There’s plenty of cool new gear for the yogi in your life and the holidays are a fine time to show your zen style with goodies that are well-made and full of style and practicality. I’ve spotlighted some I tested and love:
Stio’s line of performance wear and outdoor apparel for men and women is designed for full flexibility when it comes to moving on or off the mat. The Haven Pullover and Jacket for men and women is constructed of 4-way stretch fabric that moves with your body. Both styles for men and women retail at $109.00.
The Haven Pullover for men is a super comfy, Melange Knit fabric perfect for yoga warm-ups while keeping the cold at bay before and after. This style includes a zippered chest pocket and 14″ front zipper with cozy collar, low profile cuffs and hem to enhance layering capabilities. Comfort and style meet sophistication with contrast stitch detailing.
The Haven Jacket for women combines warmth and style, serving as a great outer layer to and from the studio. Featuring two zippers, an open side pocket, chin guard, shaped cuffs with thumb holes and feminine detail, the Haven Jacket combines comfort, functionality and style.
Manduka creates eco-conscious yoga apparel and gear. Its Recycled Foam Block is made from more than 50% postindustrial and post-consumer recycled EVA foam that provides style and support without compromising durability. It comes in four colors and retails for $16.oo.
Jade yoga mats are made from natural rubber, a renewable resource tapped from rubber trees, which gives it an exceptional slip-resistant quality. The Harmony Professional Yoga Mat, at 3/16″ thick, provides the right amount of traction and cushioning for any level of yoga. Available in 68″ or 74″, in nine colors and retails for $69.95. Jade Yoga is a partner of Trees for the Future and plants a tree for every mat sold. Jade Yoga has eight different yoga mats for different levels of yogis retailing from $54.95 to $119.00. I prefer the thickest mat to protect my knees (I am a former double mat girl, until I bought the Pro Mat, and love the stickiness of the Jade surface.)
Jasmine Seven’s Yoga Mat Wipes make a great stocking stuffer for yogis and fitness class enthusiasts to use before and after class. The wipes are alcohol free and made with aloe and Vitamin E, blending refreshing lavender and tea tree scents. Three packs of ten wipes each retail for $9.95.
Yogis Choice is made in Old Tappan, NJ by yogi Sarah Christensen using essential oils, each one hand-crafted and made with organic ingredients.
This line of handmade soaps, scrubs, body butter and oils, perfumes and products for baby more is an affordable gift for the yogis and even the non-yogis on your list. Yogis Choice is available in the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, Sukha Arts Center in Harrington Park, NJ and On 1 Dancewear in Englewood, NJ. Products retail from $6-$20.
Teeki creates comfortable bottoms and tops ideal for yoga or fitness wear in funky prints and multiple styles. What’s so special about teeki is that each product is made from recycled plastic bottles. Turning plastic bottles into fashion-forward workout clothes renews each bottle’s purpose through an eco-friendly process that conserves water along the way. Yogis can brighten up their zen-wear wardrobe while contributing to sustainability. Teeki bottoms are made from about 20 plastic bottles each. The material is breathable and chafe and moisture resistant with a four-way stretch, so it’s great for hot yoga or an intense workout . Bottoms retail from $40-$66.
Lovepray Jewelry makes hand made, yoga inspired jewelry, mala bracelets, bead necklaces and wrap bracelets for men and women. This 108 bead piece can be worn as a wrap bracelet or necklace and is made with sandalwood, crystal, hand-carved bone bead and a handmade Tibetan pendant of Quan Yin. Many yoga enthusiasts wear sandalwood jewelry because it is believed that sandalwood guides away the distractions of the mind back to the sensual joy. Wrap bracelets retail from about$74-$108.
Bright Blossoms Essential Oils in soothing lemon or palmarosa scents are the ultimate way to relieve stress and fatigue. Bright Blossoms are 100% natural essential oils. Many yoga lovers combine aromatherapy while performing yoga to deepen their focus and mental clarity and strengthen the mind to body connection. Bright Blossom Essential Oils make perfect stocking stuffers and retail for $12.95 for a 5 ml bottle.
Big Dipper Wax Works makes lovely 100% beeswax aromatherapy candles in festive holiday scents and colors that not only make great gifts, but great decorative pieces throughout the holiday season. Beeswax is 100% natural and a renewable resource so burning these candles actually cleans the air by emitting purifying negative ions. The candles are scented with essential oils in three holiday scents: mint (peppermint and birch), spice (cinnamon, orange and clove bud) and pine (spruce, fir and copaiba balsam). Big Dipper candles retail from $13.00 to $33.00.
NEO Superwater is packed with electrolytes and antioxidants to keep you nourished and hydrated before, during and after yoga sessions. NEO Superwater and Superenergy drinks promote detoxification, weight loss, pH balance, a healthy immune system and helps eliminate acidic waste. NEO’s high alkalinity helps helps counterbalance your acidic diet and stress by neutralize acid in your bloodstream, boosting your metabolism and helping your body absorb nutrients more effectively.
If you’re a last minute shopper, you might want to consider a gift card to a local yoga studio. Here’s a round-up of our favorite local studios in Bergen, NJ and Rockland County, NY:
Sukha Arts Center in Harrington Park believes in a yoga by donation philosophy. Yoga has long been considered a gift of knowledge, and Sukha Art Center only asks for a donation of what you can afford ($10 is recommended) instead of a fixed fee per class. Their robust schedule of classes and different instructors can accommodate busy schedules and levels of experience. Sukha also offers family classes on Sunday and classes geared towards expecting and new moms. The owner is Christine O’Donnell, who has added a great retail shop to her ground level studio with comfy, hip dance wear, yoga apparel and other locally sourced goodies. (She’s also expanded her space to offer art, meditation and more dance classes. Love this place, Christine and her instructors.) Sukha Arts Center is located at 76 Schraalenburgh Rd in Harrington Park, NJ. 201.768.2455
Birchwood Center in Nyack offers yoga classes from beginners to advanced, massage therapy and teacher training classes for yoga instructor certifications. You can also book private group events at Birchwood. New members receive one month of unlimited classes for $40.00. You can also purchase gift cards from Birchwood online making it a great last minute gift idea. Birchwood Center is located at 85 South Broadway in Nyack. 845.358.6409
The Spectrum Wellness Center in Old Tappan keeps their class sizes small to ensure hands on, individualized attention and incorporates the newest and most innovative classes. In addition to yoga classes, Spectrum Wellness offers ballet barre, pilates, zumba and more. Yoga classes are $13.00 each or 14 classes for $130.00 and are taught by Lori Brophy, who is wonderful. Spectrum Wellness is located at 184 Central Avenue in Old Tappan. 201.768.2000
Live Free Yoga Studio in River Edge is an intimate, non-competitive space to develop your best yoga practice in your body and mind. Owner Mark Van Buren teaches along with a host of other instructors in this intimate studio. Live Free Yoga is located at 888 Kinderkamack Road in River Edge. 201.406.8779
The Stone Center for Yoga & Health in Teaneck offers 12 different yoga classes for all ages and skill levels with special classes emphasizing hot yoga, stress relief, increasing bone strength, yoga for people with arthritis and more. It also offers teacher training and wellness coaching. New members can purchase an unlimited month for initial rate of $99.00 and $150.00 per month following. The Stone Center for Yoga & Health is located at 1415 Queen Anne Road, Suite 2014 in Teaneck. 201.833.5955
This post was created by Jodi Kovacs