Gifts under $50 for Yoga & Fitness – Updated for 2020!
These are some of my favorites for using in my fitness and yoga practice. Enjoy!
I’ve attended some awesome workshop trainings this year, and I need to shout out that one of the most used props are the yoga straps with the D-rings! So easy to use in binding poses, and to really activate the hip musculature in our Gentle Yoga for Low Back Pain classes. So add the D-Ring Yoga strap to you and your fellow yogi’s list! (Maybe even get two!)
Take a look at this review of The RGB Workout. I was so impressed I bought a book for me and a book for my over 90 year old mom!
Another “find” is the Stretch Out Strap by optp.com I first ran into this particular looped yoga strap over 17 years ago, when I took the two day YogaFit for Seniors training with Rita Joseph. The class included using poses seated on the chair, behind the chair, a block, ball, and this really cool strap. You did not have to use your “grip” but threaded your hand into the loops to use the strap in your practice. My chair yoga clients love it, plus so do my beginners yoga clients. Well worth getting (and pick the version with the added poster)! Check out this other instructor who reviews the Stretch Out Strap!
I use the stretch out strap in my 12 yoga poses for preventing osteoporosis / osteopenia routine. It is just so easy to loop the hands in the “loops” to do the Hand to Foot Number 1 Pose and the Hand to Foot Number 2 Pose.
I cannot easily reach out to the side without my stretch out strap without lifting my opposite side of my body. So with the stretch out strap, it is so much easier to do!
Fit Simply Resistance Loop Exercise Bands. Found this little jewel at one of my daughter’s homes. She was using the bands in a pilates routine that she did on a regular basis.
I looked up the band on the website, and purchased a set for myself. I didn’t really start using the bands until I was encountering some back pain. Turns out I needed to start turning on some major hip flexors and glute muscles to start to get myself out of pain. I turned to these bands, and sure enough I now do the famous pilates “clam” exercises with varied resistance levels. Wow, it works, but you have to keep up the daily work, to stay out of pain. Coach Sofia has some good information via her site, facebook & youtube in using the resistance loop bands. Plus a lot on the piriformis syndrome and what to do about it.
D-Ring Yoga Strap. Use this in poses where one needs to activate the hip musculature – strengthen those hips and glutes!
Can be used in constructive rest pose, seated staff pose on the floor or on the chair, standing mountain pose, again with pushing against the strap to activate the thighs, hips & glutes. Similar to using the resistance band loop, but with “no” stretchy component. Pics to come!