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YOGA GIFT GUIDE: for the yoga beginner

[ 8 ] November 23, 2012 |

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Searching high, low, + bendy for the perfect present to give the yoga beginner in your life? Perhaps you are new to yoga and need a leg up on the essentials for a new yogi / yogini. You’re in luck — Namastilo has the ultimate gift guide for the new-to-yoga! These mindfully curated picks are sure to start any yoga beginner off on the right foot.

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Yoga Gift Guide for the Yoga Beginner:

New yogis often buy themselves the cheapest, easy-access yoga accessories. As their practice and experience grow, they come to realize that the discount retail store mat or prop slips like crazy, has holes worn in it after minimal usage, and could be vastly improved upon. Investing in high quality pieces that seasoned practitioners have tested + glowingly approved saves funds and time. Gifting items like these is a loving, thoughtful, and foundation-building act.

    1. The Mat (women) + The Mat (men) - Lululemon // the holy grail of yoga mats. made to last. give the gift of steady, comfortable, stellar yoga practice support. (read Namastilo’s review of The Mat for in-depth deets.) ($68)
    2. Cork Yoga Block - Hugger Mugger // props, especially blocks, are crucial to the beginner’s yoga practice, making many poses accessible and more safe. these cork blocks are sturdy, so comfortable, and grip with no slip. also: eco-friendly and long-lasting. gifting tip: buy two. ($18)
    3. Eco Cotton Yoga Blanket - Yoga Accessories // another important prop providing gentle support and expanded access to certain poses. the perfect savasana blankie. gifting tip: buy two. ($27)
    4. 8′ Cinch Buckle Yoga Strap - Yoga Accessories // ample length, strong construction, and bargain-priced. every yogi needs at least one in their toolkit. ($8)
    5. eQua Yoga Mat Towel - Manduka // a top-tier quality mat towel has many uses: sweat-mopper, de-slicking mat cover, savasana blanket, and more. manduka’s towel is fab and a must for bikram / hot yoga and vinyasa flow. ($42)
    6. Hatha Yoga Illustrated Book - Martin Kirk // this book is brilliant — clear, chock full of info yet not esoteric, and a fantastic reference manual. a perfect guide to yoga’s poses. includes instruction, counter poses, physical + mental benefits, english + sanskrit names, and contraindications. ($11)
    7. Meditate Rudraksha Mala Bracelet - Mala Imports // the power of rudraksha runs deep. for the new yogi, a simple, well-crafted mala bracelet can bring a sense of connection and intention. ($14)
    8. Membership for Online Yoga Classes - Gaiam TV, YogaGlo, + YogaVibes // oftentimes, beginners are hesitant to take in-person classes. with online classes, they can learn at their own pace, in the comfort of home sweet home. gaiam, yogaglo, and yogavibes are all excellent choices for yoga videos. you’ll find amazing instructors at each site, and they all have their own particular aesthetic, format, and extras. choose the one you think best fits your giftee’s style and you can’t go wrong. gifting tip: each site offers a free trial + a selection of free videos and snippets to help you make your pick. (from $10/month)
    9. Zip Yoga Mat Bag - Bean Products // toting an unwieldy yoga mat around is a pain. the solution: a yoga mat bag. this one is durable, easy to open + close, has room for keys and other essentials, comes in a rainbow palette of colors, and feels comfy over your shoulder. a steal! it doesn’t get better than this. ($20)

 

Happy gift-giving! Stay tuned for more thoughtful, fun, expertly-curated yoga gift guides.

 

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  1. Awesome list! I would add a gift certificate for a local studio for classes or a workshop.

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  2. great list! ditto what Mer says

  3. So says:

    Awesome list, Lo! :-) I would like to add http://www.yogadownload.com/ to the 8th point above – pretty exhaustive site! Check it out (though you might already have)! :-)

  4. Arlet says:

    mat bags are my new obsession! not sure why I need more than 1,but oh well! http://extendyoga.com