We all have a friend who seems most content in a downward dog. Though they probably could write a manifesto on their favorite yoga mat, there are plenty of other gifts for yoga lovers to help them take their practice to the next rung of enlightenment. From a yoga mat bag to a meditation pillow, here are some must-have items for your most blissed-out yogi friend.
Yoga Mat Bag
Your friend may have a favorite mat. Let her show it off in style with a new yoga mat bag. This mat bag comes in an assortment of chic patterns and features a side pocket for a phone, wallet, or other small items. Made of durable canvas with a drawstring closure, this mat bag design keeps a mat safe while ensuring easy access to it.
Help deepen your friend’s forward fold with a colorful yoga strap, built to increase flexibility and aid range of motion. This strap is made of thick cotton and features an easy-release buckle to hold the belt in place for difficult positions and release quickly if needed.
If your yogi friend has a sense of humor, get her a funny yoga-themed T-shirt. This Namaste Bitches tee is made from 100 percent preshrunk cotton for a super-soft perfect fit, while this unisex Yoga Dog tee is ideal for the yogi who’s as passionate about her pup as about her practice.
If your yogi pal is a Bikram fanatic or simply glows more on the mat, help her stay dry with a yoga towel. Choose from a variety of vibrant colors and meditative designs. You may also consider opting for a yoga blanket or tapestry that she can hang on the wall to transform her living space into a yogi haven.
Meditation doesn’t have to end with the last “om” at the end of practice. This meditation pillow lets your yogi friend take her meditation practice home, providing a comfortable and pretty seat for all her meditative needs.
Chances are your friend has already read the Bhagavad Gita, but any book of wisdom by Pema Chodron, the Dalai Lama, or Osho might be welcome on her yogi journey. Alternatively, choose from a variety of yoga-themed calendars so she can keep track of her yoga schedule in one stylish, sensible place.
Health relies on hydration, especially during more strenuous yoga classes. Give your friend a water bottle she’ll love toting around, like this insulated stainless steel thermos for hot and cold drinks, or this infusion bottle, which allows her to make the fruit-infused water of her choice.
From om earrings to unisex mala bead bracelets, there are many options for yogi jewelry to choose from. Yoga wearables let your friend take her practice off the mat and into her everyday life.
Your yogi friend is probably just as passionate about practicing self-care and reducing stress as she is about perfecting a handstand. If all else fails, book a spa day with her or browse some of these relaxing self-care gifts.
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Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.