8.8.13

repository pt. 9: yoga edition

I’ve been really stoked on yoga lately, which is something that happens to me on and off all the time; I get into it for a few months, practicing nearly every day, and then something happens to distract me and I lose all my motivation. I’ve been trying to fit it into my schedule at least two times a week for now, reminding myself of the first time I got into yoga, around ten years ago. I was really dedicated: I changed the way I ate, went to a yoga studio multiple times a week on my lunch break, and fantasized about trips to ashrams. Ultimately, it wasn’t sustainable for me, especially as I went into my last year of university and had to focus on Latin and endless streams of papers, but I felt amazing. I seem to have picked up a habit of waking up at 5am every morning to crippling anxiety this summer (good times!), so it is time to calm the mind as well.

Here are some beautiful yoga accessories that I can’t stop thinking about—although I know very well that all I really need to practice at home is a mat, some ratty old leggings and a t-shirt, and some form of audio or visual instruction (I share my favourite below, but if you have any suggestions, let me know!). Grain/salt, etc. Also, I am really into tie-dye right now, it case it wasn’t thoroughly obvious.


1. This mat is so beautiful! It’s by Magic Carpet Yoga Mats and this is a special edition created for Anthropologie. I also really love the new Deco Magic design. I wish I could justify this purchase but I already have two perfectly serviceable mats at home, a thick one and a thin one.
2. Candles by Magic Hour from Summerland. I do love good ol’ nag champa incense but it’s a little intense. These seem lovely!
3. Pretty (!) sneakers.
4. This particular yoga mat bag is no longer available but you can find it on Etsy from the original maker, Thrive.
5. A gorgeous patchwork dyed scarf from Willow Knows. Available at Myrtle.


6. I bought this CD set, Yoga Sanctuary by Shiva Rea, years ago and it remains my favourite instructional item. It has a lunar flow and a solar flow and with the CDs, you can customize which tracks to play. I can’t find my CDs and ended up buying it as an audiobook from iTunes because I like it so much, but I hope I come across my CDs again one day—it had a useful photo chart of all the poses.
7. I love this gorgeous meditation pillow. This one is from Anthropologie but you can get a custom one from Etsy (also from Thrive).
8. I have a pair of beaded, sequined Moroccan-style slippers and they’re my favourite. Not necessarily yoga-specific, but I’d rather wear these babouches to pad around a yoga studio between classes than flip flops.
9. Cat eye mask from Catbird for really getting into savasana.
10. Again, I usually wear an old t-shirt, but dang if I wouldn’t give anything to be one of those confident people who shows up to class in a bra top.


11. How to Meditate by Pema Chödrön, recently added to my e-reader.
12. Leggings by Shabd. The master of tie-dyed leggings! Wish I had picked some of the coral ones when they were for sale at Robber.
13. I don’t know about what it’s like at your house but my cats always try to sneak on to my mat with me when I’m doing yoga at home. That mat is like a magnet to them and their little senses of curiosity.  In an ideal universe they would have this sweet embroidered bed and they would actually use it as a perch from where they would stare at me creepily.
14. Gorgeous handmade notebooks from Nightjar to jot down practice notes (also available at Likely General).

41 comments:

  1. i don't know why but for some reason i thought you practiced hot yoga? all of these things are so lovely but i honestly save my worst, grossest, cheapest stuff for bikram because it all just gets so destroyed. but that mat! i wish!

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    1. Aw, it's so sweet that you remembered! I did, a few winters ago, for a while, but I can't do it any more... I have a monthly gym membership that is way more affordable than a yoga pass so I'm hoping to supplement my gym routine with yoga at home.

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  2. I've been subscribing to yogisanonymous.com for a while, and it's great. They have every kind of class imaginable and it's only $15/month.

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    1. Oh neat, I'll check it out if they have previews and trials. Thanks!

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  3. what a great list! Don't feel bad for not keeping the yoga up right now. Its summer afterall!! I'm trying to do twice a week but it is tough when its so nice outside :)

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    1. It really is! The nice thing is that it can become free hot yoga, ha ha.

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  4. I've been practicing yoga and meditation 3-4 times a week since January, mostly just for de-stressing and relaxation. I find it really helpful for keeping myself present and releasing tension. Might have to get that meditation book, too!

    And I LOVE those Nike shoes!!!! LOVE!!! Might have to get me a pair of those. :)

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    1. Wow, that's great! I got the book from the library just to check it out. I think she's pretty well-respected,.

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  5. This post is so perfect. I started yoga a few months back and am absolutely addicted. It's so incredible for your mind (and body). I love https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene and a few other ladies for practicing at home. Plus, with a little oil burning, practicing at home can be way more relaxing than in the studio. x

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    1. Thank you! And yeah, I got a bit burned out from going to a studio after a while... it was so expensive (understandably, since it was hot yoga and it can't be cheap to heat the room that much!) and I would have bad experiences from time to time when it was too crowded. I'd like to take the occasional class for correction, proper posture, etc., but I think for now I have a nice, humble set up at home :)

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  6. I just cackled (caTckled?) at #13 because yes, yes.

