Express Your Free Spirit with Yoga Gear from Shopping Blitz!

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Prized for its physical, mental and spiritual benefits, the ancient practice of yoga is a great exercise and meditative practice that can help improve your quality of life. Yoga has been associated with reducing stress levels, increasing strength and flexibility, and improving posture and cognitive function. Best of all, the activity is suitable for individuals of all ages and fitness levels.

Whether you’re a novice yogi or beginner, get the most out of your next yoga session with yoga gear and apparel from Shopping Blitz:

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prAna, Sanskrit for breath, is a sustainable lifestyle brand known for its top-quality yoga equipment, apparel and accessories. A Free Trade Certified company, all of prAna’s yoga mats, headbands, pants, tops and bags are made from eco-friendly materials, including organic cotton, hemp, recycled wool and recycled polyester, so you can feel confident about the products you use and wear. Shop prAna here.

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Lolё, short for Live Out Loud Everyday, is a leading yoga and activewear brand exclusively for women. From its high-performance leggings and sports bras to its quick drying tanks and jackets, all Lolё yoga apparel and accessories are made from sustainable materials, such as organic cotton and polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. Feel good inside and out and shop Lolё here.

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Manduka is a premier yoga company founded on the simple notion that a better yoga mat can make a huge difference. Upon its founding, Manduka shared its minimal but elegantly-designed yoga mat that provided a firm grip and extreme support. Since then, the brand has expanded to offer a variety of yoga straps, bags, towels and other accessories— all of which are produced using enduring natural and renewable materials. Browse Manduka here.

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Sakroots is a lifestyle brand offering quality everyday footwear and accessories for the yogi, including boots, sandals, oxfords, backpacks, totes and wallets. The brand’s free-spirited styles are rooted in its belief that peace and harmony are among all things, and it’s through its products and support for artists and charities that Sakroots shares this belief with others. Express yourself with Sakroots here.

Why You Should Wear Merino Wool When Working Out

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Calling all gym junkies, yogis and outdoor enthusiasts— it’s time to utilize merino wool activewear. Wool has many amazing properties that make it the ideal material for exercise clothing. While you may think wool is just suitable for winter conditions, it’s also appropriate for working out on those hot summer days. The material is soft, comfortable, lightweight, breathable and quick-drying and will keep you cool in the heat and warm in the cold. Many brands are taking advantage merino wool’s outstanding properties, particularly Ibex— a Vermont-based merino wool company providing high-performance activewear and outdoor apparel. Read on to learn more about the benefits of wearing merino wool while working out.

  • Temperature Control. Wool’s temperature control properties make it ideal for both warm and cold weather conditions. Unlike synthetic fabrics, merino wool responds to changes in body temperature. It absorbs moisture and evaporates it into the air to keep your body comfortable and dry in all conditions. Due to its ability to absorb and evaporate moisture, merino is incredibly breathable and won’t create static electricity or uncomfortably cling to your skin.
  • Extreme Comfort. Merino wool is super soft and flexible. Its tiny fibers allow the material to bend more than other wool fibers, so the material feels soft and gentle against your skin. Additionally, the material is naturally elastic so it will stretch with you, making it perfect for exercise.
  • Odor Resistance. Merino wool has anti-microbial properties that keep your garments fresh and odor free, no matter how much you sweat. While your other workout clothes will start to smell after a single use, wool apparel and accessories won’t stink. This means you can wear them for longer and more times between washes, which is particularly beneficial for backpacking and camping.
  • Easy Care. Wool is stain-resistant, machine-washable and anti-wrinkle, so merino wool apparel is extremely simple to care for. It won’t be easily stained by dirt or grime, and you can simply throw it in the washer and dryer to for an easy clean.
  • Sustainability. Merino wool is a 100% natural and renewable fiber, so it’s good for you and the environment.

These are some of the many reasons to wear wool while working out. To shop for wool clothes online, visit ShoppingBlitz.com.

Five Common Yoga Myths Debunked

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Yoga is here to stay. The $27 billion industry is practiced by over 21 million U.S. adults, according to a survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease and Prevention. Despite its ever growing following, several myths still hold water, even amongst devoted yogis. Let’s debunk some common myths and get you on (or back to) the mat.


1. Yoga is not a workout
When most people think of yoga they think of calming, seated poses and forget that there are many types of yoga designed to offer a full body practice. Take one power, Ashtanga or heated class and you will become a convert. These disciplines increase your heart rate while improving respiration, help balance metabolism, build full body strength and burn calories.

2. Yoga is too expensive

A lot of people get turned off from yoga because they believe the financial commitment will be more than they can handle. Many studios offer introductory packages for new students. Plus, anyone with a computer can find either free classes via YouTube or affordable online yoga services. Better yet, once a yogi develops their skills they can design a practice curated to their specific needs.

