Some people need extra cushioning. Some people need more stickiness. Some just want something lightweight they can tote around on their bike. Use this guide to figure out what you’re looking for in a yoga mat and which will work best for your practice. More
Topic: yoga mats
After a particularly grueling pilates class at my gym a few weeks back, one class member approached the instructor with a question that, while it sounded harsh, was something I’d been wondering, as well.
“So, tell me. What’s the worst thing I could catch from using the communal mats for this class?”
Ah, summer is officially here. And the longest day of the year is cause for celebration, right?
If you live in New York, you can join thousands of your favorite fellow yogis tomorrow for the all-day Lucy Solstice in Times Square. Last year, 5,000 yogis came out to salute the sun in a major way in the heart of the busiest city on earth while hundreds of onlookers gazed at the wonderment of people twisting, bending and vinyasa-ing in unison. More
Spring means time to hit the gym and get back in shape before summer, but heavy gym bags don’t make it very fun. In fact, we’ll be honest: Carrying all our stuff around the city sucks so much that sometimes, we just don’t do it, which means we aren’t really getting to the gym. Between the clothes, shoes, makeup, toiletries, and equipment we have to lug around, we can easily feel like nomads, which is a) not the look we’re going for and b) not a good way to treat our backs and shoulders. We want to get our exercise at the gym, not hauling around our workout gear. More
Work Out the Jitters – Studies show that exercise relieves anxiety in the short term, so if you’re on edge about your upcoming job interview or nervous for a big speech, head to the gym to work it out. (PsychCentral)
Ins & Outs of Radiation Exposure – The health risks of Japan’s nuclear disaster are minimal, say scientists, but many people are falling victim to iodine scams in efforts to protect themselves from radiation exposure. (NPR)
Guns N’ Roses Sample Sale – If you’re in the market for antique yoga paraphernalia, today’s your day: Slash is auctioning off his Tibetan yoga mats to benefit the Los Angeles Youth Network. (YogaDork) More
If you haven’t done quite enough downward dogs to have the shapely legs and sculpted triceps of a yogi, never fear: Your yoga mat serves as evidence of your hard work. But according to the New York Times, the newest trend among serious students is to ditch the mat entirely. Their Lotus Can’t Take Root on a Yoga Mat reports that a number of yoga teachers and students feel the mats are bad for the environment and less hygenic, and some even say they get in the way of their practice. More
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