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Black Friday Yoga Style

Yes, it’s Black Friday and there simply are not enough articles on where to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving.  Not only are we supposed to boost the economy by buying, but it probably gives many of us a distraction from having to continue entertaining friends and relatives.

As a yogic shopper, the mantra is “less is more”.  Do you really need to buy things in order to achieve greater happiness? Probably not.  If you’re a shop-a-holic, meditating on the roots of the desire can be of great help or at least you can consult a Yoga Grump here on the topic. 

So if you can’t resist shopping today, here are some holiday gifts you may want to consider that have a “lower impact” on the environment and will make others feel good too.  How Yogic of you!!!  Here are 3 categories of shoppers reading this blog:

 

  1. Buy nontangibles. 
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A young reader loves his yoga book!

This could be a yoga, dance or music class from a favorite instructor (good for kids and adults) where you give a gift that lasts while giving a freelancer a job, a donation to a favorite cause (hello Hurricane Sandy relief), or my favorite, a massage with a certified practitioner.  If you’re reading this blog because you’re into yoga, you can even send one of our amazing teachers to a local public school to give an afterschool class—we’ll take a photo and send a thank you to the recipient.  

 

  1. Buy almost nontangible.

You need the necessary equipment in order for these to work, but purchasing music online is another way to cut down on unnecessary packaging.  Browse local bands on Bandcamp.com.  For children, we of course recommend Asana Alphabet’s Yoga Songs for Kids.

     3.   I MUST give a tangle gift.  If you’re in this category, at least consider buying from a local artist or from somewhere that will not over-package your gift.  Though it’s a “thrift store”, The Angel Thrift Store in Chelsea (NYC) often has fashionable, brand new items that anyone with fashion sense will love.  Our favorite kid items include Annika Jermyn’s beautifully designed teddy bears (great for leading a children’s savasana or incorporating into a family yoga class), the yoga book Yogi and Yogette Learn the Asana Alphabet, or cool yoga cookie cutters designed by Karen La Du.

Well, if you just don’t want to give anything material, you can spread the word of yoga, starting by hugging yourself and twisting from side to side. Inhale left, exhale right. 3 minutes.  You’ll open your spine, your heart and make yourself feel good!

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The Joy of Giving

ImageThis Thanksgiving, Liam, a brand new yogi, received Asana Alphabet’s yoga book, “Yogi and Yogette Learn the Asana Alphabet”.  With a yoga pose for every letter of the alphabet, it helps kids reinforce the alphabet through yoga and movement.  As many of us already know, young children learn best through movement so this book canbe especially inspiring as it encourages you to try out the poses yourself. Since English is Liam’s second language, that’s just another bonus as he sounds out the letters of the alphabet.  His favorite pose in the book? TREE POSE!  Apparently was so excited about the book that he had to transfer his love along to his sister afterwards (see below).

“How can I give one of these?”  you ask…go to our shopping tag at www.AsanaAlphabet.com or sometimes you can find them at Amazon.com (title: Yogi and Yogette Learn the Asana Alphabet).  Order by Dec. 14th for holiday deliveries.  50% of all sales on our website go to providing more FREE classes for our kindergarten students on the lower east side.

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