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! 



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! 




NamaSTAY Hot Yoga Towel Review

I am so excited to be writing my first Hot Yoga product review in, ahem, a very long time. But this towel rocks! I just had to share.

The NamaSTAY Non Slip Yoga Towel

I love when I find a product that fits seamlessly into my practice without becoming a distraction. I honestly would rather go without the accessories than have something that I have to continually adjust and fix and keep an eye on while I practice. This is why I think it is totally worth it to invest in quality yoga props, to find a few key pieces that work so well you don't even notice them while you're practicing but you can't imagine being without them ( i.e. clothing that doesn't ride or chafe, a mat that is the right size, a block that does it all). I would definitely put the NamaSTAY towel into this category of quality and usefulness. 
The color options are terrific and varied and the texture of the towel is plush and soft. The microfiber material is absorbent and becomes even softer when wet. Also, like most yoga practice towels, the NamaSTAY towel grips even better when it is wet. This is especially helpful to know if you practice Hot Vinyasa styles, where you are at times moving between yoga poses at a faster pace. It also makes a difference in poses like Downward Facing Dog and arm balances, where you are using your hands on your mat to support some or all your body weight. 
My lululemon "The Mat," which is slightly bigger than the average yoga mat, fits perfectly into the sleeves at either end of the Medium Size NamaSTAY towel (they have a handy sizing chart on their website to help you find the best fit for your mat). The name NamaSTAY is spot on as this towel truly stays in place and, if you're like me and you like to get your sweat on, you know how important and helpful this feature is. A good, absorbent towel that doesn't slide around is necessary for safety during Hot Yoga practice. 

Try it Yourself

The wonderful folks at NamaSTAY Towels have set up a discount code for you, my dear readers. This code is good for 20% off a NamaSTAY Yoga Towel!
Simply enter case-sensitive code: LINDSAY when purchasing a towel at www.namastaytowel.com
If you are looking for a product that will support your yoga practice and not distract you from the goodness that comes with a sweet, sweaty flow, then I recommend you get a NamaSTAY yoga towel … or two! As you can see in the picture to the right, my NamaSTAY towel inspires me to kick up my feet and smile. 
Keep it Sweaty,