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Jessica Rienecker (TallGirl Yogi)

Joint pain is something that affects many yogis regardless of their level of practice. Yoga Jellies are a pair of soft gel-like discs made from silicon, and I was very eager to test them. They came in a beautiful drawstring bag that fit inside my yoga gear bag (a must!). I used them during an... Read more

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Jessica Rienecker

I was lucky enough to be able to try out two very different mat products from Hugger Mugger recently. Their site has over 20 different mats to choose from. The company has been around for over 25 years, and that experience shows in the diversity of their products.

The Recycled Rubber Mat... Read more

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Jessica Rienecker
Bamboo Photo

Many yogis are familiar with cork and foam blocks as a yoga prop, but Barefoot Yoga has come out with blocks made out bamboo. These hollow blocks are each unique since the grain pattern and color varies on every piece of bamboo. I tested the blocks myself, and also asked some of my Level 1... Read more

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Jessica Rienecker
Jade Yoga Mat Red

Jade Yoga mats are made sustainably with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees (a renewable resource!).They are made in the United and do NOT contain a lot of the synthetic junk that is bad for the environment and your body to be rubbing against. Jade plants a tree for every mat sold, which... Read more

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Jessica Rienecker
NYSA Bag Photo

NYSA Yoga Mat Bags are created from Mysore saris; each one is unique. The colors are vibrant, and the Green Yoga Bag I tested out has beautiful detail on the exterior. I was on my way to take a class and then teach, and I was able to fit TWO mats into the bag and still have room for some yoga... Read more

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Jessica Rienecker

Activewear USA is a one-stop shop for yoga apparel, with a goal of having the largest selection of fitness brands in one place (120 to be exact). Firstly, I was delighted that they... Read more

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Jessica Rienecker
Wisdom Mats, Yoga Teacher Magazine

Wisdom Mats are non-toxic mats that come in four colors with four different phrases across the mat. These eco-conscious mats were created by a hot yoga practitioner, so non-slip surface was important to her. I tested out the mat while teaching a hatha yoga class indoors, where the room tends to... Read more

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Reviewed by Jessica Rienecker
prAna Twyla Top, Yoga Teacher Magazine

The prAna Twyla Top is a wrinkle-resistant blend of nylon, polyester and spandex. It is designed to be moisture-wicking, which was a great fit for the day I tested it out: a hot and humid summer morning during an outdoor yoga class. The color and fabric didn't show any signs of sweat despite the... Read more

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Jessica Rienecker
Guroo Sleeve, Yoga Teacher Magazine

It can be frustrating warming up for 45 minutes and then being too sweaty to keep your legs from slipping in your Bakasana or Titibasana! Guroo Active’s sleeves come in men’s and women’s sizes, different colors, and have a spotted rubbery surface that faces outward on the back of the forearm.... Read more

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reviewed by YTM

 
The Gaiam Sol Premium Strap is eco-friendly, relatively inexpensive, and very much worth the expenditure. It’s really what good yoga is about – soft, comfortable, pliant yet at the same time firm and durable. Also visually appealing: I like pumpkin! The pleasant tactile quality is... Read more

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