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The Yogi Gift Guide – 20 gift ideas for your yogi friend

20 gift ideas that any yogi would appreciate! From yoga inspired reading lists to DIY gifts, you’ll find a range of ideas to celebrate your BYF (best yogi friend).

Props that feel oh-so-good

Some of my favorite props that I like using for my own practice.
  1. Yoga therapy balls– These work perfectly for those hard to reach muscle knots in the back.
  2. Bolster– Essential for any restorative pose or meditation cushion. Recline onto your bolster to open your chest after a day at the office or elevate your hips to relieve low back pain.
  3. Tibetan Singing Bowl – The sound vibrations trigger meditative states comparable to a hard brain reset. Not to mention, they are a beautiful addition to your yoga space!

DIY your gift

A handmade present always adds an extra touch of love.
  1. Mat spray – 1/4 witch hazel, 3/4 water, 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils. I like to combine lavender oil and eucalyptus oil. Super simple!
  2. Mala Jewlery – Not only are malas fun to wear, they serve as a great meditation tool.
  3. Eye Pillows – Choose a silky fabric and find some dried lavender to fill your eye pillows for added luxe. Minimal sewing abilities required.

Little Gifts of Joy

Small, but thoughtful gifts.
  1. Meditation Journal – Perfect for writing reflections after your meditation practice or turn it into a gratitude journal.
  2. Selection of Teas – Who doesn’t love warm beverage on a cold day?
  3. Earrings – I love these woodcut earrings! They are simple, eye catching, and aren’t distracting during your yoga class. Comes in a variety of colors.
  4. Essential Oils – Put them on your body as perfume, use them in a diffuser for your home, or put them in cleaning products. One of my personal favorites I use in class is “Calm“, a blend of Lavender, Bergamot, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Lemon.
  5.  Succulents or Indoor Plants – Your Instagram-ready yoga space isn’t complete without indoor plants 😉 Improves air quality for your breath conscious yogi. Just make sure they have a green thumb!
  6. Candle – Another way to add ambiance to your yoga space. I like to use them for candle-gazing meditation. And if your yogi is a St. Louis Craft Beer drinker… try out Twinkle Brews, they’ll make your favorite beer into a candle!

Bookish Yogis

Reads that every yoga nerd should have.
  1. You are Here  by Thich Naht Hanh – I like to read a couple of pages from this book when I get into a funk. Thich Naht Hanh has a poetic way of lightening the mood 🙂
  2. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk – Essential for anyone interested in understanding how trauma effects the body and brain. Explains how somatic practices like yoga can be used alongside traditional therapy to treat trauma.
  3. The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield – This book is filled with great insights into the human condition and how to improve your happiness in practical ways using compassion-based practices.
  4. Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith – A great introduction to the chakra system and its applications to Western psychology.

STL Locals!

Shop local this season for your yogi friend.
  1. Dimvaloo Gift Card – With over 10 different brands of activewear, your yogi friend can definitely find something she loves. Plus, she can shop online with free shipping anywhere in Missouri. Win.
  2. Sol Sweat Gift Card– Infared saunas are among the top wellness trends of 2018 according to many health bloggers. Did you know a sauna session can have the similar effects to cardiovascular exercise? I’d give up my running shoes for this…
  3. Confluence Kombucha Gift Card – Ever had a Kombucha flight? Choose between 8 unique rotating taps like asian pear or cranberry. Don’t forget to bring your growler to fill up with ‘booch afterwards. Bonus, the food is amazing. Vegan-friendly dishes that will make you rethink your opinions on tempeh.
  4. Private Yoga Session – Just a wee plug! We offer private yoga classes for your loved ones. Classes take place in the student’s home or other comfortable setting. Convenient and customized for any student, without the intimidation of going to a yoga studio.

 

Yogi Eats: Chickpea Salad Sandwich

As a vegetarian, I'll admit I miss sandwiches the most (I'm including burgers in the sandwich category, and no-- I don't really miss bacon). Sandwiches are so easy to slap together. Deli meat and cheese on 2 slices of bread, spice it up with accouterment, and there's a perfect 5 minute lunch. However as a vegetarian making a sandwich, I end up spending 5 minutes deciding what the heck to even put on it. Tomato sandwiches are only good in the summer and don't even get me started on soy deli meats.

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Ask a Yogi – What’s a quick meditation I can do anytime?

Just being aware of your body and the surroundings can be a meditation in itself. Moments of awe happen on a daily basis, the challenging part is stopping to see them.

Last week, I was driving to class consumed with thought. Mindlessly driving thinking about how I felt stagnant. I slowed down as I approached the longest stoplight ever on Lindbergh and zoned out looking at the trees nearby. They almost looked like glitter against the backdrop of crystal blue sky. In that moment, I felt like time slowed down and suddenly I didn't mind waiting at the light. I stared at the tree leaves brushing against each other in shades yellow green, and orange thinking how lucky I was to live in a place with trees (Kansas City folks, you're really missing out).

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April Playlist

Bluesy electronic and folksy tunes this month with a lot of feel good vibes. I got a little behind on my playlists this month, but I’m happy with how it turned out 🙂

This April playlist is all about:

Rhythm & soul.

Enjoy an eclectic mix of: Cat Stevens, Flume, and some crazy remixes on The Weekend.

On my F L o W yoga April playlist:
  • Melt!Flying Lotus. An African vibe with good drum beats. Dare you not to shake while listening to this.
  • Holdin’ On Flume. One of two songs by Flume on this month’s yoga playlist. Will get stuck in your head: “Hip shakin’ lover, I love you!”
  • JubelHenry Krinkle. That sax though! Fun take on jazz and electronic music with Moroccan shakers!
  • White NoiseElla Vos. Her style reminds me of Halsey and Sia. Listen and see if you agree…
  • Without YouEddie Vedder. A song from the Ukulele Songs album. A beautiful song on a beautiful album.

On my G e N t L E yoga April playlist:

  • StarboyVitamin String Quartet. An orchestral remix on the Weekend’s top hit. Perhaps better than the original 🙂
  • Blue’s Soup Monetrik. Do you want to be in a soulful and happy mood? Take a listen. This brings you straight down to Nawlins!
  • Been Down This RoadRailroad Earth. Another good mood track. Ahh, reminds me of  my hippie bluegrass days..
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Sing OutCat Stevens. If you listened to this every day, think about how much better life would be. Sing OUT, Be FREE! I can’t stop smiling.