Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: Dancers & Yogis

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With Black Friday just three days away, the official start of the holiday shopping season is just around the corner. While you may have already begun your holiday shopping, you probably still have a number of things left on your list. With our handy gift giving guide, you can find something great for the whole family. In the first installment of our holiday gift guide, we are sharing our favorite gifts for dancers and yogis. These gifts are perfect for the seasoned dancer and yogi, as well as beginners who want to be more active.

Top Gifts for Dancers

Capezio Bunhead Muscle and Joint Gel

Capezio Muscle and Joint Gel

Capezio’s Bunhead Muscle and Joint Gel effectively relieves dancers of the sore muscles and aching joints they endure from a long day of dancing. Formulated with Hawaiian seaweeds, willow bark extract and other minerals and essential oils, this pain relieving gel contains anti-inflammatory properties to sooth aches and pains and stimulate cell turnover. To use it, simply spread the gel on sore muscles and joints. Wrap the affected area with a cloth for a therapeutic treatment, or massage it until dry. Retails for $21.47.

Bloch Amalgam Leather Dance Sneakers

Bloch Amalgam Leather Dance Sneakers

The Bloch Amalgam Leather Dance Sneaker is a must-have dance shoe. A hybrid between a jazz shoe and dance slipper, the Amalgam dance sneaker is designed for advanced and novice dancers alike. The ultra-lightweight, flexible design allows dancers to move more freely, while the breathable mesh paneling and odor-resistant Dri-lining keeps feet dry and comfortable. Other key highlights include the slip-on style and intelligent lacing system and the non-marking thin split rubber traction sole. Retails for $52.00.

Capezio Asymmetrical Zipper Jacket

Capezio Asymmetrical Zipper Jacket

Do you know someone who could use a comfortable and stylish dance jacket to wear to and from rehearsal? The Capezio Asymmetrical Zipper Jacket is the perfect solution! Designed with the active body in mind, this dance jacket features StudioDri technology— a quick drying performance material. Other amazing features include the mesh inserts, asymmetrical zipper, molded Capezio zipper pull and convenient thumb hole. Retails for $83.30.

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Top Gifts for Yogis

Manduka GO Free 2.0 Bag

Manduka GO Free 2.0 Bag
Manduka’s GO Free Bag is the ultimate gift for yogis. The bag is an innovative and functional hybrid of a backpack and mat carrier that combines comfort and convenience. The spacious main compartment offers a convenient and secure top-loading external pocket for up to an 85 mat, as well as a safely padded pocket for your laptop and external pockets for storing additional clothing and gear. This bag also features an air mesh padded back panel for extra comfort and a hidden side pocket for securely storing your phone. Made with weather and water resistant materials, this bag is perfect for someone who wants to take their yoga gear with them wherever they go. Retails for $120.00.

Ahnu Karma Flats

Ahnu Karma Flats

The Ahnu Karma slip-on flats effortlessly combine style and comfort to bring you a shoe that truly embodies yoga-chic. Made from soft, supple, full-grain leathers, these flats are travel-friendly and made for all day wear, whether you’re practicing yoga, traveling or running errands. The stretchy back heel delivers a secure yet comfortable fit, while also making them easy to pack. These flats also feature a sculpted EVA footbed wrapped in micro-fiber suede for additional softness and comfort. Retails for $89.95.

prAna Sutra Pants

prAna Sutra Pants

Great for yoga and climbing, the Sutra Pant from prAna becomes every man’s favorite pair of pants. Made from hemp, Lycra and recycled polyester, these pants are kind to you and the environment. The Sutra Pant offer a relaxed fit with wide legs, an inseam gusset, front pockets with a topstitch detail, and a drawstring waist. Retails for $69.95.

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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.

This Year’s Hottest Fitness Trends

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If you’re doing push-ups, planks and squats while tracking your fitness activity with an activity tracker, then you’re on the forefront of growing fitness trends. Bodyweight training, fitness trackers, yoga and specialty fitness centers are some of the biggest fitness trends for 2015. Whether you’re looking for a new fitness plan to help you achieve your desired beach body, or you’re wondering how your workout compares to the greater population, consider this year’s hottest fitness trends.

1. Body Weight Training

Body weight training, such as lunges, crunches, planks and squats, claimed the #1 spot in the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual fitness trend forecast, which surveys thousands of fitness professionals. Body weight training requires minimal equipment and allows you to get back to the basics with fitness, performing many exercises you likely did in high school gym class. By using little to no equipment, these exercises are more affordable and have also been incorporated into many fitness programs.

2. Fitness Trackers

Fitness and activity trackers are devices and applications that monitor and track fitness-related metrics, such as the amount of steps taken, distance ran, heartbeat, quality of sleep and calorie consumption. The fitness tracker craze isn’t expected to go away. Research shows 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 18 own some kind of fitness tracking device, and that number is expected to increase as more than 20 million fitness trackers are projected to sell this year.

3. Yoga

While yoga is an ancient tradition that has been around for thousands of years, the activity that poses many physical and mental health benefits has amassed great popularity in the U.S. in recent years. Approximately 21 million Americans claim to have tried yoga in the past year, and that number is anticipated to grow.

4. Specialty Fitness Studios

Specialty fitness studios, such as CrossFit gyms and cycling studios, are also expected to maintain their vast level of popularity. These types of studios focus on strength training and weight loss and have members partake in fitness activities and classes in small groups. To put their popularity into perspective, CrossFit has over 7,000 gyms and over 10 million members.

To get the most out of your fitness routine, buy workout shoes and clothes online at ShoppingBlitz. We carry the world’s best brands of athletic and fitness gear, including Columbia Sportswear, Adidas, Under Armour, Fila and more.

 

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!

 

 

Spotlight on Kathryn Budig

UA kathry budigAny true yogi knows that the practice of yoga is more than just another exercise. That the only competition is the one with yourself. A cute butt in designer clothes is nothing compared to the inner peace one can receive from a devoted practice. We get that and we love that brands like Under Armour, Juil and teachers like Kathryn Budig do as well. Get real with your practice and let the real benefits of yoga shine through.

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Instead of a limited definition, yoga is an all-encompassing idea. Far beyond the physical asana, beyond the ego, beyond the business of yoga, lies something a bit more intangible, something mystical. Kathryn Budig knows that to be a teacher of this age-old wisdom is a privilege not a right. Ms. Budig became the face of Under Armour’s Women’s Studio Line in 2012, as well she supports other lines like Juil, that enable her to connect to her practice in a grounding way.