for almost any yoga practice, and our Mexican Yoga Blankets are made of high quality recycled yarns. They offer great support for your poses, and come in a variety of colors. We offer Solid, Striped, and Thunderbird Designs.”
May 2, 2013
Mother’s Day is just around the corner on May 12th. If your mom is a yogi or an aspiring practitioner, Barefoot Yoga offers a wide variety of products that make perfect gifts for Mom!
May 1, 2013
A longtime customer of Barefoot Yoga is Bikram Yoga of Seattle. The owners Kevin and Kathy both have a long history of practicing and teaching Bikram Yoga. With their main studio in the heart of Fremont neighborhood, they provide heated Hatha yoga classes to students at a variety of levels from beginners and advanced. They provide towel rentals, showers, and free filtered water.
For their classes, they recommend:
April 29, 2013
Grace’s Pick of the Week is our Cotton Velvet Yoga Mat Bags. She says, “Mother’s day will be here before you know it. Why not treat her to a most luxurious 100% cotton mat bag? This bag is soft yet durable and fully lined. It comes in both the classic (drawstring top-load) or duffel (zippered side-load) styles available in rich colors of black, caramel, magnolia pink, orange, sage and mist. This spacious bag comes with an inner and outer pocket, an adjustable strap and enough room for mom to carry most props she will need for her practice.”
April 25, 2013
Do you practice Iyengar Yoga or thinking about trying it out?
Iyengar Yoga is a form of Hatha yoga which traditionally focuses on alignment and precision. Iyengar emphasizes “sequencing” – referring to the order and timing of a sequence of asanas and breathing exercises.
Many props are used for Iyengar including blocks, straps, and blankets. Wear form- fitting, yet comfortable clothing.
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
Here’s what we recommend for Iyengar: