Yogi Surprise Review – June 2015

Supporting Your Practice with the Yogi Surprise Lifestyle Box

This month's box from Yogi Surprise really rocked my practice! It contained 6 thoughtfully curated items for people who love to practice yoga (like me!). Here's what was inside the June 2015 box (links included):

Thanks, Yogi Surprise, for another awesome retreat-in-a-box!  

Hugs,

Lindsay

Check out their website at yogisurprise.com to learn more.

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Pssst! They have a jewelr box, too!

I Was On The Radio!

asheville yoga show logoI recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Asheville Yoga Show host, Mike Hiers, to talk about some of my favorite topics – yoga and Asheville. He even let me bring my ukulele! It was super fun and even though it was not my best vocal performance by any stretch (only got 1 take and I was nervous), I'm so glad I did it. The show originally aired on Independant Asheville RadioNow, it's available as a podcast here. I have also posted it below. Just hit play. :) 

Listen to the end for a surprise announcement. Many thanks to Mike for having me on the show. Enjoy!

P.S. Please check out some of the other interviews. They are all available for free on the Asheville Yoga Show buzzsprout podcast page. We are really lucky to have so many wonderful yoga teachers here in the Asheville area. 

Hot Yoga Hair Mask – Awesome Beauty Tip for Yogis

Or should I say …

Accidental But Somewhat Intentional (and AWESOME) Hot Yoga Hair Mask

If you are like me and you go to lots of hot yoga classes each week, you might be looking for an easy, low maintenence hair routine that stands up to all of the extra showers, headbands, and pony tails that can be hard on your hair. 

I came up with a great way to go to yoga and pamper your hair at the same time, kinda by accident one morning when I forgot to rinse out my conditioner in the shower. Not sure if it was laziness or lateness that was the motivating factor (maybe both?), but once I realized that I forgot to rinse, I had the brilliant idea to leave the conditioner in during the hot yoga class to super hydrate my hair and that I would use the showers at the yoga studio to rinse the conditioner out after class. So, I did go all morning with a kind of wet-looking messy bun, but my hair LOVED it. The result was super soft, shiny, thick, healthly-looking hair! Totally worth it. Now, I'll do this every other week or so. 

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Here is my hot yoga hydrating hair mask routine: 

Step 1: Shampoo as usual

Step 2: Rinse well

Step 3: Put normal amount of conditioner in hair (lately I have been loving this coconut conditioner)

Step 4: Do not rinse well 

Step 5: Do not blow dry

Step 6: Put hair in a loose but secure bun for yoga class

Step 7: Go to hot yoga

Step 8: After hot yoga, rinse hair well

Step 9: Dry and style as you like 

Pretty simple, right? Let me know how it works for you. 

Love,

Lindsay 

Yogi Surprise – February Box Review

In honor of February, the month of love, and this month's "Compassion Box" from Yogi Surprise, I have compiled a Top 10 list that shares exactly how I feel about this wonderful company and the service they provide. 

My full review of this month's Retreat in a Box detailing all of the yummy, smelly, yogi goodness is below as well! 

Top 10 Things I LOVE About Yogi Surprise

  1. The high quality and full size products that I actually use. I repeat, full size. And nothing wasted. 
  2. The adorable and thoughtful packaging. I've written about it before. I really appreciate the care and thought that obviously goes into each box. It really shows. 
  3. That they give away an actual retreat every month.  
  4. Their Instagram, especially the "Yogi Hands" pictures. I adore hand mudras. 
  5. All of the products are vegetarian, non-GMO, and cruelty free. 'Nough said. 
  6. Their customer service. In my expereince, they respond promptly and courteously to emails. They are super helpful and really nice, too. 
  7. The incentives. If you get 3 of your friends to join, you get your next box free!
  8. Their Yogi's Journal blog. It is full of wonderful articles for yogis.  
  9. The litte card that's included with each box. It describes the monthly theme and intention and the list of items included in the box. I keep all of these cards so that I can re-order my favorite products. Simple but brilliant. That's what I mean when I say they obviously put a lot of thought into their boxes. 
  10. The bonus boxes! Every so often they offer an extra box in limited supply. Check out the "Spring Renewal" bonus box.

February Box Contents: 

Native Touch Rooting Bear Rub $9.99

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Named after bear for its ability to know what plant to forage for and what root to dig to treat whatever ails him, this healing balm is soothing and balancing for your skin. The lavender, tea tree, and rosemary oils smell wonderful, too. I have used it on a couple of dry patches with great results! 

 

Emma's Organic's All-Sprouted Granola $9.50

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I was only able to sample a few bites of this delicious sprouted granola before my duaghter grabbed the bag and ate the rest! They offer subscibritions for the granola obsessed. 

 

Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths $15.50

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The packaging looks like a juice box! Adorable. My sensitive skin loves these vitamin rich bamboo fiber cloths. 

 

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Face and Body Bar $6.95

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This soap smells amazing. The lather is luxurious. I have been able to shave with it which says a lot about a bar soap. LOVE it. 

 

Kishu Charcoal To Go (for water bottles) $9.49

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Such a cool idea! It works well to make my tap water and water fountain water taste better. 1 stick lasts 4 months! 

 

Keen-wah Energy Functional & Glow Bars (x2) $3.29

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I love Keen-wah bars and was delighted to receive these in my Yogi Suprprise box. They provide a healthy, organic energy boost. The Glow bar is my personal favorite. 

 

Organic Yoga Headband $12 (no brand or link provided)

Also included in this box was a fabulous hand-made organic headband. Mine is a dark teal color and extra wide. It is great for hot yoga and doesn't slide off of my slippery hair. 

Thanks for the February love, Yogi Surprise

Hugs,

Lindsay 

Yogi Surprise – January Box Review

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Yogi Surprise is a monthly subscription box geared towards eco and health concious yoga lovers. Each box is packed with full size products to support your yoga practice and active lifestyle. It's like a mini retreat in a box! Along with an awesome sampling of fabulous products, Yogi Suprise gives away an actual reatreat to one of their members every month. For real. It's pretty awesome.

Restore & Rejuvenate

January's rejuvenating box was just a great as the previous boxes I've received. I have used every item and I love every single item. Here is what was inside: 

Moon Valley Organics Rejuvenating Rub $11.99

 

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The packaging is darling and the scent is divine. I have enjoyed and also shared this Rejuvenating Arnica Rub with my family – on my daughters strained ankle and my husbands aching shoulders after a long day of work. I love the combination of lavender and mint essential oils. It is relaxing and cooling. This is stuff is gold. 

Next Organics Organic Dark Chocolate Cherries

 

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Yum yum yummy! These are so good. Didn't last long enough! 

Lotus Moon Hydro Therapy Eye Massage Treatment

 

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My new favorite eye treatment! The roll-on applicator is cooling and the scent is one of my favorites ever, rose. I enjoy applying right before bed. 

Sacred Wood Essence Palo Santo Incense Sticks

 

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I LOVE palo santo. So, I was delighted to see this when I opened my box! This sticks are the perfect size for easy lighting and they burn well. Their fragrance is strong, soothing, and grounding even without burning, too. 

Betsy's Best Bar

 

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I received the Dark Chocolate Chip flavor and while they are not super sweet, like say a cookie, I really like them. As far as natural, whole food protein bars go, Betsy's are great. They taste good and 1 was all I needed for a boost before teaching a hot yoga class (the package contained 2). Give them a try! 

Essence of Vali Sleep Soothing Mist

 

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I do love my smelly stuff. This soothing Sleep mist is just perfect. Lavender, cedarwood, marjoram leaves, and ylang ylang. Perfect throughout the day. Perfect on my pillow at night. LOVE it. 

I just can't say it enough, I am never dissapointed with my boxes from Yogi Surprise and I am always looking forward to the next box. They also have a wonderful online community. Personally, I love their Instagram posts which are sweet and inspirational with tips for yogis. 

Thanks, Yogi Suprise for another wonderful retreat in a box! 

Love,

Lindsay 

Yogi Surprise – December Box Review

Happy Holidays! 

yogisurprisedecemberI don't know about you, but December has been a whirlwind of red and green for me. I recieved my Retreat in a Box on December 12th and it has taken me this long to write about it. Pretty soon we will be welcoming the new year (and another box from Yogi Surprise – yippee!). 

The theme for December's box is "The Gift of Giving" and that is definitely my favorite thing about the holidays. I really love taking the time to consider and appreciate the people in my life in a bigger way. Most of my gifts are hand made and I do my best not to get caught up in the consumerism and the frenzy. With that in mind, I'll mention yet another thing I appreciate about Yogi Surprise. So far, their boxes do not contribute to clutter in my life. They are full size products rather than small samples that create excess waste. The packaging is minimal, reusable and/or recyclable. Best of all, the items I receive are really quite useful and I actually USE them. It is as if they went holiday shopping just for me. :)

The December Retreat in a Box has been a real gift! So, without further ado, here is the goodness that was inside:

