Welcome to Black Dog Asana – your online resource for all things yoga. In yoga there is no one size fits all mentality, store, or product. In fact there is a multitude of clothing lines, yoga mats, yoga supports and accessories. We do the leg work to find amazing new products and services for yogis everywhere. Here you will find reviews on products for when you are both on and off the mat. From product reviews to book reviews, articles, apps and more Black Dog Asana has found a vast array of great products all from the best retailers We are dedicated to bringing you every yoga resource possible. Every product on this site has been evaluated based on its usefulness, its manufacturing and what the company stands for. To ensure partiality every product reviewed has been sent to us by the manufacturer rather than having been purchased. The truth is very important to us. The reviews on this site are almost all extremely positive. No we do not gush over just anyone. You will only find the best clothing, products and accessories listed on Black Dog Asana.
Holiday Yogi Gift Giving Guide:
As yogis we are all working to end our focus on ourselves and to turn that focus on creating good in the world. Unfortunately this makes us hard to buy for… so this Christmas give your family members and friends a bit of a hint and send them here to this, our home page and Holiday Yogi Gift Giving Guide.
Guys this yoga mat is made especially for you. Nice right? Its great to see products made just for guys – making it easier or more tempting for them to get into this wonderful practice. I have practiced on this mat a few times now and love it (though I’m only a 140LB, 5 feet 7 inches tall yogini) and it definitely performed well. This mat was definitely designed by guys for guys. The mat is thicker and heavier than any other mat that we have tried so it definitely will not move around on you and is tough enough to support all of your joints just like a good mat should. Guys, now that you have your own clothes and mats like this gem here, you’re running out of excuses! Get a YogaJack and join us on your mat!
They’re putting three layers of comfort and stability into their mats – when you’re practicing on one of their mats you can really feel it! With this out of the world, over the top comfort level you’ll be able to take your practice to new heights as you sink to new depths in your stretches. We’re going to blow your minds with these next tidbits: these mats are suited for any type of yoga (Vinyasa flow, Power, Hot Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Kundalini, Yin and more!), they’re durable and hold up to the rigors of daily practice, and they’re eco-friendly! Crazy, we know. We love the combined comfort, durability and earth conscious mentality that goes into these mats, and are hooked on the way they enhance your practice.
The more we practice yoga, the more we learn to let go, let loose and embrace our inner child. My inner child had been locked away for a while (though if you ask my parents they would disagree). Now she is as free as the wind. Yoga breathes new life into both your body and your inner child as you continue your practice. There are both challenging and fun parts to yoga – like inversions. I cannot get enough of inversions. The health benefits are incredible and include decompressing the spine, re-oxygenating the blood stream, stimulating the mind and body while toning the nervous system. It can be hard to start with headstands and even harder to work up to other inversions. Supported shoulder stand is great and has numerous benefits as well but just is not the same as a full inversion – like a headstand.
Three Minute Egg
One yoga block provider has attained an enlightened perspective on this issue and has developed an ergonomic yoga support that perfectly answers our various complaints about the typical yoga block. The Three Minute Egg is shaped differently. Using the body as its inspiration this yoga support is perfect for yogis of all shapes and sizes, degrees of flexibility and strength. It works as an alignment aid, and when used as its name suggests – just three minutes a day can improve your posture. An easy three minutes a day in the morning or after you get home from work with these eggs is all it takes to live a healthier, happier and more flexible life. With the longer series from Three Minute Egg you’ll begin to realize these benefits even sooner. For the experienced yogis, ready for the more challenging poses these eggs provide stability or an added platform from which to try the poses or to make a more simple pose challenging.
Imagine this: a company cares so much about their product that they are taking the time to make it by hand, and then they care about their workers so much that they find the best and most deserving women and pay them well above the meager salaries other people in their countries are paid, then they assemble it extremely well… oh and it looks awesome. It sounds too good to be true right? Well we have been shown that it does exist. I AM is making kick butt yoga mat bags from hand woven fabrics by loverly ladies in Guatemala. My bag was made by Maria…how do I know? She signed the bag! How often do you find a product where you get to see who made it? It’s blowing our minds.
