In the crowded yoga marketplace, new brands come and go all the time. Some are great and some are, well, not so great. If you need dependable yoga clothing or gear, check out these six yoga brands that have established solid reputations in the yoga community.
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There is a lot of yoga stuff out in the world right now, but don't let marketers tell you what you need to do yoga. For beginners, the essentials list is pretty basic. And if you're trying to decide where your money can best be spent, earmark it for quality classes, not fancy yoga pants.
Ah, spring. The beautiful flowers, the newly sprouted trees, the warm breezes distributing the unrelenting onslaught of pollen. If you are one of the many people who have seasonal allergies, here are some yoga methods you can try to ease your discomfort.
Manduka, known for their ever-popular Black Mat PRO and many other yoga products, is now offering a flip-flop sandal. The Onward Sandal is the first offering in their new LiveON collection, which will soon also include a yoga mat. Both are made out of PLUSfoam, a material than can be recycled into new products when you are finished with it. I had the chance to try out the sandals and found the foot bed to be very comfortable. I have a narrow foot and the straps are a little loose on me, but your foot, obviously, may vary.
As a proud quadragenarian, I was not too psyched about the idea that my yoga practice should change just because I entered my 40s. But as time has continued to march on, I find that my priorities are changing. Let's take a look at how to cultivate a practice for the long haul: Practical Yoga Advice From the Far Side of 40.
Here's my full disclosure: although I love to try out the latest yoga trends so I can tell you about them first-hand, I'm drawing the line at naked yoga classes. I have researched the topic enough that I can give you some tips on what to expect, but I've also created a place where those of you who have walked the talk can share your experiences. Plus, a poll!
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Next time you do locust pose, stop and pay attention to what your butt is doing. Unless you are conscious of it, you are probably squeezing your glutes. Now try relaxing them so they are toned but not clenched. When you do that, it frees up your tailbone, which can facilitate a deeper backbend.
Earlier this month, The New York Times Magazine featured a photo essay about an Iyengar (ropes wall and all) yoga studio for Orthodox Jews in Israel. In keeping with their religious beliefs, men and women practice separately, wearing their everyday modest attire. The images are fun to look at and offer great visual evidence for people who worry that yoga is not compatible with their religion. Yoga is compatible with everything!
I've looked at a lot of yoga bags in my time and after a while they start to look like variations on a few themes. You've got your traditional tubes, your modern totes that accommodate a mat, and so on. The Yoga Sak actually offers something different: a fully functional backpack that holds your mat vertically. It's a great solution for commuters and yoga festival goers alike.