This holiday season, please join me in supporting these small yoga businesses, owned and operated by yogini goddesses!
Have you been having trouble with sweaty palms and feet on your yoga mat? Do you worry in those hot classes that you might lose your grip and hurt yourself by slipping and nose diving into the floor? I have to say – that used to be one of the biggest factors that kept me from staying fully present in class. Now, I depend on my NamaSTAY towel to keep me securely planted in my downward dogs.
Cleveland, Ohio-based Cherie Greenwald has developed a pretty damn innovate non-slip yoga towel that has sleeves to hug yoga mats so that the towel stays flat. You can read my review of NamaSTAY yoga towels, and if you decide you want to purchase one, you can order direct through the Daily Downward Dog to save an extra 20% off of your order. If you prefer to order direct from the NamaSTAY Towel website, please use coupon code DOWNWARDDOG to save 20%!
NamaSTAY yoga towels fit most standard size mats and come in a variety of gorgeous colors including the new RUBY RED color and darker, manly colors for the yoga dude in your life. When you give the gift of a NamaSTAY yoga towel, you show how much you care about the safety and well-being of your yogi friends.
Indu Lotion, otherwise known as Nectar of the Moon, and sometimes affectionately described as Yoga Crack, is perfect for anyone on your gift list who needs a little something (legal) to help them relax. No prescription required – this all-natural lotion is made with essential oils of bergamot, lavender, and geranium to create an aromatherapy potion that helps ease anxiety and tension, fights fatigue and stress, and (the product feature near and dear to my heart) helps promote clear thinking. The creator of this product, Marni Task, lives and teaches yoga in northeast Ohio (and she also puts on a pretty fierce kirtan too)! You can read more about Indu and can order it right here on The Daily Downward Dog.
Memory Foam Meets Yoga Mat
Say goodbye to sore wrists and achy joints. The Vernice Vita (VV) yoga mat provides three layers of comfort, one of which is memory foam, that keep you protected and comfy during your daily downward dogs. If you love savasana, imagine how much more amazing it could feel lying on those three layers of yumminess. I wrote about my experience using the larger Cadillac size Vernice Vita mat and the more compact Studio size, and I have to say that once you go VV, you’ll never go back to a conventional mat. Major kudos to Rachael Ennis, the genius behind Vernice Vita.
Show the yoga lover in your life how much you really care for them with the gift of a Vernice Vita comfort yoga mat. Their wrists, ankles, knees, and heart will have an even greater appreciation for you.
SPECIAL OFFER: ORDER A VERNICE VITA YOGA MAT from The Daily Downward Dog and you’ll SAVE $10!
Give the Gift of Yoga
I can’t think of a better gift to give someone you love than the gift of yoga. Why not encourage a friend or family member to start by inviting them to practice with you, or by purchasing a yoga gift certificate for them to try classes in their town? You’ll be supporting your local yoga community and doing something really extraordinary (and maybe even life changing) for your recipient.
If you are looking for recommendations in the Richfield, Ohio area, I highly recommend Nirvana Yoga, and in the Akron, Ohio area, Yoga Bliss (both owned and operated by awesome yoginis). If you live in a remote area with no local studios, you have to try out Yoga Download, an online yoga video resource that lets you pick from hundreds of classes whenever it’s most convenient for you.
SEVA – the Ultimate Gift
Please take a moment to consider giving back some of the goodness you’ve received this year. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention at least one organization that could use some love and support this coming year.
I was very lucky to be introduced to a fantastic organization here in Cleveland called Girls With Sole. Liz Ferro started this non-profit organization to foster hope and healing for girls who have experienced abuse and who need someone to believe in them so they can believe in themselves. Liz, along with adult volunteers, brings fitness activities (from traditional team sports and dance to yoga and nutritional advice) as well as free running shoes, sports bras, and fitness journals to participants.
Girls With Sole is always looking for financial support and volunteers, so please visit www.girlswithsole.org or e-mail Liz at girlswithsole.org for more information. You can also follow Girls with Sole on Facebook.
Beach Yoga Bliss
Give yourself the gift of a week of yoga in paradise and join me in Aruba for Beach Yoga Bliss, April 6-13, 2013.
Wherever you shop, please support local businesses, your local yoga studio, and spread the love.