Yearning For Yoga

At the end of last year, I asked for some insight on what some of your New Years Resolutions were. One of the things I’d planned to write about this winter was gift giving ideas to help people stick with whatever they’ve pledged to do. Of course, one of the most common resolutions is to ‘finally get in shape’, by whatever means necessary. And you know, it’s a noble goal. I myself aimed to make working out a regular part of my weekly routine a few years ago, and I’ve maintained it to this day. If you’re among the many who ARE planning to get fit, or maybe are just looking for a way to bliss out, today’s gift ideas are for yoga enthusiasts – whether new to the fold or longtime lovers of getting limber.

Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga DVD – $16.98 @
If you’re truly a beginner to yoga, or if you just feel like you haven’t got the hang of it yet, this is the DVD for you. It includes two thirty-minute routines – one where you mostly do static poses and stretches to build flexibility, the other where you flow through movements for a more aerobic workout – that can be done independently or together. And if you’re challenged in the flexibility department (like myself), the DVD also comes with a strap to help with some of the more muscle-intensive poses. Your instructor Tamal (and the lush tropical backdrop) is a helpful motivator to pop this into the DVD player –Β  he’s truly skilled at breaking down exactly what each of your muscles should be doing to either make things easier, or to make you really feel them. Plus, you’ve got to believe the guy knows what he’s talking about; apparently he grew up on a yoga ashram, and yet he never ostracizes you with too much focus on the spiritual side of yoga – only challenges you to do your best.

The Mat – $68 @ lululemon
The Canadian yoga darling of the world, lululemon, is beloved by yoga enthusiasts and beginners alike for their athletically engineered workout gear that also happens to be uber comfy cozy. Naturally it makes sense to turn to one of the top yoga brands out there for your equipment as well, including their signature no slip yoga mat that’s perfect whether you love to get steamed up with hot yoga or to just channel your inner zen through a round of hatha yoga. The reviews across the board praise the mat for its durability, flexibility (it has two sides depending on your practice), and absorbency for the sweat you’re sure to shed while working out.

Jo-Sha Wipes – $11.99 for a 20-Pack
If you’ve got a fancy mat, there’s no doubt you’ll want to keep it in as pristine condition as possible. Jo-Sha cleansing wipes are an all-natural solution to both keep your yoga mat smelling fresh and keep your skin free from any bacterial creepy crawlies that may build up over time. The four different scents – tangerine, eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint – also boast aromatherapy benefits, from boosting energy to allowing you to unwind. There are a few studios in Canada that sell the wipes directly, or check out etailer Barefoot Yoga.

Fila Form Yoga Bag – $27.99 @ Sears
The beauty of yoga is all you really need is yourself, and to a certain degree, a mat. There are tons of companies out there producing beautiful yoga clothing that also makes a great gift, but I’m just focusing on the semi-necessities for your pal’s practice. This pretty yoga bag has an exterior strap to tote your mat to classes, but it also works perfectly as an everyday gym bag as well. The price makes it a great fit for your girlfriend / sister / friend that’s just revving themselves up for a few hard workouts.

Yoga to the Rescue: Remedies For Real Girls Yoga Deck – $16.95 (or $12.37 on or email The Crowne Gallery @
As you’ve probably discerned by this point, I’m not that into the whole uber spiritual side of yoga. I fully appreciate the calming and body-improving benefits from yoga, but the ‘body is my temple thing’ is a little beyond me. Enter Amy Luwis’ crazy cute yoga deck, featuring 48 yoga poses and fun illustrations that break down where every muscle should be, ways to take it a little easier on your limbs, and what exactly each pose can do for you – from tightening up your tush to curbing mid-afternoon snack cravings. Divided into seven easy-to-follow sections, you’ll find a yoga solution for any everyday malady. Looking for some on-the-go aid? You can also track down one of three yoga apps for your Smartphone including YogaBliss, YogaRemedy, and YogaSexy to get you ready for rest, recovery, and date nights alike.