JoBird Yoga Carryalls
Stylish bags that are are made right here in the U.S.A. The bags are durable, wipe clean easily and look fabulous. (Did we mention we love how great they look?) Founder of Black Dog Asana Maggie Franz uses hers daily for all of her yoga business notes, yoga journals, study materials, and of course for toting around her yoga essentials. The bag fits almost any size mat in its intuitive adjustable sleeve- carrying the mat on the outside of the carryall allows for ample space inside the bag for all of your other yoga favorites. This is really different from most other bags, who’s main focus i s to carry the mat itself rather than the mat and all the other gear. JoBird is doing awesome thing for yogis everywhere right from their hometown in the North East. The company had offers from large and popular stores to sell their bags – but to do so meant cutting cost margins which meant going overseas. JoBird did what they knew in their hearts was right and kept the production of their amazing carryalls here in the States.
NamaSTAY Mat Towels, the perfect solution to our shifty mat towel problems. The creators of NamaSTAY Mat Towels must have experienced this same problem because they created a towel that almost completely solves this problem. The towel is softer than any other mat towel that we have tried at Black Dog Asana, so soft we could curl up with it and fall asleep. Embroidered into these awesome towels is both the Om symbol at the top of the mat and their website at the bottom – so that you can be the awesome trend setter in your yoga class. We found that the Om symbol was not only an added plus to the design, it was also a helpful tool during those tricky balancing poses by providing a nice focal point. These mats also run true to size and fit any sized mat snugly.
Synergy Organic Clothing
They’re goal of making great looking clothing while being gentle on the earth is accomplished everyday. The designs used in all of their clothing are inspired from the best of adventures all over the world ensuring that you are buying unique and creatively charged clothing. When you make your next clothing purchase, choose Synergy Yoga Clothing – you’ll get a lot more than just a piece of clothing. When you choose Synergy, you will be getting organic cotton, with low impact dyes, made by skilled and careful hands that are earning a fair days wages, all while being comfortable, allowing movement and your body to breath. That’s borderline a run on sentence there with all the stuff we had to fit in. Their designs are so much fun and light and comfortable we know you’ll love them. Check out Synergy Clothing right now! Oh and get ready to fall in love!
Talk about comfort. When I get ready to leave the house in the morning, I need to find clothing that I can teach in, practice in, work in, and be comfortable in – as I am going to be in that clothing all day long and like the list I just rattled of I’m going to be doing a myriad of things in it. So yes – the right clothing is important to me and it does make all the difference. I like to look professional, feel attractive – I like to avoid the “I’m wearing Yoga pants because I don’t want to wear real clothes” look even though there is a good bit of truth to that here as well. While expecting all of that from my clothing, I still ask more of it. I am a new yoga instructor and therefore I am on a strict budget – therefore I need if I am going to buy luxury yoga clothing I need that clothing to last. It was very exciting to receiveBeyond Yoga‘s clothing – it fits my bill to a “T”. I love it.
Off The Matt
While there are many pleasures in life for us to enjoy, one of my favorites is very simple but also quite delectable. To nibble on a bit of dark chocolate and savor that bitter yet sweet taste which is so rich, so silky, so wonderful is something my family has enjoyed together ever since I can remember. Over the years we have tried a lot of different chocolate together, and have found that not all chocolate is the same. Not all manufacturers are concerned with their process, their employees or the land they use to grow the cocoa. When we started to take all of this into consideration when looking for a better dark chocolate producer, it lead us to Alter Eco: one company changing the lives, the landscape and the environment of 2,000 farmers and their families. We tried their Blackout Dark Chocolate (which is 85% cocoa), Dark Coconut Toffee, Dark Quinoa, Velvet Truffles and Black Truffles…I know we really took one for the team on this one. While we joke that it was rough, this was the smoothest chocolate we ever sunk our teeth into!
This system is quick and simple, and it works like a charm. Libre Tea Glasses are great for making your favorite tea any time of day – even in the morning during your dash to work. And since loose tea can generally be steeped more than once, you’re able to fill your glass up again at the office with hot water and be able to enjoy another cup of tea as you’re working. You could take our word for it and buy yourself and the tea lovers a Libre Tea Glass – or you could try a Libre Tea Glass for yourself. Either way you need to get yourself one (or two) of these guys and fill your glass and your life with delicious loose teas.
