By Diana Condolo
On the one hand, yoga is a physical exercise, a practice that can help calm and focus the mind. It is also a wholistic practice, balancing the emotional and spiritual side of us. What we wear is important in our practice. Gaiam has introduced the Gaiam Pro Apparel Line, which features yoga clothing for function and comfort including the Gaiam Luxe Yoga Capri. (Our giveaway of a Gaiam premium yoga mat is now closed. Congrats Robyn B.) The Gaiam Pro Apparel Line, which is available September 1, 2016, features yoga-friendly materials including lycra to prevent transparency and fading, mesh for breathability and inner waist panels to offer support.
The Luxe Yoga Printed Capri by Gaiam is inspired by the free-spirited personality of Bali (sounds exotic and calming, no?) and are designed to fit and flatter for every move. These yoga capris are soft and four-way stretchy, breathable, and boast a fun pattern on the sides.The stay-put waistband slims and supports while the higher rise and quick dry fabric will keep up with you, no matter the practice or pose. (Disclosure: I received a complimentary pair of Gaiam luxe yoga capris in wine with bright wine patchwork and and a Gaiam premium yoga mat in Capri in order to complete my review.) The Gaiam yoga capris are perfectly snug. I took my new yoga gear outside for a spin and liked them a lot.
The opaque leggings (no peekaboo here!) have a comfort gusset, creating freedom of movement and a very comfortable wearing experience. These capris also feature a waistband pocket for little essentials such as money or tissues; I even put my keys in there. The pocket is so handy for going out for yoga or for a jog – I love multi-purpose sport clothing!
The Gaiam capris have yoga compression – research shows that compression garments actually warm the body’s muscles, warding off injury, and may even increase athletic ability. The high waist means you can wear short tops without showing off your backside during Sun Salutations.
I love doing outdoor yoga: it makes me want to take the time to contemplate the sky and to strike a pose and hold it while taking nature all in. The yoga mat worked well on hard concrete and also on softer, uneven grass. It was great that I didn’t slide when I was on the grass.
The Reverse Plank Pose stretches the entire front of the body, while strengthening the arms, shoulders, glutes and core muscles and range of motion in the shoulders. Discover more about yoga on Gaiam’s Discover site.
I also received this colorful premium Capri Yoga Mat which is very cushiony – 6 mm of thickness provide supports joints while you explore longer and harder poses. I really noticed the softness when doing yoga poses on my knees and the cushioning for my back when doing pilates. The texture of this mat is made from no slip, grippy material, keeping me in place during any pose. I did not slide at all. I loved the safety and comfort it provided – it definitely helped with proper alignment and maintaining poses. Made without the six most harmful phthalates, this mat is a healthier choice for both you and the planet 🙂 Plus it is beautiful and calming.
The Gaiam bottoms keep you feeling confident knowing you’re covered for whatever inversion, balance, extend and stretch you go for. They are made with Pro Performance Fabric: 87% Polyester, 13% Spandex. I also think this yoga mat will bring you joy (did I mention comfort?) every time you step on it. Feel awesome!
The Gaiam Pro Fall 2016 Collection is available at Gaiam, Amazon Canada and Hudson’s Bay.
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I just started practicing yoga a few months ago and wow what a difference – not just for my physical health but also my mental health. I practice in my building- there’s a yoga studio with some great instructors.
Glad to hear you are experiencing such overall benefits from practicing yoga. That’s great that you have a yoga studio in your building! Lori
I’d like to learn.
I don’t but I was told to start to help my joints
I practice yoga ….. occasionally.
I like to practice at home in my living room.
I think a lot of people practice yoga in their homes…so much easier than going to yoga classes! Lori
not yet but I should learn
I try to practice yoga but I have trouble fitting it into my day, so I’m trying to do it with youtube videos.
Practicing yoga with youtube videos is a great idea! At least you get some guidance that way. Lori
I recently started practicing it in my bedroom to avoid any snide remarks from siblings and for that quiet peace
Nothing like a room of one’s own for some peace and quiet! Lori
I do practice yoga in my home in the mornings and if I find time, before I go to bed too. Nothing too advanced, but I’m getting there over time!
