What do you get for the person who is calm and disciplined enough to spend time on her mat? Holiday gifts for yogis can be tough, but there are a few things (that aren’t mats or Lululemon gift cards) for you to get the yogi in your life, whether you’re related to her or not.
Everyday Yoga: At-Home Routines to Enhance Fitness, Build Strength, and Restore Your Body is a great tome for the slightly experienced yogi who can’t always make it to class. I own this book and love how well-explained the poses are. There are modifications (sweet and spicy), as well as sample routines that ensure you’re creating balance in your practice. There are even suggested routines do do based on how often you practice. One of the really great physical features of Everyday Yoga is the spiral binding, so it lays flat if you’ve got it open next to your mat for reference. For someone who is just starting to build his or her own home yoga practice, this book makes an excellent, thoughtful gift that will be well-referenced.
Gaiam Yoga Socks are one of those perfect holiday gifts for yogis who needs more grip on her mat or practices without one. The grippy bottoms prevent slipping, and the full-toe version keep feet warm in, say, cold, unheated CrossFit boxes during restorative yoga classes. The full-toe version is also great for barre fans. They also come in a toeless version.
Lavender Eye Pillow with Carry Bag is ideal for the yogi who practices to relax and relieve stress and anxiety. At the end of a practice, yogis lay in savasana, corpse pose. The lavender eye pillow helps to relax and soothe the mind and allow for a more meditative experience.
The Yoga Deck: 50 Poses & Meditations for Body, Mind, & Spirit. Sometimes life deals a bum hand, but this deck of cards won’t. Each of the cards provides instructions for the yoga pose, along with its benefits and affirmations. Your favorite yogi can arrange the cards in a sequence for a planned practice or follow sample routines provided. These are also nice and portable for yogis on the go.
Peaceful Lavender Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner with Microfiber Cleaning Towel. If you’re truly stumped or just need a stocking stuffer for your yogi, yoga mat cleaner is one of those useful things that’s always good to have on hand. Yoga mats get sweaty and a little smelly, but this lavender cleaner gets rid of the dirt and leaves the mat smelling fresh. Hardcore yogis will also appreciate that it’s organic.