Yoga Gift Guide: The Indie Edition

Have yourself an indie little Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) this year by supporting these small businesses with your gift choices. Many of these products are super innovative passion projects that aim to improve upon the status quo standard issue yoga props and accessories. You could correctly describe each of the suggestions below as unique, which is exactly what you want in a gift. Because who wants to give the same things as everyone else?

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Dharma Yoga Wheel Eco Wheel

Dharma Yoga Wheel Eco Wheel
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You've probably seen a Dharma Yoga wheel at your local studio. The new Eco version of this popular prop is made in the USA from 100% recycled materials. It also has a ribbed interior for better grip. Wheels are a great addition to a home practice, giving you a way to warm up and stretch your back. For more ways to use your wheel, check out their Instagram.

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Tiny Devotions Mala Beads

Tiny Devotions Mala beads
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These lovely mala beads are made from traditional rudraksha seeds and semi-precious stones by Tiny Devotions. The Bloom Mala, left, is a real stunner with its faceted teardrop howlite stone and accenting rose gold-dipped rudrakshas. Designs are updated frequently, so check their site to see what's current.

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Liforme Yoga Mat

Liforme Green Yoga Mat
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Give the yoga mat with the cult following. The combination of a great surface and the unique alignment markings make practicing on this mat a pleasure. The flexible design makes this mat a boon for both beginners and more advanced yoga practitioners. 

This year, Liforme also introduces the Evolve Mat with a pared down alignment graphic for practitioners who want a simpler look. 

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BuddhiBox Subscription

BuddhiBox Yoga Subscription Box
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You're probably aware of the subscription box trend. You can get monthly boxes of everything from beer to beauty products. BuddhiBox does the same thing for yoga with a charitable twist (what could be more yoga, right?). Its super fun to get a box of mysterious goodies each month. Previous boxes have included things like jewelry, tea, socks, chocolate, and nail polish, all ethically sourced, of course. Then to take it one step further, the company makes a donation to a different non-profit each month. One to twelve-month subscriptions are available.

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Bhoga Infinity Blocks

Bhoga Infinity Block
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Yoga blocks are a most useful prop already, but this ingenious ergonomic design takes them to a whole 'nother level. The combination of rounded and curved sides plus the opening in the middle make these incredibly versatile props. Even if all you do is lie over them for a restorative moment, your money will be well spent. Plus they are sculptural and attractive to look at. 

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Aerial Essentials Yoga Hammock

Aerial Essentials Yoga Hammock
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Can you do aerial yoga at home? Why not? All you need is a yoga hammock and a trustworthy ceiling beam. Aerial Essentials can get you set up with the former, which come in 11 colors with sturdy hardware. See your local carpenter for help with installation.

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Katasana Yoga Leggings

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Get major points for being bang on trend by giving these amazing shiny leggings to your favorite yogi. Designed by yoga teacher Kat Schamens to manifest your inner sparkle and made in New York City.

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Chocoveda Truffles

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Who wouldn't enjoy a box of seven chakra-inspired Chocoveda organic, vegan, dark chocolate truffles? Flavors include tangerine, ginger lemongrass, green tea, and pomegranate. Relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia (courtesy of special Ayurvedic ingredients) while you enjoy delicious chocolate? Yes, please.

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Blooming Lotus Necklace

Blooming Lotus Silver Necklace
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A lovely, subtle sterling silver and iolite necklace from Blooming Lotus. The lotus, which produces its magnificent flower from muddy roots, is a perfect reminder that beauty can arise from any circumstance.

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Three Minute Egg Yoga Block

Junior and Original Three Minute Eggs Yoga Blocks
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Do you know anyone who sits at a computer for long hours or spends a lot of time driving a car? Give this person a Three Minute Egg and they will love you for life. Lying with this ergonomically designed yoga block between your shoulder blades at the end of the day is the perfect antidote to modern life. It's now available in several sizes and a 100% biodegradable eco model.

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