Got a yen for yoga yet? RescueGirl is hooking up THREE lucky winners with one prize each. Check ’em out below:

1) Leave a comment below until February 6th, 2012 and tell me which of these yoga gifts – including the three giveaway prizes – you’d most like to give (or get!) Be sure to use a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.

2) Entries are limited to one per person per email address (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around January February 7th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry Time: Share some love with the lovely Amy Luwis over at RescueGirl. Like them on Facebook and you’ll earn a bonus entry – just be sure to tell me you did so in the comments below so I can cross-check if you’re selected as the winner.Β 


109 Responses to “Yearning For Yoga”
  1. Erin says:

    I’d love the yoga deck!

    • janet brokofsky says:

      I would love the yoga deck too :0 ) I love the artwork and think it would be inspired to do the moves more often.

  2. Angela Sproule says:

    I’d love the Lulu Lemon Mat! Lulu rocks!

  3. missmaples says:

    I would also love the yoga deck.

  4. andrea says:

    I’d love the Lulu Lemon Mat…although I’d have a hard time deciding whether to give it to my daughter who loves Lulu Lemon, or keeping it for myself πŸ˜‰

  5. andrea says:

    shared on twitter

  6. andrea says:

    liked google+

  7. Tracey says:

    the mat so i can get into yoga!~!

  8. Anne Derkat says:

    I;d like the bag

  9. K P says:

    The Fila Form Yoga Bag look like exactly what I need. Thanks.

  10. Jennifer R says:

    I really like the Lululemon yoga mats since the mats at the “Y” where I do yoga are kind of stinky after awhile. Having my own would be nice!

  11. Debbie Petch says:

    The Fila Yoga Bag is awesome!

  12. denise allen says:

    The fila yogo bag would be almost as amazing as yoga itself

  13. Mary Barrett says:

    I would love to get the yoga bag so I could actually carry my yoga blocks, my strap…and my yoga mat without looking like I was carrying everything but the kitchen sink to my yoga class!

  14. Brandon says:

    I would love the lululemon yoga mat

  15. andrew siemens says:

    I always rent a mat when I do yoga. Grosses me out and I’d love to have my own. The Mat – lulu lemon would be awesome!

  16. lorna hart-favel says:

    Would love the yoga for beginners

  17. Lisa New says:

    i’d love to win the yoga deck

  18. Sophia says:

    Either the yoga mat or the yoga bag!

  19. Amber Walsh says:

    the mat please πŸ™‚ Mine’s old and worn.

  20. anita f says:

    The Fila Form Yoga Bag is really attractive. Much better than the usual sports bag. It looks so classy.

  21. Lillea says:

    The Mat for sure.

  22. Janet says:

    I would love theYoga Goodies!!!
    Yoga Mat for starters!!!

  23. mousecat says:

    I’d like to get the Lululemon yoga mat!

  24. Lisa Nicoletta says:

    i would love to win a new mat !! Mine is worn out from my past yoga classes. The Fila bag is also awesome !!

  25. Maurey says:

    I would love the lululemon yoga mat.

  26. Kelly Baker says:

    This would be amazing. I have several health issues and have been advised that yoga would be a God sent. This would be a great way for me to get into it!

  27. andrew casey says:

    I would love to win this prize for my health fanatic wife!

  28. Kristina Karlstrom says:

    I have been wanting to try yoga.

  29. Emilia Turner says:

    I would like the Fila foam yoga bag. I would use it everyday

  30. Holly says:

    Fila foam yoga bag!

  31. sylvia shaw says:

    would love the yoga bag, looks so great

  32. Gemma says:

    The Mat

  33. tennille says:

    the yoga bag!

  34. Marsha Arditti says:

    I would love the yoga mat. Mine is worn out.

  35. Stel says:

    Starting a new workout regime for 2012. This would be an added bonus!

