WHAT’S AT THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? BY: RC VICTORINO
ong before there was plastic, centuries before rubber was discovered, there was yoga. Built upon the concept of oneness, yoga practitioners would build a mat of wholly organic materials, including kusha grass and cloth* not only for comfort, but to enhance their practice.
WHY I LOVE MY MAI Fashion by MAI Product Review BY: JUSTYN O’NEILL MN YOGA + LIFE MAGAZINE AMBASSADOR
Fashion by MAI is a local Minnesota yoga fashion line with intention. What I love most about this product is that they celebrate the women that wear their clothes with the slogan “I AM Enough,” and the thoughtful product design reflects their purpose. With a variety of styles to choose from, all body types can find something that they feel confident wearing. The material is incredibly soft, and multi functional. The clothes wear seamlessly from studio to street. I love the “Namaste Tank” for teaching class. The material is light and breathes well for heated classes. It also doubles as a fashionable top for after class errands or events. The “Countdown Bra” is wonderful. It’s light and supportive at the same time. When wearing it, I don’t feel restricted in my movements, yet I’m confident that everything will stay in place while practicing inversions.
These natural materials served as the perfect complement to a practice focused on uniting mind, body and soul with nature. And while this belief of yoga still remains prevalent, the message has been muted as this ancient practice has made its way into studios across the globe. It’s wonderful that Western cultures have embraced yoga. However, the mightiest trees in the world could not weather the tiniest of storms, if not for their roots. The same goes for one’s yoga practice. The root of your practice, the foundation from which you build upon, should have a strong connection to the purpose of your poses. In yoga, that purpose is a oneness with your natural surroundings, the universe even, which can be achieved upon a cotton yoga mat. A RETURN TO YOGA For centuries, men, women and children practiced yoga without the luxuries of studios, “sticky mats” and yoga specific clothing. These modern-day innovations certainly help push forward the cause, however, they aren’t a necessary component of the practice. As modern-day practitioners strive to find unity and oneness, taking a step back to the origins and true meaning of yoga can be one of the most important steps to take. In yoga, we learn to do no harm, and to embrace and cherish the natural world around us. What better way to honor this belief than with a cotton yoga mat which will help ground your practice in nature, the way it’s been done for centuries. *The Bhagavad Gita - Chapter VI, Verse 11