There is no debating the health benefits of being well hydrated. But drinking water is not always as high on our priority as it should be. With the Citrus Zinger water is quickly rising up on my list. Water that tastes good – now that’s a plan for good hydration. Then you have the added benefits of getting fresh fruit juice – yet another added health benefit when you use your Citrus Zinger and other amazing products from Zing Anything. The great part about all of this – well aside from the great hydration and vitamins and all that is that the Zingers are really easy to use. Just fill the bottom with your favorite fruit, follow the directions to juice the fruit, attach and fill the water bottle and you’re good to go. Grapefruits are one of my favorite fruits so I love the fact that I can get freshly squeezed grapefruit juice mixed with fresh water and can take it with me all day is better than the bees knees.
Jendala designs are simple yet breathtaking, beautiful yet provocative. They remind us to love ourselves and those around us, to treat everyone with respect and to enjoy art. I cannot wait to figure out where to hang my Jendala design. I’m a big fan of art and really understand the importance of surrounding yourself with things that delight your eyes and uplift your mood. Sometimes we can forget the importance art can play in our lives and we tell ourselves that it is something that we can live without. Treat yourself and your loved ones to the affordable and inspirational art of Jendala. Perfect for any room or outdoor space, her beautiful pieces will remind you to breath, respect, relax and enjoy.
The Original Sprout was founded by Inga Trit after the birth of her daughter as a safe and natural baby shampoo, conditioner, cream and body wash. Inga is a professional stylist who has brought her professional knowledge to the country and combined with her love of nature to create products that are suited for babies, adults and everyone in between. She’s done her research – visit www.orginalsprout.com to read the studies that drove Inga to find only the safest ingredients for her products. Other bath and beauty solutions contain both chemicals and plants that have been linked to hormonal imbalances, autism and even cancer. After just one use, you’ll notice why its approved for babies. Also, you’ll be amazed by the difference just one use makes. We noticed that after the first use, our scalp was soothed, hair was softer and lighter, and there was no residue. The body lotion knocked us off our feet (not literally but its possible because of how silky it makes your skin).
Stylish and fabulous, Juil shoes will have your friends envying your feet…well your shoes anyway. We’ve all walked through the mall and looked into the different stores with shoes claiming that they are natural and supportive of your body’s natural posture – but apparently they forgot that we like to look great along with feeling great. Juil gets it, all of it. Not only do they have the research and the Doctors to back up their technology, they’ve got a great design aesthetic to boot. Their designs are inspired by and created from natural materials. You’ll be amazed how in every aspect of their process Juil is respectful of Mother Earth and your sense of style – from the packaging, to the marketing materials, to the adorable bag that comes with your new pair of shoes, Juil is making everything from natural or recycled materials! And that’s a feet.. or should we say feat?
When we found Unstitched Utilities we were ecstatic because they really are everything we are looking for. I know I said it before but – great looking vegan shoes that are made from recycled goods that won’t empty your bank account! It’s still sinking in – but what is not hard to comprehend is how comfortable these shoes are. I have one of the incredible fast lane models. Slipping into these shoes for the first time you will be blown away. A cushy foot bed, over top of a sturdy and supportive rubber sole that grips makes for a sturdy and comfortable pair of shoes that you will want to wear every time that you have to leave the house. Comfort plus style, plus repurposed material, plus durability, plus a unique design – holy gomukasana! Can you believe it? If they weren’t on my feet I don’t know if I could handle it. Unstitched Utilities is really shaking things up – I mean turning the eco-instyle industry on its head. I get looks everywhere I wear the shoes. With the shorter laces, the comfy slip on design you will be wearing these shoes everywhere as well.
Lock Laces are your solution to well fitting or snug lace up shoes. They allow the shoe to loosen up enough to easily slide on and in an instant tighten up and lock into lace. I’ve currently got Lock Laces in my running shoes, but I can’t wait to get them into my trail running shoes, mountain biking shoes and any other shoes that have old laces in them. Their simple design makes them super easy to put into your shoes (as testified to by the fact that I could do it.) You lace them up like a normal pair of shoe laces, cut them to size, slide on the lock and snap on the cap. I told you it was easy! Lock Laces come in an array of great colors, so you’ll find one to match your style. Lock Laces make getting ready a little easier, a little faster, and whether you’re running errands or running to work out, you won’t need to worry about shoe laces slowing you down anymore.