Giveaway Winner Announced!

First, many thanks to everyone for all the thoughtful comments on what you'd like to see from Damn Good Yoga in the coming year.  I will consider your ideas and try to bring them to fruition in every way I can.

Drum roll, please...

The winner of the Barefoot Yoga practice rug giveaway is...


Congratulations, Carl!  Please send me an email with your name and shipping address and I will forward that information to Barefoot Yoga Co. to get your Gaya practice rug on its way to your door.

Thanks again to everyone for reading, participating, and sharing your thoughts on Damn Good Yoga.  Stayed tuned for more giveaways, Asanas of the Week, videos, and more!


Product Review: Barefoot Yoga Practice Rug (And a Giveaway!)

 I get several emails each week from company representatives asking me to review products on this blog.  I've been asked to review everything from sports drinks (gross!) to body-shaping undergarments (does this make my ass look... ass-shaped?),  but I only ever agree to review products that are relevant to my practice and yours.  So when a friendly rep from Barefoot Yoga Co. emailed me earlier this month to request a product review, I jumped at the chance.

Admittedly, I have used Barefoot Yoga's Mysore rugs in the past but historically have preferred the equa towels from Manduka for sweaty practice.  However, with my pitta fires greatly damped by 2nd series, the mat towels just aren't serving me as well these days, so I thought I'd give the Mysore rug another chance.

Barefoot Yoga claims to be the "original manufacturer and designer of the Mysore Practice Rug," and while I don't know if this is absolutely true, I do know that Mysore rugs are common among my students.  I've seen many of Barefoot's designs -- some more commonly than others -- and if you've spent any time in a Mysore room, you probably have too.  They tend to be woven with earthy tones and patterns, often dulled by years of sweaty hands and feet, but when I opened up the box from Barefoot and saw the new Gaya rug they sent me, I literally gasped with delight.

Gaya Mysore practice rug in its natural environment
This rug is beautiful.  It is tightly woven of 100% cotton in vibrant rose, coral, and black.  After a week of practice on this baby, I can tell you that it really does the job for which it is intended.  There are no ridges or seams, but the weave is course and highly absorbent.  With just a little spritz of water before the Surya Namaskara, the rug provides a perfect grip and, unlike microfiber towels, doesn't dry out before I manage to break a sweat.  It stays in place on my mat, even with a sloppy jump back, so there is no fussing with wrinkles or folds (and, consequently, no excuse to pause and adjust before confronting scary postures).

Rug pattern up close
I love the texture of the rug under my hands and feet, and appreciate that it doesn't stretch or leave little stirrup marks where my heels sit in Downward Dog like other rugs I've tried.  The colors are rich and inviting, and the stripes are nice for checking alignment and precision.  Most of all, I appreciate that even by the end of a sweaty 1st or 2nd series, I don't feel like I'm lying in a slushy mess.  The Gaya rug absorbs everything I throw at it without becoming saturated or feeling wet.

Bottom line:  Barefoot's Gaya Mysore rug is fun to look at, and it supports and simplifies my practice.  What else is there to say about a yoga rug? Not much.  

Giveaway Details

Like my rug? You can have one, too!  Barefoot Yoga Co. has generously agreed to give away a Gaya Mysore practice rug ($41 value) to one lucky reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment below with an idea of what you'd like to see from Damn Good Yoga in the coming year.  Do you want practice tips?  Philosophy?  More videos?  Natural health?  Be specific.  On February 26th -- one week from today -- I will randomly select a commenter to receive one of these fabulous rugs and announce the winner on the blog.  

Stay tuned and good luck!

UPDATE:  The winner has been announced!  Click here to find out if you're the one.