The WANT Shop: 7 Stunning Yoga Essentials For Self Love On + Off The Mat

The WANT Shop: 7 Stunning Yoga Essentials For Self Love On + Off The Mat

Yoga is such a personal thing. While one yogi might love an athletic, fast-paced flow, another might get high off of getting grounded. Whether you're into acro or Ashtanga, hip openers or headstands, Radiohead or Raam Das - there's a flow for that.

This month, I had the honor of featuring two (well, three) yoga powerhouses on WANT: the ladies of Rock Your Bliss (Jacki Carr and Mary Beth LaRue) and body-positive pioneer Jessamyn Stanley. And in getting to know each of these women, it became even more clear to me than ever that no one practice is "right" or "wrong" as long it's authentically you. Yoga isn't about what happens on the outside - it's about what happens on the inside. Click To Tweet

...however, a little bit of outside inspiration never hurt.

There are studies and findings, but you don't need to look farther than your own closet to know that what you wear and what you have can greatly impact your self-perception. I'm all about less-is-more, but I'm also incredibly sentimental and know that what I own is a reflection of who I am. This kind of mindful minimalism, especially when it comes to my yoga gear/fitness gear (#myweakness) keeps me in check and feeling fully self-expressed long after I leave the studio. Here are my personal top 7 faves for self-love on and off the mat:

 

La Vie Boheme Yoga Mats

photo credit: cortnee loren brown for the chalkboard mag
photo credit: cortnee loren brown for the chalkboard mag

By far the most drop-down-dog gorgeous yoga mats I've ever seen in my life. I personally own the Bahar Mat and the Navajo Yoga Rug (pictured above), and they make me smile every single time I unroll them to begin my practice. shop here

 

 

Spiritual Gangster Crop

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One of my favorite brands. So muchso it currently has a monopoly over my closet. I live in this crop. I wear it to work. I wear it to concerts. I wear it to yoga. I wear it to family dinners. Basically, it might as well be my second skin. shop here

Incense, Incense, Incense

photo credit: cortnee loren brown, creative start
photo credit: cortnee loren brown, creative start

I love me some candles, but there is something so special and ritual about lighting a stick of incense. Flicking the match. Gently catching the flame onto the incense. Fanning the smoke a bit until the smoke slowly curls up in ringlets and swirls. That, to me, is yoga. shop here

 

Tiny Devotions x Danielle LaPorte True Desire Mala

truedesiremalaCall me basic hippie-dippie, but I love me some mala action. Not just any mala beads, though - I like my jewelry to have intention behind it. Tiny Devotions is one of my favorite brands - and this collaboration with Danielle LaPorte is gorgeous and simple enough to go with anything. shop here

Electric & Rose Speedway Sports Bra

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I cannot say enough good things about Electric & Rose. Forget the fact that their gear is ridiculously cute, cool, functional, and flattering - they're a local brand with a big, big heart. I love supporting small businesses and startups that are run on a fusion of passion and purpose. In a pretty saturated market, E&R has managed to stand out in the crowd. Fun side note, each item is named after a street in the founders' hometown of Venice Beach (love). shop here

Yogasmoga Vivacity Leggings

vivacity-legging-olivine-gold-1_007Doing the eco-chic fitnesswear thing isn't the simplest thing ever when you sweat buckets (hi). Which is why I was so stoked to discover Yogasmoga last month. I visited the new location in Beverly Hills without knowing much about the brand - and walked out a fan for life. Not only is everything about their company eco-friendly and responsibly made (right down to the reclaimed wood they use to build out their stores), their activewear is both fierce and flattering. Bonus points for the very WANTy gold accents on these leggs. shop here

Hope Gillerman Stress Remedy

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Essentials oils: yes, they work. And yes, they're game changing. Hope Gillerman is the queen of the essential oil revolution in my eyes, blending scents together perfectly for pretty much anything that might ail you. Her Stress Remedy roll-on is perfect pre-yoga practice - or, let's get real, at work, in traffic, stuck in line at Target on a Sunday... shop here

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2 comments

  1. Emma says:

    I love WANT and all it stands for, but clicking through to those clothing retailers and discovering their limited size range actually triggered a whole heap of negative ‘not good/ thin/ yogatastic enough’ self talk for me 😢

    • Katie says:

      Oh no – I’m so sorry looking through the retailers is triggering those thoughts, Emma – so not my intention. It’s a shame, really, that while we’ve gotten pretty progressive with our views on body positivity, diversity in size/shape/color/etc (at least a whole lot more progressive than we’ve been in the past!), the majority of retailers still haven’t caught on to the fact that as a culture, we’re hungry for seeing all kinds of women and all sorts of sizing. It’s not about just size 2 or just size 22, it’s about showing that there is a wide, beautiful spectrum of female bodies out in the world, all of which are gorgeous in their own unique way.

      As for range of sizes on the sites, check out Carbon38.com, Bandier.com, and EvolveFitWear.com – online fitnesswear shops that usually carry a wider range to appeal to a broader audience. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for (and this goes for any brand, not just the ones mentioned here!), I’d definitely write to them expressing your dismay and what it’s bringing up for you, also asking if they have the product available in your size even if it’s not listed online. Sometimes they just won’t have enough of a certain size to be able to sell online – but it’s worth it to ask. At the very least, you’re sparking a conversation within the company that could create a change!

      And just for the record, without knowing you personally – I can GUARANTEE you’re more than yogatastic enough. I promise you that. If you’re still feeling down, check out Gigi Yogini or Jessamyn Stanley’s features here on WANT, or my piece entitled “my advanced practice.” Hopefully those can help quiet the negative voices even just a little.

      Thank you for your kind words regarding WANT, they mean so much to me!

      xo, kt

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