  • Booda Butter by Booda Organics– This stuff is amazing! It is vegan, cruelty-free, and hand made in the USA. The ingredients in Booda Butter are simple, pure, and organic – just shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil. It is good food for your skin and I absolutely love it! I highly recommend for dry skin and as a way to boost the overall health of your skin. My tin currently lives in my bathroom where I have easy access to it throughout the day. It smells delicious, too. 
  • Essential Living Foods Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs – In a word, scrumptious. Chocolate on chocolate in a pure, raw, ecologically grown form. Such a treat! 
  • Urban Moonshine Energy Tonic – At first I thought this was something like an all-natural, herbal Red Bull but it actually much more than that. This energy tonic is meant to be taken daily to protect your body from the harmful effects of stress. It is a potent combination of beneficial herbs in an alcohol tincture (I'm assuming that is the reason for the moonshine moniker!). I recommend drinking this in a glass of water as it is quite bitter and strong on its own. I am a huge fan of medicinal herbs and highly recommend this Energy Tonic. Good stuff. 
  • Indian Tiger Eye Mala Beads – Tiger's Eye has been my favorite stone ever since I visited a science museum in elementary school. So, as you can imagine, I was super stoked to receive this gorgeous mala. I have been wearing it when I chant for grounding and clarity. You can read about the healing properties of tiger's eye stone here
  • Angel Rejuvenation Spray Facial Mist & Aura Cleanser – I love this spray! It contains essential oils of frankincence, lavender, and geranium in a base of activated sacred healing water. It smells divine. I like to spray on my face as a moisturizer before I head out into the crisp, dry, winter air. It also works to elevate my mood and bring clarity and positivity to my mind. 
  • Scout Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds – Another delicious addition to this month's box. These pumpkin seeds are healthy, tasty and make the perfect snack in between yoga classes and at work. My kids love them, too!
  • Yogi Surprise Organic Cotton Yoga Strap – I am a dork for yoga props (I even work for a yoga prop company) so I was pretty geeked to receive this strap. In my opinion, you can't have too many yoga props laying around. This belt/strap is high quality and durable with metal loop fasteners which are my personal favorite because they don't break or loosen over time. 

Thanks, as always, to Yogi Surprise for putting together such a perfect box for a yoga lover like me. I am looking forward to next month's box already. Here's to a Happy, Healthy New Year! 

Love,

Lindsay 

Yogi Surprise – November Box Review

Little purple box of LOVE. 

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Month #2 and I am already developing a pavlovian response to seeing that purple box at my door. When my Retreat in a Box arrives, I simply can't help but smile, slow down and exhale. 

This month's box is a treat for the senses. It is filled with decadent natural foods and sensual body care items that I am happy to integrate into my life because they inspire and delight me. These all-natural, yoga lifestyle supporting products remind me to take time out, to enjoy my day, and to take care of myself and my family (Oh, yeah. My kids love seeing that purple box, too!).

Yogi Surprise is different than other subscription boxes I've tried because they really care about the details. From that adorable purple box, to the sweet notes and thoughtfully selected treats inside, and their excellent customer service, they have done a wonderful job of creating something of real benefit and value. And to top it off, they award an actual retreat to one lucky member each month. How cool is that? 

Here is the November box as I enjoyed it:

  • Valentina's Home Brewed Psychic Detox Bath Salts I used this right away. The combination of citrus, peppermint and neroli is lovely. Never underestimate the power of mineral salts and potent essential oils, I say. This bath transformed me. 
  • Hurraw! Vata Balm Love this! One of the great things about subscription boxes is that you are made aware of products which might not be on your radar otherwise. A vata balancing lip balm is brilliant and super helpful for a busy, working mom like myself. "Grounding" on the go. They also have a pitta and a kapha balm. 
  • Valentina's Home Brewed Sunny Outlook Body Mist Another wonderful product from Valentina's Home Brewed Pure Body Care. I'm a fan. This is great as an energizing body mist and also as a refreshing room spray. It is currently living happily in my bathroom, where the mandarin-lemon-ginger-ness is enjoyed by all. 
  • Lush Nuts Lush Nuts – Coconut Lavender This might be my most favorite item in this month's box. Seriously delicious. I am actually drooling in aniticipation of ordering more. Ingredients: California-grown almonds, Cane sugar, Non-GMO coconut water, Unsulphured coconut flakes, Lavender, Sea salt. Gotta love that. More flavors to enjoy: Coconut Orange Peel and Dark Cocoa Chili (!!!).
  • Golden Earth Chakra Wellness Oil "Energy" A healing, pure essential oil blend infused with crystals. The sample I received is called I Choose Energy and is made with pepperment essential oil and yellow calcite crystal infusion. In other words, this little bottle packs lots of good mojo. I love the roll-on bottle for ease of use and less mess. 
  • Schmidt's Natural Deodorant (Cedarwood & Juniper) I like different. I appreciate challenging the status quo, and apprently, even when it comes to deodorant. I love this stuff! The fragrance is subtle, which is great, and they also make an unscented version. This deodorant works much better than most other natural deoderants I've tried. No white residue at all. Really great product. I highly recommend giving Schmidt's a try. 
  • Sencha Green Tea Mints (Tropical Mango) I love matcha tea and I love these Green Tea Mango Mints. As is says on the package and the Sencha website, "Each mint contains antioxidants from matcha green tea to eliminate bacteria that cause Dragon Breath." And they're tasty, too. 
  • Earthling Organics – Heirloom Cacao Bar This bar is delicious and it's a good source of nutrients, antioxidants, and natural energy. I wish all granola/energy bars were made this well and tasted this good. 

