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March 19th, 2014 KATHRYN PEIFER | Featured Stories
 

Yoga Issue 2014: Shakti Swag

Locally made yoga gear for your practice, on and off the mat.

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Inner Fire Design

Mythala mandala, $54; yoga mat bag, $64; etsy.com/shop/innerfiredesign.

Inner Fire Design was established in 1998 by Cassi Rei Shenoa, who began sewing at age 10. Shenoa specializes in “mythalas,” a pizza-size fabric round with appliqués of wolves, constellations and batik dragonflies. She has customized and ready-made designs, which can be sewn onto a yoga mat or hung on a wall.


2. Touch the Earth

OM lotus electrical lantern, $28, Namaste petite scroll, $16; etsy.com/shop/earthsteps.

Touch the Earth makes silk-and-bamboo prayer flags that can be hung inside or out, and the fiberglass lanterns add a harmonious ambience to any room. Cathy Coulson-Keegan, who owns this graphic art studio in Veneta, near Eugene, hand-prints the products with sacred symbols, such as the lotus. One percent of all profits are given to organizations for peace, the environment and human rights.


3. Beadfreaky

Ceramic face bead, $5; etsy.com/shop/beadfreaky.

These beads are handmade by Portlander Christine Hoffer from stoneware and porcelain and engraved with a goddess, a tree of life or a meditating Buddha. Sew the beads onto your yoga mat, or hang the pendant around your neck while practicing meditation.


4. Meditation Candles

Beach rock candle holder and 100 beeswax candles, $28; etsy.com/shop/MeditationCandles.

Candle-maker Benjamin Richardson, who lives in the Oregon Coast Range, comes from a long lineage of craftspeople. These beeswax candles burn for varying lengths of time, from 20 minutes to two hours, meaning they’re perfect for meditation and yoga practice. Instead of setting a timer or checking the clock every 10 minutes, place the candle in your line of sight and enjoy your practice until it burns out.


5. Batikwalla

Tank top, $25; yoga pants, $95; etsy.com/shop/Batikwalla.

The ancient tradition of batik uses wax and dye on fabric to create whimsical designs. Batikwalla clothing allows the body to be the canvas. Artist Victoria Dresdner has been practicing batik for more than 20 years and offers vibrantly colored leggings, pants, tank tops and hoodies designed for comfort and movement.


6. Oak Street Soap & Candles

Lavender tea tree yoga mat spray, $7; etsy.com/shop/OakStreetSoap.

Yoga practice cleanses the mind, body and soul, but what about your mat? This eco-friendly yoga mat spray is made with lavender and tea tree oils, witch hazel and vinegar—it smells something like Old Spice after-shave. Oak Street also has handmade vegan soap, with aromas ranging from green apple cider to coconut cream pie to lemon basil, and a variety of body scrubs, creams and lip balms, as well as soy wax candles.


7.  Alima Pure

Foundation brush, $30; satin matte blush, $20; alimapure.com.

Alima Pure believes in a connection between inner beauty and outer beauty. This Portland-based company offers toxin- and chemical-free makeup that is made with pure mineral pigments. Alima Pure is also a member of One Percent for the Planet, an international organization of businesses that contributes 1 percent of annual revenues to environmental causes.


8. Yogi Tea

Various teas, $4.99 per box; available at Fred Meyer, Albertsons and other grocery stores.

Yogi Tea was inspired by Yogi Bhajan, a holistic yoga instructor who introduced Kundalini yoga to America in the late ’60s and served an invigorating five-spice tea to his students (and whose will was the subject of a major dispute after his death in 2004). The company was founded in Portland in 1984, with Yogi Bhajan as an adviser. At first sold only in natural-food stores, by 1986 it could be bought nationwide. Today, there are more than 60 blends of tea, including Honey Lavender Stress Relief, which aims to calm the mind and body, and Refreshing Mint Vital Energy tea for rejuvenation.


9. OmMama

Yoga mat bag, $26.50 and $27.50; etsy.com/shop/OmMama.

These adorable bags, made in Corvallis by mother-daughter duo Theresa McLaren and Cerise Burns, will give you some flower power on your way to class. Handmade with sturdy canvas, the bags have an exterior buttoned pocket, perfect for storing your keys and wallet.


The Yoga Poster (not pictured)

Yoga poster, $34; etsy.com/shop/TheYogaPoster.

Let the Yoga Poster guide you through the history, types and philosophies of yoga. The 24-by-36-inch poster is printed on recycled paper with vegetable inks, and was designed by Frank and Karoline Neville-Hamilton (Karoline, who is a registered teacher, is even the person depicted in the postures). Funded on Kickstarter, the poster is a learning tool for the mind and body—after following the sun salutation diagram, brush up on your knowledge of dualism and non-dualism.



 
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