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  7. I'm the same with really being into yoga for a while and then not so much. But I'm feeling a yoga-period coming up because I really need it! Good luck with the 5-o'clock anxiety wake up call.

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    1. Good luck to you as well! I always feel a burst of energy in the fall, so I hope that will be a good motivator.

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  8. Anonymous8.8.13

    Love this yoga board!!

    I go through cycles of 5am anxiety too :( I've tried various drugs/herbs but the only 3 things that help me get out of it are 1. ridiculous dance sessions in the evening with good music- go crazy and get out of your head! 2. aromatherapy: lavender or frankencense on a little cotton pad under your pillow sheet at night. 3. some good fiction before bed so you aren't thinking about "real life" things :)

    good luck!

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    1. This comment is very kind and made me tear up a little. Thank you.

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  9. Anonymous8.8.13

    I feel like this was something very nice and unexpected to read right now. Inspiring me to do yoga again (I'm also very on and off with it like you mentioned). Thank you!

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  10. I'm really trying to get into yoga, but I can't find a good all-female class! That red yoga mat is gorgeous.

    denimandglory.wordpress.com

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    1. Funny, when I was going to classes most of the time they were all-female just by chance!

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  11. How lovely! beautiful bra top - though I couldn't wear it either.

    Valentina
    Valentina Duracinsky Blog
    -- Facebook Page

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  12. A while back I won a month of free yoga (we were asked to share our best sob story for why we needed it) and the manager then asked me to clean their studio in exchange for free yoga -- such a godsend. I'm going to have to look into that Shiva Rea recording -- funnily enough, the studio is called Yoga Sanctuary!

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    1. Yeah, lots of studios do energy exchanges like that. It's a nice concept! Actually when I first got the Yoga Sanctuary CDs the studio I was going to was also called Yoga Sanctuary, ha.

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  13. I highly recommend yogadownload.com. They have TONS of classes that you can stream or download, and many of the shorter (20 min) classes are free. The longer classes are only a couple bucks. There are some guided meditations on there too.
    The cat pillow is great. My cat recently attacked me while I was on my mat, which did not = a relaxing yoga experience!!!

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    1. Nice, thanks! There were a couple of suggestions for that site, so I'll check it out.

      Yeah, my cat decided to nibble on my hand yesterday... oh cats.

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  14. Shiva Rea! Her prenatal yoga is my pregnancy dream come true. I'm pretty picky about my (video) instructors, and I love her. And every morning we spend together.

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    1. Oh nice! I remember when I saw her prenatal yoga DVD with her pregnant belly on the cover, I felt so excited for her even though I obviously don't know her! I only knew her beautiful, soothing voice.

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  15. love, love yoga. I could go on and on and your picks are just perfect! must try that candle. you should check out these leggings from James Preston on etsy. some are a little wild but I've got three pairs and they are perfect for a warm vinyasa practice. http://www.etsy.com/shop/JamesPrestonSF oh! and I've been making a killer yoga playlist on spotify - I'll share the link with you!

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  16. i love to supplement classes at my studio in roncesvalles with online classes from yogadownload.com. you can stream free 20 minute classes or get a subscription which lets you download longer ones. i didn't think I would like home practice so much but these classes are really so good...so much variety!

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    1. Yeah, I find that I can really get into it at home! It's nice to take the occasional class, of course, but at home with the right settings it can be great.

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  17. I love yoga. I am lacking motivation to do it on my own and want to take classes once a week again instead. My cat loves the yoga mat, too.

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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    1. Good luck! Looks like many of us are in the same boat.

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  18. I used to go to yoga classes twice a week, and loved it so much but haven't been for years. I'm hoping to get back into it now that I've just finished studying... This round up is gorgeous, and spurring me on even more. That mat is seriously beautiful, and I looove the Nike trainers!

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  19. I long for only-wearing-a-bra-top confidence too (only for running - I've never tried yoga, but now after this post.... maybe I'm finally inspired to?)

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  20. There are a lot of really rad yoga/meditation apps as well. A little too "new school" for some but I love the convenience!

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  21. Anonymous21.8.13

    My cat does that, too! She likes to snuggle up next to me when I'm in, like, bridge pose. It's so cute that it's hard to make her move! :)

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  22. Anonymous21.8.13

    Oh, also, the Chodron book on meditation is phenomenal.

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  23. Loving the yoga mat! Mine is just regular purple, nothing very exciting...

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  24. I've been into yoga for about a year now, and I am seriously hooked. I love that I get a great workout, I can increase my flexibility, and practice meditation all at the same time. This tie dye yoga bag is perfect!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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