Thanks and hugs to Yogi Surprise for helping me to remember to slow down and appreciate the sweet things in my life. 

Love,

Lindsay

Yogi Surprise – October Box Review

A Treat in a Box

I received my very first retreat-in-a-box from YogiSurprise last week. My initial reaction was, well, non-verbal. I literally squeeled when I saw the purple box. And speaking of their box design, how charming is it? Personally, I really appreciate simple yet thoughtful things like box design. It speaks to how the company considers my experience and not just their bottom line. I have received other subscription boxes in the past that were pretty underwhelming – picture an oversized cardboard box containing dissapointingly small trial size products and (yawn) a packing slip. So, for me, the sweet purple box and the equally sweet card inside with their monthly message (this month's theme is Love Yourself) makes all the difference. This is not just a random sampling of tiny, unrelated products. It is a care package. 

And I really did feel taken care of when I opened that box. I don't treat myself often, but the night that I received my YogiSurprise box, I lit the Big Dipper Wax Works candle, made a cup of tea, put my feet up, and enjoyed a much needed evening of sweetness (Emmy's Dark Cacao Macaroons. Omg. So good). 

What I didn't immediatley open made its way into my yoga/work/travel bag. I think what I love most about this month's box is that it was full of items that, as a busy, full time working mom and yogini, I can and will really use. 

Here is the goodness that is this month's box: 

Buddha Nose Awaken Yoga Mat Spray This one made the yoga/work bag. I use it every day. I love spritzing my mat before and after practice. I also love it as a body spray after a good, sweaty flow. Rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus happen to be my favorites. This is a new staple for me. 

Teatulia Organic Tea Medley First of all, delicious. Second, I am really impressed that this tea is all grown on their single USDA-certified organic farm. You can really taste the difference. They first tea that I tried was the peppermint and the leaves turned green again after being in the hot water. That's how fresh and amazing this tea is. Do yourself a favor and get some. 

PeopleTowels Organic Cotton Towel I really love this on-the-go, reusable, alternative to paper towels. The convenient hangtag attaches nicely to my aforementioned work/yoga backpack and PeopleTowels are printed with eco-friendly dyes on soft, organic, fair trade cotton. Aaaahimsa. 

Vedabar Pitta Bar The package  of the Pitta Bar reads "eat me of you are impatient or 'hangry' (hungry + angry)." They pretty much had my at "hangry" but this  ayurvedic, whole food bar is really tasty, too. I love that they contain ghee becuase it is super satisfying and calming for hangry me. Vedabar also makes a Kapha Bar and a Vatta Bar. 

Big Dipper Wax Works Beeswax Aromatherapy Tin I used this candle right away. I am using it right now, as a matter of fact. The Cedarwood and Balsam "Meditation" scent is wonderful without being perfumy or overpowering and this small 1.7oz travel candle has a surprisingly long burn time of over 12 hours. 

Emmy's Organics Dark Cacao Macaroons These didn't last long. Emmy's maccaroons are organic, nutritionally rich, packed with anti-oxidants, incredibly decadent, and guilt free. So, if you like yummy things that are also good for you, this is about as good as it gets. 

Rooted Beauty Raspberry Citrus Facial Wipes – I have sesitive skin and a lot of cleansers irritate my skin or cause me to break out. These facial cleansing wipes feel great, work great, a leave my skin looking great. It must be the nutrients and anti-oxidents and earth-love that they put in them. 

Thanks to the folks at YogiSurprise for taking care of me this month with an awesome and thoughtful box of new natural products I already love. Can't wait to see what's in next month's box! 

Love,

Lindsay