(image) Tara Stiles, yoga teacher and owner of Strala Yoga in New York City, is no stranger to the selfie, but this is taking public(ity) displays of yoga to a new level. Stiles spent yesterday ensconced inside a glass cube on the back of a truck driving around Manhattan to promote her collaboration with the W hotel chain. There's a contest involved (details here), 'cause what the world needs now is even more public displays of yoga.
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I've updated my list of online yoga sites to include Ekhart Yoga, which is very popular in Europe. The site is run by Esther Ekhart, a Dutch yoga teacher. Videos featuring Ekhart and a roster of over 15 other teachers are added daily. I found the quality of the instruction to be very high and was pleased to discover that there are a lot of videos there that will appeal to a more advanced yoga student as well as a beginner. Their monthly fee is reasonable and they have a sample of about 30 free videos so you can try before you buy. Get more details by checking out my full list of online yoga sites.
(image) YogaSphere is a system of yoga straps co-founded by Holly Bennett, a yoga teacher from North Carolina. Bennett felt that fiddling with a standard issue yoga strap (the kind with a buckle) was disruptive during flow yoga classes. She came up with the idea of instead using several circular straps in fixed sizes. She also found that using these straps improved her students' alignment more than a standard strap. The YogaSphere straps come in five sizes, which may be purchased individually or as a set.
In the interest of comparison, I tried the YogaSphere straps side-by-side with an adjustable yoga strap. The biggest plus for the YogaSphere straps is that they are narrower, making them sit more comfortably on the body. The teeny 4-inch strap was also nice for those binds where you are oh-so-close and a bigger strap is too bulky (especially around the big toe). In the longer lengths, I found the difference minimal. An adjustable strap also has one big, obvious advantage: it's adjustable. It can be any size you want. However, I know those buckles do confound a lot of people, so if you're one of them, the YogaSphere system provides a nice alternative.
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(image) I'm a total last-minute shopper, which often causes me to run around town like crazy searching for that perfect gift and wishing that I'd had the foresight to order the thing I really wanted ahead of time. So hear this PSA: Father's Day is coming up. If your dad/husband/grandad is into yoga, please consider the carefully chosen items on this gift guide for men. Thank you and you're welcome.
This blog (When A Yoga Teacher Ticks You Off, Is It Rude To Walk Out?) over at NPR has generated some internet chitchat recently. Our resident yoga etiquette has her own take, naturally. Read what Aunt Yoga has to say about when it is ok to leave a yoga class and what you might learn from the experience.
(image) When the mercury rises, the clothing starts to come off in yoga classes. If you're in the market for some summer yoga shorts, we have recommendations for men and women that range from barely there to bermudas.
Hyde Chrystie Short
(image) Salute the Desk is a new app that helps bring yoga into your workplace. Everyone knows that taking stretch breaks at work is a great way to release tension and reduce repetitive strain injuries, right?. But it can be tough to (1) remember to take breaks and (2) figure out which stretches to do. Enter the desk yoga app, which, at its best, takes care of both these problems for you. I tried 8 of the desk yoga apps available on iTunes to find the best options available.
I've been a fan of the Three Minute Egg ergonomic yoga prop for a while, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to check out their newest product, Junior Eggs. As you can see, these are the same shape as the original Eggs, just a bit smaller. They are great for petite people (including kids), but they also introduce a nice option for people with limited mobility in their spines. One of the nicest things to do with this prop is just to drape your spine over it, allowing its curve give you a supported backbend. Now people who need a gentler curve can also enjoy this application. And the Junior Eggs are made from materials salvaged from the process of creating the full-sized Eggs, so they help reduce waste as well. Aren't they just the cutest little guys?
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(image) In the crowded yoga marketplace, new brands come and go all the time. Some are great and some are, well, not so great. If you need dependable yoga clothing or gear, check out these six yoga brands that have established solid reputations in the yoga community.
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(image) In honor of Foot Health Awareness month (who knew?):