  36. Lori says:

    I’d most like to get the Lululemon yoga mat — my yoga mat is ancient and this would be a welcome upgrade!

  37. chantelle csilverquill says:

    starting the PINK METHOD, and need a YoGa Mat.. this would be wonderul.

  38. Yvonne Tabaracci says:

    I love anything yoga

  39. BRENDA says:

    I would love the yoga mat- you have to start from the ground up πŸ™‚

  40. Barb Prud'homme says:

    I would most likely give the yoga deck – I think that it’s a great way to introduce newbies to yoga! I’d most love to get the yoga mat…mine is getting pretty worn out πŸ™‚

  41. I would like the mat, because I am itching to start yoga classes at the gym, and I don’t have a mat.

  42. Maureen B says:

    The yoga mat is nice!

  43. Dawn says:

    I would LOVE the lululemon yoga mat! Yoga does wonders for my back problems, maybe a new mat would motivate me to do it consistently!

  44. I would love the yoga bag!

  45. The lulu mat looks so nice!

  46. Angela M says:

    The mat would be great. I’m just getting into yoga so I am still trying to acquire the basics.

  47. Angela M says:

    Liked RescueGirl

  48. Bee L says:

    The Lululemon Mat, my generic one keeps slipping around and rolling up on me. This would definitely give me more motivation to continue yoga!

  49. AMY FUNG says:

    Love The Mat – from@ lululemon

  50. Dawn Brown says:

    I’d love the YOGA DECK …!!!

  51. Hehehe! Considering I am about to be a brand new home owner in T-minus 14 days, I would loooooove the fridge magnets so that my fridge won’t be bare! But in terms of the other items listed, I would really find value in the Fila Fit bag because I started doing hot yoga at the beginning of the month. The experience has been phenomenal and I am reaping the rewards of this new practice in so many areas of my life. HOWEVER, I am like a goofy backpacker when I go there! I have 3 different bags and towel and this and that! I feel so disorganized! The bag would totally help me out!

  52. Dianne Ward says:

    I would love the yoga cards as I would love to send them out to my friends.

  53. linda chaput says:

    The yoga bag is my choice.

  54. Stephanie says:

    I would love the yoga mat! Mine is cheap and curls up on itself all the time.

  55. Kathleen says:

    Great prizes!
    I paid a visit to RescueGirl on Facebook, Great page!
    My mother is a Yoga lover and is now got my 7 yr old daughter just loving it as well!
    If I had a choice, I would give my mother a new Yoga Bag since her and my daughter carry everything up and down the stairs to practice together every Sunday, and I would love to give my daughter the Yoga deck and magnets! And of course, if I had a choice for myself, I would love a new mat since I can see marks where my knees are always positioned on my mat!

  56. Romana S. says:

    I would love the yoga mat bag! Very handy! also I like rescuegirl on facebook πŸ™‚

  57. Lucinda Piper says:

    I would love the Fila Form Yoga Bag. It is just perfect for carry the necessities to the gym.

  58. Jennifer says:

    I would love the yoga mat, I really want to try yoga!

  59. Kathleen Sikkema says:

    I would love to win!! Yoga would help my body after my accident!!! Thank you

  60. Elaine Miller says:

    The yoga bag would be awesome!!

  61. Beverly Lynch says:

    Just discovered YOGA Awesome!!!!

  62. Ashley S says:

    I love the mat… and also the greeting cards (cute idea!!).

  63. ROSEMARY says:

    i would love the 4 chunky yoga magnets for my husband,he collects magnets and the magnets would remind me to do my yoga because they would be on the fridge so i would see them all the time.keeping my flexible fingers and toes crossed for the items.

  64. Unita esau says:

    This is a great prize-I would love to own it! it would make living healthier a lot easier.

  65. Ann says:

    I would love to try hatha and flow yoga – I’ve heard it really relaxes the body. Just what I need!
    I also love the yoga deck I think it would be such a fun way to get my younger siblings interested in yoga.