I do try to practive yoga, either outside on my back deck or in my living room
Practicing yoga outside sounds wonderful! Lori
No, I don’t practice yoga but have done some in the past.
No I do not practice yoga, I have done workouts that combine yoga into the stretching though and would like to try yoga in the future!
It sounds like you have done the basics of yoga in your workout sessions! Lori
I do practice yoga near my home and sometimes at home!
That’s the best thing about yoga: you can do it almost anywhere! Lori
I’ve never tried Yoga
I do practice yoga; often at home or outside in my backyard. I even do it while I travel for work.
No, but I want to learn so bad!!
I have tried it but not on a regular basis and would love to start daily
I practice yoga at home.
Yep – at home with YouTube videos guiding me!
When I can get a minute I try to incorporate yoga into my day but does not happen very frequently, should for my mindfulness . Def trying . I just practise at home , in need of a great space to do so and the gear lol
I am starting Yoga soon at Wellness Unite in Hamilton .. This would be an amazing mat for me .. Thanks kindly for the chance !!! Looking forward to taking Yoga
Can’t wait to start taking yoga classes at Wellness Unite . I am looking forward to it very much.. This mat would be great for me .. thanks kindly for the chance .. Once I learn how I can do it at t home as well !!
i like to practise my yoga at home.
I practice at home and at the Parks
I practise at home in the basement
I do practice yoga. I do it at a local studio
I practice near a lake around my home city.
I have not tried it yet
I do Yoga at a local gym every week.
I do yoga at home – usually first thing in the am:)
I do practice yoga. I practice this at home for about 1 hour a day. sometimes, 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening.
Yes. I practice at home and at the Wellness Centre.
I pratice weekly, in front of the TV.
I do not practice yoga
I actually don’t. It’s something I’ve always wanted to get into and now is the time!
Sometimes I do to release stress.
I practice at home…so many distractions in a class.
Yes, that’s true about the distractions in class! I guess it depends on the studio too! Lori
I practice at home and outdoors
I don’t really practice yoga I have done it a handful of times in the past.
I did ages ago but I’d like to get back into it!
I think a lot of people have tried yoga at some point in their lives including me! Lori
I don’t do yoga, but have tried it in the past.
I want to learn how to do Yoga.
I need to get back into doing yoga again!
I practice yoga in my backyard
I have been practicing most of my adult life and do it home in conjunction with meditation
I don’t but my sister does!
I’m just learning yoga now and practice in my backyard and on my deck
I do, I often practice in my living room 🙂
I do! Twice a week in my living room !
Practice whenever the three kids go to sleep…me time ahhhh
I do and when the weather is nice I do it on my back deck, otherwise it is usually in the basement.
I practice yoga in my home using DVDs
I practice yoga in my living room.
I practiced a bit of pre-natal yoga and would love to get back into it sometime soon. Having my own mat will be great motivation 😉
i do but should really do more
I do yoga videos right in my living room
No but my hubby and I are interested in starting to.
I love yoga! i like to do yoga in my living room as the sun rises. i also love to do yoga on my porch but my ULTIMATE favorite is doing yoga on the beach!
I practice irregularly at home
yes at homee
I do, and I practice at home.
Yes I do at Wynn Fitness.
I don’t but would love to learn and I would be doing it in my home!
So many people practice yoga at home, which is great! Lori
I do yoga in the morning when i get up beside my bed.
I practice yoga every evening before bed in my living room. Yoga has helped me recover and gain strength following several surgeries. I now choose to do yoga each day because it keeps my mind and body healthy.
That’s great that yoga has helped you recover from your surgeries! Lori
I have done yoga in the past, just in my living room.
No, I don’t practice yoga.
I used to practice yoga in a studio. Would like to get back into it!
It something I’ve recently wanted to try but I haven’t yet.
i practice yoga in markham
I’m recently practicing at home 🙂
I just started, we have someone coming to our office twice a week.
I do not practice yoga but would like to start
i am new to yoga, i started at a local yoga studio
Good luck on your new yoga journey! Cheers, Lori
I do not yet practice yoga but it has always fascinated me and I have always believed that the health benefits would be enormous.
Yes, yoga offers so many benefits, both physical and mental. Cheers, Lori
We practice at Lifetime Ajax
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