3. Yoga is too much of a time commitment

Completing a 60-90 minute class can feel like an accomplishment but for those that are short on time this is not always an option. Even a short, 20 minute yoga practice can provide results. Research shows that just 20 minutes of yoga can improve memory and brain function related to focus and new information retention.

4. Men don’t practice yoga

In ancient times yoga was only practiced by men. It is only in this country that we think of it is a female-only activity. The truth is more men are showing up in classes and realizing the benefits of increased muscle strength, improved performance in other sports and less injury.

5. Pregnant women should refrain from practicing yoga

The opposite is true, yoga during pregnancy can significantly reduce stress and contribute to a healthier pregnancy. Prenatal yoga can decrease the risk of depression, back pain and nausea. A 2012 study found that when pregnant women practiced yoga for one hour, three times a week, the risks of low birth weight babies, gestational diabetes and high blood pressure were decreased.

To get the most out of your yoga experience, shop for yoga gear online and make yoga apart of your daily routine.

Studio Footwear Gets A Functional Upgrade

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As studio classes like pilates, yoga and barre increase in popularity, brands are following suit by developing options based on consumer need. The best footwear should have a close sock feel while providing grip, slip-resistance and slide. Shoes also need to be cross-functional, taking consumers from studio-specific work to time on the treadmill after class.  More than ever before fitness students are looking to their fitness instructors for what to wear on their feet. Based on these insights brands like ToeSox and Ahnu are creating a blend of function and fashion that bring a more premium product to the marketplace.

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Hygiene in the studio is something to always be mindful of, especially for students in group reformer, hot yoga and crowded barre classes, where the area is only as clean as the person before you left it. ToeSox’s organic cotton blend works as a barrier against errant germs and infections. ToeSox also provides slip-resistance and a five-toe design that allows the foot a broader foundation for increased balance. “Consumers are looking for high-quality footwear products to improve performance during their workout, whether that means holding a plank a little longer, being more grounded in releve or settling deeper into warrior II, stated Joe Patterson, founder of ToeSox, as reported by Footwear Insight, May/June 2015. Click here to shop Toesox.

Ahnu

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Ahnu has partnered with Blake Brody to create YogaSport, a on-the-mat footwear line. “We spent the last two years really dicing into the yoga space and connecting with consumers to really understand what is important to them, stated Jacqueline Van Dine, co-founder of Ahnu. Ahnu’s contribution to the market is a line of footwear that is supportive, stable, flexible and lightweight. YogaSport was designed for consumers looking for a hybrid workout, allowing a transitional ease from mat, to gym to trail. Click here to shop Ahnu.

The New Faces of Yoga

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Yoga is continuously changing. Over the last 30 years it has gone from living only on the outskirts of our society, to being immersed into small towns across the country. This change or awakening has spawned countless schools of thought and asana modifications. Yogis can no longer be painted into a corner, they are everywhere and bringing their practices into every aspect of their lives. Today yoga is done on paddle boards, while hiking, prepping for a climb or on a busy city street. These are the new faces of yoga.

 

Celebrated climber Chris Sharma embraces his inner yogi and explores the importance of balance, from agro to peace.

 

Nature or hiking yoga connects participants in a deep and visceral way to the earth’s energy. Heather Hollander is the creator of Nature. Yoga. Play., introduced at the 2013 Wanderlust Festival.

 

Paddleboard yoga has gained a notable following as of late due to its connection with the ocean and demand for balance. This energetic practice carries its benefits far beyond the board. Celebrated waterman, Michael Fukumura shares his personal warm up practice.

Why We Don’t Support Naked Yoga … Or Do We?

Outside Magazine recently published an article about Bold & Naked, the first coed naked yoga studio in New York City. Now don’t get us wrong we love yoga and support all exercise endeavors, we are just not sure Awkward Pose needs to get any more awkward. Besides the fact that we can’t sell yoga gear to nude yogis, we have a hard time with it conceptually. Don’t flailing body parts get in the way of certain moves? Can you really let go when you can see more of your classmates than you ever wanted to?

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However, as we take a closer look into the idea I wonder if we are just being prudish? “By shedding their clothes and practicing yoga in the nude, students literally drop the masks and labels they hide behind all day,” according to the Bold & Naked website. “Practicing yoga naked frees you from negative feelings about your body and allows you to be more accepting of your physical imperfections.” Not a bad reason to shed your clothes and get moving! So whether it’s nude, coed, upside down or outdoors .. we support anything that moves our bodies in a positive and mindful way. Had any experience with naked yoga? Comment and let us know!