FAVORITE YOGA GEAR

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 in HEALTH, STYLE

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I’m back from vacation with my family (see you next year, Bald Head Island!), and feeling refreshed. While I definitely over-indulged on both food and booze over the past week, I managed to get in a few yoga practices while I was gone. I love doing yoga at the beach, because it is the ultimate reminder that I am just a small piece of this amazing world. It helps me clear my head in a way unlike any other practice space. While my mantra is always “collect moments, not things, in order to have a good practice any time, I still need a few material things. These are my favorites.
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Jade Yoga Mat
When I first started yoga, I had a cheap mat that I was wearing out on me after just a few months of practice. By the time I really got into yoga, the poor thing was smashed thin and not giving me the support I really needed. All of my yoga teachers had these amazing mats that I had never seen before, and after a new friend (hey Meghan!) let me try her Jade mat, I was hooked. No slipping. No knee pain. I had to have one. Lucky for me, my studio sells them, so I got a good deal. I have never had any issues with my Jade, and it makes me happy to unroll it for each practice.

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Gaiam Block
This is for my home practice, but it is a necessity when I’m practicing things I can’t really do yet. It helps bring my hands or hips up higher when I need them to, but my favorite thing to do is use it as a heart opener. If you place a block in the middle of your back between your shoulder blades and then lay back, it feels so amazing. This one has held up well over the years, and I love the purple shade.

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Gaiam Mat Strap
I finally bought this after I got sick of trying to carry my mat like a baby back and forth to class, while also carrying my bag or coat or whatever else I had in my hands. This is a strap that you attach to either sides of your rolled up mat and can carry it on your shoulder. I packed this thing on the ferry boat for my vacation traveling, and it was super easy to handle. Yoga mat strap designs vary, but I liked the adjustable rings on this one, because it can double as a stretching strap for certain poses.

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lulu lemon towel mat
I bought this when I was doing hot yoga every week in Louisville, because you just can’t survive a hot class without a towel. I still use it for particularly sweaty classes and often bring it along to yoga events, just in case. It is super absorbent and won’t slip on your mat.

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Calia Yoga Pants
I am usually really leary of celebrity clothing lines or perfumes, but Carrie Underwood’s line of athletic wear for Dick’s Sporting Goods is seriously some of my favorite pieces. I have these floral capri pants from the line (that I scored on sale) and I absolutely love them. They stay put if I wear them to run, and they aren’t transparent when I’m in Downward Dog, which is fantastic. The fabric is high-quality and there are constantly new designs and prints being released.

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C9 Champion Sports Bra from Target
These sports bras are definitely for low impact practices, but I love that they are affordable but nicely made. I have several different colors that go with different outfits, but the black and grey one is my favorite. Also, they are comfortable enough that I can wear them to bed (or you know, under my actual clothes sometimes).


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Flowy Tanks
I received this tank top as a gift, and I wear it all the time. It is a little loose, but not so baggy that it flies over my head when I’m in Forward Fold. I have several tank tops that are made like this one, but this one’s sentiment makes me pick it out from the pile every time.

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Mala
I dedicated an entire blog post to malas, so you could say I really love them. Mine is a sacred art of my practice, and even if I don’t use it or wear it, I know it’s there. I can feel its energy and it makes me happy. If you don’t have a mala and are interested in meditation at all, I would suggest you find one that resonates with you. It will make your practice so much more special.

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1 Comment

  1. Meghan Elkins
    June 16, 2016

    Oh, hey Kayla. 🙂
    <3 Thanks for the love! I'll never forget that day. PS- We are coming up on our friendaversary.

    Reply

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