I’m a big believer that we should share and give gifts every day! The gifts of our kindness, love, and compassion. These are the gifts that keep on giving and that need to be given to ourselves first and then to others. But just in case you are hankering to wrap up something to put under the tree for those extra special yogis in your life, I offer these awesOMe yoga gift suggestions.
Give the Gift of Healthy Hydration! Drink More Water and Drink it Safely with the LifeProof Glass Bottle from Anchor Hocking
Get rid of plastic bottles and start drinking your water without fear of harmful toxins or flavor distortion. This tempered glass bottle from Anchor Hocking is not only made in the USA – it is made in OHIO! Woot! It contains zero plastic components, the lid and mouthpiece are made of 304-grade stainless steel, and the outside wrap is BPA-silicone for additional cushion and protection from breakage. The glass bottle opening is wide enough to easily add ice cubes or fruit and is dishwasher safe. Pick one up for a gift or for you on Amazon or online.
The Perfect Yoga Gift For Kids! Play Yoga by Lorena Valentina Pajalunga with OMazing Illustrations by Anna Lang
My great nieces and nephews don’t know this yet, but they are all getting a copy of this gorgeous and FUN book for Christmas. Yoga is so good for kids, helps them stay healthy and calm, and the 20 yoga poses in this book inspired by the animal world, make the practice super fun, too! This book features super colorful illustrations of every pose that could be used as posters to decorate a child’s room. Even the youngest yogi can master the asanas, thanks to the charming explanations and step-by-step instructions. I love that each pose has an inspirational message tied to it, for example for fish pose it says, “From the fish, learn to go with the flow.”
I have to tell the back story of this book because it is pretty cool. Thirty years ago, Lorena V. Pajalunga (Swami Pragya Chaksu Saraswati) was entrusted by her master, Swami Satyanananda of Bihar School of Yoga of Munger in India, with the task of teaching yoga to children. She not only did that but also founded the Associazione Italiana di Yoga per Bambini (AIYB). She teaches yoga at the GiocaYoga laboratory in Milan and you can find her on Facebook.
You can order the book on Amazon and it is also available at retailers like Barnes & Noble.
Onzie High Rise Super Fun Yoga Leggings!
I had a lot of fun this year in my Onzie High Rise leggings. They went with me to Bali, Italy, and the beaches of Lake Erie! A lot of yoga leggings claim to be high waisted, but Onzie is the only one I’ve found so far that stays in place above the waist. I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me when I’m practicing yoga to be at peace because I don’t feel like I constantly have to pull up my yoga pants. You can order the leggings direct from Onzie or purchase them on Amazon.
Sri Ma: Chants of Divine Mother, Yoga Goddesses Lakshmi, Shri Durga, Kali Maa, Saraswati & Radha
My new favorite yoga music is this awesome digital-only collection of Goddess chants from White Swan Records. As our world gets more chaotic and attacks continue on our Mother Earth, I feel the need even more to invoke the Goddess presence for inner peace and harmony. This collection of 21 powerful mantras and chants to the Goddesses Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, Radha, and Saraswati will move you, comfort you, and boost your feminine superpowers. I’ve been listening to these chants as I meditate and will be including many of these cuts in my yoga class playlists.
White Swan Records has a huge collection of yoga musical artists and when I purchased this collection I downloaded it right to my phone through the Bandcamp app for instant unlimited streaming. Head on over to the White Swan Records website for details on how to digitally download and be sure to sign up for free music on their White Swan Wednesdays!
Give the Gift of a Daily Downward Dog Yoga Retreat!
I’ll be announcing more 2018 yoga retreats in the next few months and definitely plan to get back to Italy and Greece in the Fall, so sign up for my email newsletter so you get all the retreat announcements!
Give the gift of a Yoga Festival!
I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be presenting workshops at the 2018 Sedona Yoga Festival this coming February 8-11. This year’s festival will have over 200 intimate workshops and sessions being held around West Sedona and Uptown at Sedona’s Yoga studios and spiritual centers. I can’t wait to practice with some of my favorite teachers like Tao Porchon Lynch, Hemalayaa, Saul David Raye, Michael Cohen, and Silvia Mordini.
Consider heading to Sedona a few days early to attend the Women of Wisdom Sedona Red Rocks Vortex Retreat, and then stay for the Sedona Yoga Festival. If you are interested in attending please contact me for a special discount code for all access festival passes.
Not sure what to give? I can help put together a custom yoga gift for the aspiring yogi or experienced yogi on your list. How about a few private yoga sessions, a yoga-themed birthday or special celebration party, a yoga class-pass, yoga teacher training, or an amount to be applied to the purchase of a yoga retreat! You name it, I can put together a gift certificate to wrap up and put under the tree. Contact me for more information.
Wishing you and those you love a very BLESSED Holiday Season! I am thankful for your continued support and presence in my life and sending you a big virtual HUG!