April 23, 2013
Samantha’s Pick of the Week is the Jade Harmony Yoga Mat: “The perfect mat for Earth Day, the eco-friendly Jade Harmony Mat is an open-cell construction mat made of natural rubber. Mats made with natural materials like rubber are healthier for the environment and won’t fill up our landfills! The Jade Harmony is also a great option to keep you from slipping during practice.”
*please note that the Jade Harmony does contain latex.
April 19, 2013
What are the Best Products for Ashtanga Yoga?
Do you practice Ashtanga or thinking about trying? It’s a vigorous practice that involves a set series of poses focused on realigning the spine, as well as building strength, flexibility, and stamina.
Traditional Ashtanga does not require many props, but it is a good idea to have a durable mat with open-cell construction to help absorb sweat, a rug to place over the mat, and light-weight, breathable clothing for easy movement and comfort.
“Take Practice and All is coming…”
~Sri Pattabhi Jois
Here’s what we recommend for Ashtanga:
|NEW HYBRID MATS
Pair any yoga mat with the Mysore Practice Rug and create the ideal surface for Ashtanga practice.
|MYSORE PRACTICE RUGS
The original Yoga Mat from India
Keep your hair out of your eyes when doing jump backs with these awesome headbands.
|OMGIRL PRACTICE BRA & SHORTS IN ORGANIC COTTON
Ashtanga is a sweat producing practice, so dress lightly and bare skin!
|PRANA MEN’S MOMENTUM SHORTS
Stay comfortable, flexible and cool in these loose fitting, organic cotton shorts.
|100% SILK EYE PILLOWS
Take savasana after your practice with our soothing silk eye pillows.
April 17, 2013
Samantha’s Pick of the Week is the book Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter. She says, “This is a great resource that offers a unique scientific perspective on the relationship between Hatha yoga and physiology of the human body. The serious textbook-like nature of the book is lightened with some humor and readability, making it a great book for a variety of readers.”
Some similar products to consider are: Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff, The Anatomy Coloring Book, and Paul Grilley’s DVD Anatomy for Yoga.
Barefoot Yoga carries a wide variety of yoga books as well as music and instructional yoga videos to help with your practice. Check out our full selection at www.barefootyoga.com!
April 16, 2013
Barefoot Yoga’s Bamboo Blocks and Mexican Blankets were photographed for the May 2013 issue of Yoga Journal:
Blankets and blocks are some of the most useful and versatile yoga props for your practice. We offer the highest quality Mexican Blankets, made from a recycled blend of cotton and acrylics. Our Bamboo Blocks are as stable and functional as wood, but extremely light weight and much more eco-friendly.
To check out our Mexican Blankets, Bamboo Yoga Blocks, and other essential yoga props, visit www.barefootyoga.com!
April 12, 2013
Grace’s Pick of the Week is our Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks. “The Indian Rosewood block is made from the Shisham tree. It’s a sustainable hardwood that is readily available in India. It is prized for its luxurious looking dark heartwood. The varied grain and color makes each block unique. Its durability makes it a great prop for your practice.”
Yoga blocks add stability and length to your postures, and these Rosewood Blocks are lightweight and comfortably smooth to the touch. Indian Rosewood is very eco-friendly compared to other materials, because this species of tree grows very quickly, reaching up to 100 feet tall. Parts of the Shisham tree are used in Ayurvedic medicine to cure skin problems and other ailments.
Visit www.barefootyoga.com to purchase our Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks, Eco-Friendly Bamboo Yoga Blocks, and other earth-conscious yoga props.
April 9, 2013
Our own local Seattle P-I recently covered the release of our new Barefoot Hybrid Nature Mats on their website.
“Just in time for Earth Day, Barefoot Yoga Company has added a new product line to their wide selection of eco-friendly yoga mats, called the Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Nature Mat. This new mat is a variation on their popular Hybrid Eco Mats, which are made without the toxic phthalates or heavy metals found in traditional PVC yoga mats, but still offer the longevity, durability and traction of a traditional mat.”
Find out more about our Hybrid Nature Mats, as well as our other Eco-Friendly Yoga Supplies, at www.barefootyoga.com!
March 29, 2013
We’re excited to announce the winner of the Barefoot Yoga and PrAna Giveaway, celebrating inspiring yoga teachers!
And the winner is:
Robyn L and her inspirational yoga teacher Barb!
Robyn says about Barb: “She was the first teacher I had who was totally accepting of everyone who walked in her class, and she was far from my first teacher ever.”
Thanks for sharing this Robyn and for entering the contest. We will be in touch by email to explain how you can redeem any one PrAna item of your choice for both you and your teacher.
We received many other wonderful answers to the question, “How has your yoga teacher inspired you?”
- Riki: “She has inspired me to to eat cleaner. From taking her classes and going on her retreat I have learned how to help stay calm during a stress inducing situation.“
- Savanna: “My teacher has inspired me to push safely beyond the limits I’ve placed on myself. Inspired me to live my life freely and bring that into my practice. Love of truth, light, and of peace <3“
- Barb: “She’s taught me that no matter what, when I practice yoga, everything will be okay, even at least for that hour and 15 minutes.“
- Aimee: “She always put an emphasis on letting go and having fun in the poses, and not trying so hard to get them perfectly right. I always thought it applied well to life, and to yoga.“
- Cynthia: “Hilarie inspires me daily through her dedication to the practice, deep and intuitive knowledge and wisdom, and the loving kindness she shows to each of her students. She is a yogi and guru, and she has helped transform my life.“
There are so many inspiring, brave, and kind yoga instructors out there, and we thank you for sharing your experiences with us!
Visit www.barefootyoga.com to browse our PrAna yoga clothing, E.C.O. yoga mats by PrAna, and other yoga essentials.