Unfortunately for the majority of us, being in a perpetual state of bliss with an open heart and flexible, warm limbs isn’t a reality. That beautiful and welcoming sense of peace, zen and vulnerability that being in a yoga studio and practicing your craft creates is not only empowering and inspiring, but can help you relax and focus on what’s truly important. While having that same vibe everywhere isn’t an option, you can make an effort to furnish your bedroom and home with items that will remind you of how you feel in savasana, where the only thing leading your mind is your breath.
Set your intention to being more mindful this year by treating yourself to these yoga-inspired must-haves:
If you’ve ever taken a candlelit yoga class, you know how calming a flickering light with a subtle scent can truly be. The aroma, the ambiance and yes, the romanticism of it all is enough to make you zone out and allow yourself to be freer almost instantly. With this candle from Tocca that will remind you of tangy grapefruit and refreshing cucumber, you can enjoy that warmth and freshness for up to 60 hours.
A restorative yoga class on a Friday night, followed by a glass of vino and some mellow tunes will put you in a super-deep sleep with the blink of an eye. But if you had a day of back-to-back meetings, difficult client conversations and a passive-aggressive fight with your bestie via Gchat, finding Mr. Sandman might not be an easy task. To the rescue: this clinically proven formula that works (pun intended) to make you sleepy. The lavender gradually releases throughout the night on your pillow, while the chamomile essential oil calms and soothes your senses.
At some of the more luxe spa centers, your yoga class doesn’t end with chanting, but with a chilled towel and some cucumber over your eyes. You can re-create this same type of blissful magic at home with these Eye Cubes from Peter Thomas Roth. Not only do these babies reduce under-eye puffiness, but the fresh scent and cool nature will help you release stress and tension. All you have to do is freeze the gels, peel off the foil and leave on your closed eyelids for three minutes.
Most yoga studios have a specific scent that circulates from the front desk to the mat storage. In addition to incense, essential oils can create fragrance in the air, and since our sense of smell is the strongest sense tied to memory, if you use similar oils in your home, you can be brought back to that happy place whenever you want. Along with revitalizing your senses, This Works Stress Check Breathe In is a relaxing formula that mitigates everyday stressors. In a base of hydrating coconut oil, this product includes essential oils of lavender and eucalyptus that counter physical fatigue and reduce nervousness. And thanks to its small, portable size, it can be readily used on your wrists and pulse points whenever tension arises.
In addition to boosting your endorphins (your happy hormone), yoga can also help keep a clear head during demanding situations. Get the same effect by using HUM Nutrition’s Big Chill, which is a daily supplement designed to calm your nerves. Brimming with rhodiola rosea root extract harvested from the highest altitudes and coldest areas of Europe and Asia, these soft-gel pills stabilize your stress levels so that your body can easily adapt to its surrounding physical and environmental strains. No matter how hectic your day, Big Chill™ allows you to maintain focus and stay calm at stressful times.
A natural pain reliever, yoga can help reduce muscle stiffness and joint issues. Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel revitalizes overworked limbs and joints with a restorative complex of active botanical oils and extracts. Ginger and black pepper oils create a natural warming sensation to alleviate tension. Cooling lavender, juniper and rosemary oils calm inflammation and reduce soreness to speed your body’s healing process.
Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak is just what your body craves after an intense yoga session. Enriched with moisturizing coconut milk powder and calming vanilla, this bath soak is perfect for hydrating and softening skin. In addition to delivering anti-inflammatory properties and soothing inflamed areas of the skin, its soothing fragrance provides relief from anxiety and restlessness.