  66. Farah says:

    I would love to get the Yoga Bag!!! πŸ˜€

  67. Cynthia Berry says:

    This Yogi would love the Yoga Deck……

  68. Teresa M says:

    I would love the DVD – Yoga for beginners. I am taking yoga – hatha – twice a week. It would be nice to be able to practice at home.

  69. Angele Morency says:

    I would love to get the mat, so I may be comfortable while doing yoga…

  70. Nancy says:

    A Fila Form yoga Bag….

  71. Joan Ramsey says:

    Would love to have “Yoga for Beginners”. I used to go to the YMCA with my Mom a long time ago and would like to try yoga again.

  72. Jayme Lynn Butt says:

    LOVE those cards!! I’d also like the DVD so I don’t have to leave my house this winter πŸ™‚ I liked Amy on facebook.

  73. Kathleen says:

    I would love to win the yoga deck!

  74. I would love, love, love to have the lululemon Mat!

  75. I entered above as well but forgot to mention that I did like the site on facebook!

  76. Julie Plourde says:

    Element: Hatha & Flow Yoga DVD, I need to start with that!

  77. Koreena says:

    The lady that runs the daycare my child attends LOVES yoga, she LIVES for it, If I won any of these (doesn’t matter which one) I would give it to her and make her day!!!

  78. amy robinson says:

    I’d Love the Yoga Bag πŸ™‚

  79. Wanda Boucher says:

    I would love the yoga magnets!

  80. Wanda MacDonald says:

    Loveeeee the yoga mat!!!!!

  81. Susan says:

    As I would like to try yoga, my first choice would be the Lululemon Yoga Mat.

  82. Dee B. says:

    I need a new mat! lululemon is the best!

  83. Kathryn Bogala Calgary says:

    Great gifts for a yoga lover!

  84. beewbedard says:

    I like the yoga deck

  85. beewbedard says:

    liked RescueGirl on fb
    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  86. rumiko says:

    Love, love yoga! I can never have enough yoga mats so I choose The Mat by lululemon. That Fila Yoga Bag is a nice choice too!

  87. Alison says:

    I’d most like to give (or get!) the Fila Form Yoga Bag … a stylish way of carrying things, better than juggling everything in my arms.

  88. JEREMY C says:

    The Fila Form Yoga Bag rocks!

  89. Dreena B. says:

    The Yoga Deck looks very cool!

  90. DiannaB says:

    I’d love the Yoga DVD!

  91. Lori L. says:

    So cute!

  92. Ali says:

    The yoga deck would be a GREAT prize to win!

  93. Stel2330 says:

    My pick is the Fila Form yoga bag. Very pretty!



  95. corey says:

    My wife loves to send cards in the mail to people so I think she would like the Yoga greeting cards.

  96. Betty says:

    Would love the Fila Form Yoga Bag from Sears

  97. Brook says:

    I would love the yoga DVD! I have been doing yoga off you tube…and it is a pain! Would love a DVD!

  98. ginette4 says:

    I’d love to get the Fila Form Yoga Bag

  99. ginette4 says:

    I like Rescue Girl on facebook; Ginette Dube Anger

  100. Kathy says:

    Ooooh, the bag would be perfect for me! Fingers crossed…

  101. Alana Blake says:

    I would LOVE the yoga dvd.. it is a lot better to do dvds if you can’t afford a gym membership, so your switching up your routine. And the yoga to the rescue would be a great ,handy book as well. =)

  102. Anne says:

    I love the Lululemon yoga mats !

  103. stacey h says:

    i’d like the lululemon mat

  104. stacey h says:

    i like ‘rescue girl’ on facebook

  105. fahlinstar says:

    I would like the Fila Form yoga bag!!

    megnate at telus dot net

  106. Tammy D says:

    Id love the Fila Form Yoga Bag,I really need a new one!
    dalleykt at live dot ca

  107. Tim Rast says:

    yoga is always great for the health, i do it all the time. ;

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