You may think that purchasing yoga gloves or incense for the yoga lover in your life is thoughtful, but it’s about as cliché as getting a tea lover a travel mug – it’s an essential they already have, making for an uninspiring gift.
Don’t worry – many misguided gift givers have fallen into this yoga trap. Gifts for a true yoga practitioner aren’t easy to find, considering the various types of yogis there are, and forms of yoga.
Here are things you should consider when picking the perfect gift for a yogi. Since there are different levels or types of yogis, we’ll tell you how to approach each variety:
The Beginner Yogi
New yoga practitioners should possess certain props. For starters, a high-quality yoga mat is essential, so the user can focus on the exercises rather than sliding, or awkwardly adjusting mid-move.
Lululemon, Jade and Manduka make quality, long-lasting mats that are comfortable to do yoga on.
Alongside a good mat, the basic starter kit for a beginner yogi can include a couple of blocks, a strap, and a yoga blanket. Each item is regularly used in popular yoga poses, and is useful for anyone aligning their poses safely. The aforementioned companies sell all the equipment a beginner yogi could ever need – a gift card to any of these shops can be a smart gift to fund quality gear!
The Technical Yogi
For the more advanced, you can get them a gift that provides methods to align their poses correctly.
Books by Darren Rhodes can be a starting point; his “Yoga Resource” book features 360 poses, with pictures of each pose and full instructions on how to do them. “Light On Yoga” by B.K.S. Iyengar is a classic that’s still relevant today. “Yoga Anatomy” by Leslie Kaminoff is another priceless tool for any yogi interested in becoming more knowledgeable about the practice.
Be wary of certain yoga texts like the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” and “Bhagavad Gita.” Unless the recipient is in a yoga teacher training program, these reads are dense to consume on their own, and are meant to be read and discussed in a group.
The Studio Yogi
Most yoga disciples are loyal to one studio. If the yogi in your life swears by one place to practice, a gift certificate to their favourite studio is a safe buy.
If the studio doesn’t sell gift cards, you can opt for a membership for your recipient instead.
The Busy Yogi
There’s no better way for a yogi to improve their craft than 1-on-1, individual attention with a yoga teacher. But, convenience always trumps regular practice, keeping people from hitting the mat as much as they’d like.
If the yogi has a busy schedule, or lives in rural areas, consider investing in online yoga classes for them. YogaGlo and Yoga International both provide quality classes at affordable prices – you can get a membership right off their websites. This grants immediate access to class archive videos, ranging from basic to advance, in a variety of yoga styles.
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