Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Yoga Clothing, Rugs, Props, Mats and More from Barefoot Yoga (Review with Giveaway, Ends 06/04/14, Continental U.S. Only)

Disclosure: We received a free yoga rug in exchange for our honest opinion about it.
 
 
 
It was during a long journey through India, the birthplace of yoga, when I realized the necessity of a yoga mat for my practice.

Having the ability to lay it down wherever I was at that moment, on a dirt floor, or any patch of well-worn earth and just practice, was a luxury to me.

Putting my face to the ground where people and animals have walked for centuries took my attention away from my yoga practice. My mat became sacred to me and was all I needed between my body and all that history.
 
Doing yoga in India is as natural as breathing itself.

Walking through the streets, shoulder to shoulder with the masses, with all the senses aroused, I began to feel the ancient practice of yoga ingrained in every aspect of Indian culture, and I knew I was in the right place.
 
I was artistically inspired by the infinite array of patterns and colors I saw in India. From the multicolored jacquard saris drying along the Ganges, the orange cloths of Saddhus, the decorative bindis (third-eye), holy cows, exotic fruits and vegetables, earthy spices, sweet chai, and swollen sacks of Basmati rice, to the intricate swirls and scrolls in the architecture.
 
This inspiration I put into the design of the original yoga mat bag in 1996, which became essential for carrying all I needed for yoga while in transit throughout India, be it on a bus, train, or bicycle to and from studying yoga in Mysore.
Blended with the sea of humanity, I was caught in a wave from the minute I stepped out of the airport into a bustling Indian city, until the day I stepped back into another century as I boarded the plane to leave.
 
Back home, everything seems so fast-paced. It is hard to be prepared enough to conquer daily challenges, and basic life pressures seem to be ever increasing as our perceptions of the world become more complicated.

Yoga has always been an escape from mental chaos and an entry into tangible peace and self-acceptance for me.
 
I offer these products as tools to help achieve more peace and stillness through the practice of yoga when there is restlessness of the mind, intellect and spirit. These tools are only external props that I have personally enjoyed in my experiences. The true pathway is within yourself.
Enjoy the products. Enjoy the yoga.
Namasté,
Barefoot Yoga co.
 
 
After reading that, don't you just want to travel to India yourself? I know I do now! But it also makes me want to do more yoga. We love yoga around here, including my children. So we were excited when Barefoot Yoga sent us one of their Mysore Rugs to try out. 
 
 
 
 
 

We received the Bengal Blue Practice Rug and Daniella really enjoys using it. 

 
 
 
Look how gigantic it is! This Mysore Rug measures:
 
Standard: 28" wide x 74" long x 1/8" thick

Bengal Blue Rugs also available in:
Extra Long: 28" wide x 100" long x 1/8" thick
Extra Wide: 36" wide x 74" long x 1/8" thick
 
 
 
She likes having a special place to sit to do yoga. Having boundaries is good for her to help her remember where she needs to be so that she isn't in anyone else's way and potentially in harm's way.
 
 
 
Daniella can easily spread out and have plenty of room to grow. She can do any yoga pose she wants and not bump into anyone anymore! 
 
 
 
Barefoot Yoga's Original Mysore Practice Rugs have been traditionally used for Mysore style Astanga practice in India and are also excellent for any athletic or sweat-producing yoga practice like Bikram or Vinyasa styles. These decorative and tightly woven cotton rugs have been around for centuries and are considered to be the first mats ever used for yoga practice in India. Mysore rugs are one of the more eco-friendly yoga mats available as they are completely biodegradable and PVC free.

The rugs rest nicely over any
Yoga Mat and most floor surfaces, adding extra cushion for sitting postures and better traction and stability for standing postures. (We recommend using a mat under your rug to keep it from moving on the floor).
 
 
Mysore Practice Rugs
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I wash my rug in the washing machine?

Yes, However, WASH IN COLD WATER ONLY. This is very important for keeping the colors bright. If washed in Warm or Hot water, the colors may fade. After washing in Cold water separately either in the washing machine or by hand, we recommend hanging it to dry or, if in a hurry to have it dry, throw in a gentle dryer and bring to class slightly damp for the best traction available.
Q: I am still slipping on my rug. What's wrong?

The rug works best when damp. If you are starting your practice dry, you will not achieve the best traction until your rug is slightly damp from sweating. We suggest, as they do in India, to sprinkle water on your rug at the hand and feet position before starting your practice. Only a small amount of water is necessary. Or, start your practice on your sticky mat, and when you start to sweat and slip on your sticky mat, then roll out your practice rug and the slipping will stop with the moisture from perspiration from your hands and feet.
 
USE AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRACTICE RUGS
For best results with your Practice Rug, lightly sprinkle water over the entire rug surface, or lightly mist your rug evenly with a small spray bottle before class (especially at hands and feet position) and you should achie ve excellent traction during your practice. You can also roll out your rug over your sticky mat after you begin to sweat and no water will be needed. The more you sweat, the better the traction.

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS:

All of our Practice Rugs are 100% cotton and can be washed in a standard washing machine on GENTLE CYCLE in COLD WATER ONLY. Or, they are best washed in a tub of cold water with a light, natural detergent and hung to dry. Please note: We have had 2 cases of people washing their rugs in a top-loading washing machine, where the churner of the machine has caught the fringes and pulled the fringes off of the rugs, so we suggest using your best judgement if washing them in a top-loading machine since there is a slight risk of this happening to you. Thousands of others have been washed in a top-loading machine with great success. If you are in a hurry, it is ok to throw your damp washed rug into a gentle dryer to expedite your drying time, but many like to take their damp rugs to class to achieve better traction. Rugs will tighten up with washing and drying, but do not shrink. They loosen with use.




Overall, we have been very happy with our Barefoot Yoga Mysore Rug. It works very well on the carpet in our living room. I haven't needed to wash it yet so I can't speak for how it holds up in the laundry, but the instructions seem easy enough, don't you think? It rolls up well and can be stored easily, too, which makes it even better to me!


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