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When you’re a yogi, buying gifts for friends isn’t as straightforward as a gift basket or the latest bestseller on bookstore shelves. You’ve got to be a little more creative, because that’s what you’re friends are like.
You know–they’re the natural types who like to drink goji-berry kombucha and ride their bikes to work. Or maybe you know the hardcore practitioner who–between their morning gym session, the work grind, and their evening candlelight yoga–takes a break just long enough to slug down an apple-ginger-kale smoothie. Or maybe it’s the newbie yogini–you know, the one who puts her mat in the corner of the studio every time, but shows up faithfully to the same class week by week.
Whichever it may be, I’ve got your yogi-gifting needs covered.
For the yoga diva: funky yoga pants
For the yoga history buff: The Yoga Body by Mark Singleton
This book is packed full of surprises about the origins of Hatha yoga. Those yoga poses we’re all doing in studios? According to Singleton, they actually come from a blend of British calisthenics and the Indian nationalist movement. Who knew? The perfect gift for the yogi-intellectual on your list.
For the tentative newbie or the adventurous one: yoga wheel
The yoga wheel is a great prop for those who aren’t used to backbending and want some extra support, those who have faced past injury and want to practice very safely, or the seasoned yogi who loves to explore their body and new ways of practicing the art of yoga.
These three items are the top of my yogi gift list because they’re thoughtful, eclectic, and cover a wide range of yogi personalities. Plus, they’re a lot more fun than a Hallmark card and bouquet of flowers.
Author: I’m Crystal; like my name, I have many facets. I am a writer, poet, philosopher, yogini, world traveler, and just about everything in between.
I draw my practice and teaching from the ancient wisdom of the Hatha yoga tradition, striving to make yoga accessible and relevant for the modern practitioner. I believe that yoga is much more than a fitness practice, but a means of experiencing your self and life more fully.
I’m always juggling opposite extremes, straddling a chasm, and otherwise keeping my eggs in two baskets. This includes worldly life and spirituality, motherhood and selfhood, work and play, discipline and indulgence. I believe that at the meeting of opposites, we find ourselves.