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Holiday Gift Guide: For The Yogi

We all have that one yoga-obsessed friend who spends just as much time on a mat as they do off (or maybe that’s you!).  Peep our guide below for gift ideas that go beyond yoga pants and mats for your namaste loving friends – or explore the selections for a mindful gift to yourself this holiday season.

Pema Chodron’s Compassion Cards
The end of the year is not only a time for gift giving but also a time for reflection. These cards by Pema Chodron make it easy to cultivate compassion and reflect on what you’re thankful for every day.  Each card provides a mantra for meditation with advice on how to live more compassionately.  Even better? They fit easily into any work bag, which will make the daily commute just a little bit brighter.

Singing Bowl & Incense
Incausa is a Brooklyn-based company that provides makers from Brazil, Peru and Nepal the opportunity to sell their goods in an online marketplace. This singing bowl from a maker in Tibet helps guide your daily meditation through different sound vibrations.  For a heightened experience, pair with their hand-pressed incense.

Matcha Starter Set
If you can’t journey to New York to try one of our favorite cafes, Cha Cha Matcha, you can gift the magic of matcha.  This starter set from Teavana is made from stone-ground, shade-grown tencha tea greens leaves (meaning the freshest you can buy).  The set also includes a bowl and whisk, with 80 bamboo bristles, to whip up a perfect cup of matcha that you can sip right from the bowl.

Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude
For the yoga skeptic, give a copy of Stretch by Neil Pollack where he recounts his hilarious journey of becoming a yogi.  The easy read tells the story of how Pollack went from overweight and anxious to a transformed, healthy and inspired yoga practitioner.  Mixed with satirical humor and Pollack’s dry wit, this isn’t your typical yoga guide.

Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master
It’s no secret we’re big fans of Tao Porchon-Lynch. We were lucky enough to host a talk at The James New York – NoMad and yoga class at Madison Square Park this past fall. Dancing Light explores Tao’s journey with insights from the oldest active yoga master in the world. (She’s 99!) Get a real dose of mindfulness from someone who has been actively living it for almost a century.

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