Today we find ourselves in the midst of the 2013 Holiday Season. Here at Yoga Direct, we put together a list of our favorite items this year that we believe will make excellent gifts. With thousands of items on our site, it's easy to miss some of these finds I like to call "diamonds in the rough".


Premium Yoga Kit

The Premium Yoga Kit contains all of the yoga gear you need to get started on the path to enlightenment. December is the unofficial month of holiday parties. Is there nothing more depressing than sitting next to a pumpkin roll and all of your other favorite treats and snacks, unable to imbibe due to the battle of the bulge? Dieting alone isn't really effective. Yoga increases fitness of the entire body . The Premium Yoga Kit contains: one extra thick/extra long Deluxe yoga mat, a strap, two blocks, a soft Mexican blanket with thunderbird detail, nylon mat bag and a bottle of all-natural yoga mat cleaner spray. The more you use and scrub the mat down, the stickier the mat gets!

plank mats

Heat activated Plank Mats become warm to the touch when the textured, sticky, closed-cell surface comes into contact with warm and moist hands and feet. The best part about these mats are how unique the surface appears. The Signature Mat looks like a plank of old barn wood (splinter-free!); the Shag Mat looks like a thick rug from '77; and the Cobra Mat shows a lush green lawn with a sneaky invader slithering through the grass: a plastic snake!


Zafus and Zabutons (traditional meditation floor pillows and cushions) were created by the Japanese hundreds of years ago to prolong comfortable meditation. Today, we have the Chairvana: the ultimate meditation chair that incorporates modern technology with principles of this ancient healing art. The chairvana helps your meditation practice last longer through maximum comfort (easy to clean closed-cell foam) and promoting ergonomically-assisted proper posture.The chair goes beyond simply helping you meditate more efficiently. It will actually train your body how to sit properly. Learning and practicing accurate posture can potentially keep your body and back strong enough to keep back and spinal injuries at bay as you age.

Hyde poncho

It's impossible to be unhappy in a poncho! That's why we recommend the Hyde Poncho, perfect snuggling up with a book next to the hearth on a frosty night.

Dragonfly TPE Hot Yoga Mat Towel

A good hot yoga mat towel can be as difficult to find as the perfect yoga class: skip the costly trial and error period and go straight for Dragonfly Yoga's TPE Hot Yoga Mat Towel, an innovative mat-like towel that incorporates the superior absorbency of microfiber into a textured, slip-free top layer. The bottom layer is made from biodegradable, recyclable, eco-happy TPE which won't budge an inch off your mat. Stay dry and stay safe with this yoga towel, perfect for the Bikram or hot yoga enthusiast!

cami tank

Who doesn't need an extra camisole? Well, other than men. This Cami Tank by Yoga Direct comes in pink, black, or white, and costs $5! High quality at a great cost? Grab these quickly, before they sell out!

Ohm for the Holidays t-shirt

Will you be Ohm for the Holidays? This feminine cut t-shirt by Yoga Direct is the perfect Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah gift for your yogini teacher. This white tee is screenprinted in Christmas red, depicting a woman in full lotus -- mudras and all. The caption underneath her reads, "I'll be Ohm for the Holidays".


Shopping for a girlfriend or wife? Jewelry is always a safe bet, especially when it's unique and reflects her tastes and interests. These Tagua Lotus and Opal Earrings are made from a sterling silver drop base. Tagua -- a hard, dense, and white type of nut is a vegan alternative to ivory. The tagua have been hand-carved into light pink lotus flowers that are relief embedded into an ornate sterling backing. Atop the lotus on both earrings sits an iridescent opal, a gemstone known for its confidence-building and creativity-stimulating metaphysical properties. Made in Indonesia by designer Sabine Koehring.


What do you get for the yogi who has it all? Or how about the sister who no one likes to buy for because she inevitably returns it for something that is more "her"? Maybe you are reading this on December 22nd and need something ASAP? Yoga Direct sells Electronic Gift Certificates which are emailed to the recipient immediately after the purchase is made. Denominations available in $25, $50, $75, and $100. If you have any questions at all or need assistance choosing the perfect gift, you can reach one of our friendly and knowledgeable Customer Service girls toll free at 1-800-331-8233.


Have you ever purchased a gift from Yoga Direct? If so, we'd love to hear about it! Who were you buying for? What item did you purchase? Was the recipient happy with their Yoga Direct gift? Drop us a line in the comments section below. And Happy Holidays!


By: Alice Jennings (G+)

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