The holidays are just around the corner and most likely you have a yogi on your gift giving list. If you’re looking for the perfect present, here are a few suggestions*:
Personal Yoga Props. With virtual classes from home and limited props available in studio this is a great time for yogis to have their own stash of props. A great starter kit includes 2 blocks, a yoga strap and a blanket. If you really want to go over the top include a nice sturdy bolster. Your neighborhood studio probably has many of these props in stock for purchase, so that’s the first place I would check. If you need to order online here are some of the props I like:
- Blocks: cork blocks are great for a home studio (they’re a little heavier), but for lugging to the studio opt for sturdy foam blocks.
- Yoga Strap: there are lots of substitutes that work well, but nothing beats good quality yoga strap with a pinch buckle. Don’t scrimp on length because it makes the strap more versatile, 8′ is a good length for most. Tall yogis (6’2″ or taller) might prefer a 10′ strap.
- Yoga Blanket: a good sturdy blanket has lots of uses during practice. These are the blankets I use and people ask me all the time where I got them. They come in lots of colors, so pick your yogi’s favorite.
Grown-Up Yoga Mat. Whether you’re shopping for a new yogi or an experienced one, odds are they could use a mat upgrade. New yogis often start with borrowed or really inexpensive, low quality mats. Experienced yogis probably need a refresher (this yogi included!) since they do wear over time. There are lot of good quality mats to choose from, but my favorites are the Jade Harmony (bonus: they plant a tree for every mat sold) and the Lululemon Reversible Mat. If you’re shopping for a tall yogi, consider the XL or longer mats. They will love the extra room!
Mask Up! Commemorate this holiday amid a pandemic with the gift of a mask. If your yogi is practicing at the studio or gym, they may want to (or be required to) wear a mask. Most masks are fine for gentle practices, but if your yogis is going to Flow/Vinyasa or Power, they may want a mask designed for optimal airflow. This mask is designed for athletes and would work great in the yoga room.
Easy Yoga Room Upgrade. Make their practice space really special with a pretty diffuser. Adding essential oils is a great way to elevate the yoga experience and the easiest (and prettiest) way to do that is diffusing oils. This lovely diffuser is part of my personal practice space, but would fit in any room of the house.
Private or Small Group Sessions. Check with your yogi’s favorite teacher or studio and set up a private or small group session for them. These can be done in person and often times virtually. A private session allows your yogi some personalized time and focus, it’s also a really decadent treat to be the focus o a practice! Sessions can be tailored to the needs and goals of your yogi, giving them a nice boost to their practice in the new year.
Share the Love. If your yogi is like me what they really want is to share the practice. Pick a class or time that the two of you can practice together and go with a happy heart. Make it a day and pick up some take out for a brunch or dinner after class.
I hope these recommendations are helpful to you. Do you have any tried and true gifts for your yoga friends that have been a hit in the past? Be sure to share your ideas in the comments section.
*This listing includes products and retailers that I enjoy, I do not receive any compensation for these recommendations.