Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gift Guide for the Yogi

Gift giving at Christmas often has an unsavory whiff of the obligatory about it. Why do we exchange gifts? At it's worst, it's a mandatory financial remuneration. You gave me something worth this much, therefore, I'll give you something worth that much. At it's best, it's an expression of love and affection. A thoughtful gift says, "Hey, I know you, I've thought about you, here's a little something you probably wouldn't have done for yourself." This year, I'm putting together gift guides in that spirit.

The yogi likes to keep things simple, so don't weigh her down. Here are five ideas she'll love.

Beautiful Yoga clothes from Athleta

Have you had the pleasure of walking into Athleta yet? It's a beautifully curated selection of sportswear that still manages to feel polished and feminine. Their yoga clothes are spendy, but beautifully made with interesting details that never lose their function. I love the pairing of pink and plum in this shot. 
Namaste card from One Fine Day Press

Every yogini knows that "Namaste" means "the spirit in me honors the spirit in you". That seems like a perfect sentiment to emblazon on stationery. What better way to honor a friend than with a hand written note? 

B.K.S. Iyengar wrote the book on yoga. wrote the book on yoga, and is largely responsible for popularizing it in the United States. She should definitely have this in her personal library.  

Thirsty Yoga towel

If she practices hot yoga, there's a good chance she could use an extra thirsty yoga towel. All those downward dogs work up a sweat and leave towels funky, so it's nice to have several. I love the citrusy colors available at Target. If you're feeling handy, you could mix up a bottle of mat cleaner at home, add a pretty tag and include it with the towel. Otherwise, pass along the vinegar trick; soak those yucky towels and clothes in the sink with 1/2 cup of white vinegar, then launder as usual. Fresh as a daisy! 

Image from Sarah Brumgart, yoga teacher and dancer based in Austin, Texas.

Sometimes the best gift is a change of scenery. If she already has a favorite studio, offer a pass to one she hasn't tired yet. Better still, buy a pass for two and enjoy a class together. (Groupon has lots of fun and inexpensive options in many cities!) Sharing a search for inner stillness will be a gift for both of you, especially amid the hustle of the holidays. 

See my Etsy picks for the yogi right over here

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