A Few of my Favorite (Yoga) Things

I always do tons of research before I make purchases.  I base many of my shopping decisions on reviews from others.  I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years and have used all sorts of bags, blocks, and balms!  Today I am going to share 3 of my favorite yoga products with you.  I’d love to hear about some of your most loved items for yoga!

Yogi Toes Mat Towel

Years ago, I was a regular student in several sweaty vinyasa yoga classes.  I loved it!  I felt strong and healthy.  I was so excited when I was finally able to afford the fancy yoga mat I had been wanting to try.  I was so bummed when I realized that my sweaty practice caused me to constantly slip and slide on my new mat.  It actually got a little dangerous at times.  One day my teacher asked if anyone would like to try a Yogi Toes Towel.  I had been looking into them, but as a new mom the price was a little high for me (especially after paying $90 for my fancy new mat). I was happy to volunteer to try it out.  It was amazing.  I didn’t slip!  The towel has little silicone dots on the bottom so that it will not slip while on top of your yoga mat.  The towel absorbs your sweat so your hands and feet no longer slide down the mat. In fact, I found that the sweat on the towel actually made me slide less than if there was no sweat.  That was a win for me.  I could not believe it when after class my instructor asked if I would like to keep the towel.  Thanks Jen O! I still use over 10 years later.

Fast forward to today, and I think this product is even more important!  One of the biggest benefits is that you can wash the towel in the washing machine after class!  I plan to start using my Yogi Toes towel for yoga and fitness classes once the public studios and gyms re-open. It is feels good to be able to create a barrier between you and all the sweat and germs other people have left on the gym mats.  You can click the link below to purchase:

Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel Print, Gejia, 68″

The Yoga Sak

I am very blessed to be able to walk to the majority of my yoga jobs.  I found that lugging my bags to and from was really bothering my shoulders.  Remember that fancy yoga mat from above?  That sucker weighed 8 pounds!  Needless to say I had to figure something out.  I googled “yoga backpack” and came upon the Yoga Sak.  The bright orange one happened to be on sale that day so that is the one I got.  I love this bag!  I can be completely handsfree and walk to class with everything I need secured in the Yoga Sak.  There is room for my mat, strap, books, phone, water bottle, etc.  It has a strong velcro closure, so if you are running late to class be warned…the velcro is a bit loud.  But that is the only negative thing I can say about this backpack.  I have even washed it in the washing machine and let it air dry.  To learn more or purchase, click the link below:

Yoga Sak – The Ultimate Sports/Multi Purpose Backpack – Great for Yoga, Hiking, Biking, School, and More – Navy

Gaiam Yoga Blocks

I am very particular about my yoga blocks.  As someone who has had several injuries, I must modify many of the poses that I do.  I am always looking for the most stable way to do a pose.  Yoga blocks come in a few size options and materials.  I like foam over wood simply because wood is heavy foam has softer edges.  Cork is another option, and although heavier than foam, I do like it.  I carry around 10-12 blocks at a time so I choose foam.  It’s also more economical.  I get really picky when it comes to size.  Most yoga studios will use blocks that are 9x6x4.  Sometimes you will find blocks that are 9x6x3.  That 1 inch makes a huge difference in the stability of the block.  I highly recommend the 9x6x4 size which the Gaiam blocks are.  You check them out or purchase, click the link below:

Gaiam Yoga Block – Supportive Latex-Free EVA Foam Soft Non-Slip Surface for Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Tri-Color Teal Tonal

I look forward to sharing more of my favorite things on Favorite Things Fridays! Share your most loved items in the comments!

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