Gear Review: New Balance Printed High Rise Transform Crop 2.0

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For my Foam Rolling video shoot with Best Health Magazine I was sent a pair of New Balance’s new Printed High Rise Transform Crop 2.0 in Galaxy and I love them!

The navy crops have rose gold and navy taping zig zagging across the calf and thigh which gives these pants a very modern look with the perfect pop of colour. They are styled here with the Captivate Tank in Himalayan Pink and the FuelCore NERGIZE shoes in Magnet – they also have a pop of rose gold on the heel.

The high waist band helps to keep that core feeling supported and the high waist band even has a small pocket.

From yoga to high intensity training, the contoured waist band of these crops helps them move with you and keep you cool with power mesh for breath-ability. The fabric of these crops is stretchy NB Dry fabric that wicks sweat away while and contains NB Fresh anti-microbial coating to resist odors so you can go from your workout to brunch confidently without a change of clothes.

You can grab them online from New Balance Canada for $94.99.

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Wild About It: Gaiam Blue Sundial Foldable Yoga Mat (2mm)

While Mark and I were on our summer work-cation we brought a “travel” yoga mat with us from Vancouver to LA. This mat came in very handy on the beach when we didn’t have towels, but was not easy to store as it needed to be rolled up and wasn’t as compact or convenient as it could’ve been. I ended up folding it which gave it weird creases and it no longer lays flat.

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Photo from Gaiam.com

After we returned from our trip I was introduced to the Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat. This mat was everything I had been wanting in my other mat. Not only was it thin and light weight (weighs just 1 lb), it folds into a compact square with it’s almost perforated seems, making it easy for travel and yoga on the go.

This rubber mat has a sticky feel that won’t let your hands slip, no matter the temperature. I took it with me to last weeks CH Morning Live segment and while it was perfect to travel with various items from the ground – sand and dirt – got stuck and required a bit of brushing and shaking to remove.

This mat certainly impressed me with it’s size and it’s compact-ability. It was exactly what I’ve been looking for and if you’re someone who travels a lot, you should definitely look into it.

Available where Gaiam products are sold in store and online for $21.99.

For more information check out this video from Gaiam.com

Yoga Gift Ideas: 6 Gifts For The Yoga Lover On Your List

December is upon us, and with the holidays nearing, if you haven’t started to think about those active folks on your list – it’s time to start!

Here are my six gifts to give the people on your list who spend as much time on the mat as they do at home. From stylish mats, jewellery, and needed accessories and clothing, I’ve got just about everything your yoga-loving gal (or guy) could wish for.

As a yoga lover, what do you covet most? What have I left off the list? Let me know in the comment section below. Happy holidays.

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1. K-Deer High Performance Luxury Activewear. Available in sizes XS-XL these high waisted, elastic free leggings, come in a variety of eye popping colours, designs, and styles. I love that they are entirely made in NYC, are high quality, but are still unique enough that not everyone in your yoga class owns a pair. K-Deer also sell tops, men’s and children’s wear too. Available online. $98.00 USD.

2. Danielle LaPorte #Truthbomb Card Deck. Sometimes, just one sentence can change your mind, break open your heart, soothe your soul, or hit you like a #Truthbomb. Danielle LaPorte has boxed up 134 of them for your yoga lover. Each is 4×4 card is printed on heavy, creamy stock, with gold foil icon embossing. Don’t want the physical cards – there’s also an app for that! Available online. $34.00 USD.

3. Tiny Devotions Shark Bracelet. As part of the Spirit Animal collection, the Shark Mala is one of the new additions to the Tiny Devotions bracelet collection. If you’re buying for a doer and a manifester, someone who works hard and loves to stay active, someone who keeps moving forward, lives fiercely, and takes a bite out of life – consider this bracelet for them. Available in select yoga studios across Toronto (and area) or online. $54 USD.

4. Spiritual Gangter Long Sleeve. Yoga inspired clothing for higher vibrations of living, Spiritual Gangster offers a variety of fun and funky attire for men, women, and children too! I love how classic attire (basic tanks and tees) are refreshed with yoga inspired sayings and graphics, and sometimes with a hint of gold. Available in select yoga studios across Toronto (and area) or online. $48 – $88 USD.

5. Affirmats. Affirmats Yoga Mats are function and inspiration all wrapped with pure love. These Eco-Friendly mats are made of a Jute/ECO-pvc blend which  just makes sense as your yoga lover focuses their practice on their intention by having it displayed in front of them. “breathe in love” “I am wonderfully made” “i am unique i am beautiful” and “i am enough” are just a few of the great sayings printed or embroidered at the top of the mat. Available online. $66-$86 USD. 

6. Gaiam Duffle Bag. Gift your favourite yogini their new favourite go-to bag for traveling to the studio or taking their practice on the road. The Gaiam Duffle Bag (seen here) may be compact, but features 8 pockets total, including 2 water bottle poaches, 4 zippered pockets, an easy access inner pocket, large main compartment, and a secure yoga mat holder. Various styles and colours available. Available  online. $26-$40 CAD.