FeetUp! is more than an inversion tool (plus a coupon code)

I’ve had my eyes on the FeetUp Trainer for years. It was one of the first props I noticed when I started posting yoga poses on Instagram. As I made a promise to reignite my passion for yoga throughout 2020, I realized I had only been practicing yoga for my health and appearance in 2018 and eventually in 2019 only to lessen pain from a dramatic Lupus flare. I didn’t practice yoga to have fun anymore. My goals weren’t to try new poses and explore my body. Part of me didn’t want to practice at all.

I started 2020 with fun poses, I went through my old collect of Yoga Journal Magazine and ripped out all the sequence pages. I searched for creative flows on the internet and within a week I was inspired enough to use my YTT to have fun and create fun flows for myself. I eventually picked up my 2100 Asanas book and tried whatever poses happened to be opened on the page.

Then I received my FeetUp Trainer in mid January and my mind started swirling. I had all these tools to create some amazing yoga magic and the results were a wonderful mix between hysterical and astonishing. The whole family jumped in to play, another thing I realized I lost when I started YTT and my quest to be the perfect yogi with picture perfect health.

A few things about the FeetUp Trainer (use code feetup8393 for a discount!):

It is made with vegan leather and recycled padding. The frame is made out of beech wood and it comes with protective rubber feet. For every FeetUp Trainer sold a tree is planted with Trees for the Future. The focus on being ethical and eco-friendly.

The FeetUp Trainer comes in a relatively small box and I was really impressed that they didn’t overuse materials to ship, which furthered their importance and focus on being eco-friendly for me. It took me about ten minutes to put the entire product together and I only used what they supplied (no other tools were needed). The instructions include photos and are very clear and concise. It also come with a fun poster full of different ways to use the FeetUp Trainer!

A guide to the first inversion:

Start slowly. Use your prop against the wall. Find a comfortable grip, relax your neck in the cushion. Start with one foot off the ground at a time.

Once you’re comfortable, you can start to use your imagination and come up with creative ways to use your FeetUp Trainer!

My overall opinion about this tool for yoga: FeetUp Trainer has definitely lived up to my expections. The company has high business morals and a wonderful team! It is easy to put together, makes my shoulders feel great and adds accessibility to postures I can’t always perform. It also opens a wide range of new postures and brings a lot of fun back into the practice! I also find this to be the most fun way to do core work, which is often tedious and boring for me to practice.

Disclaimers: The FeetUp Trainer is an exercise prop that should be practiced with carefully. It is not recommended for children under 12 years old (always supervise your children) or for pets to play on. The maximum weight for health reasons while inverted is 250 pounds. It is not meant to be used by more than one person at a time. The FeetUp Trainer should only be used by those with the physical, mental/sensorial, experience and knowledge to practice safely. Do not use this tool while under the influence of any mind altering substances that impair judgement and motor coordination. Do not lean sideways as it is not built to be safe for side to side weight movement. Using this prop in other ways than described is at the users risk and FeetUp Trainer cannot be held responsible for any consequences of not following the manual. While this is not a paid sponsorship, I was given the FeetUp Trainer to try for free. The FeetUp Trainerin the photos has been refinished to match my home furniture by myself personally and was originally a natural beechwood color.

FeetUp Trainers come in either a dark wood or light wood option with a few different cushion colors! Check them out on their site by clicking here or the photo below (use code feetup8393 for a discount!):

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The FeetUp Trainer comes in a variety of styles. Prices shown are valid as of 02/01/2020 and may not be valid after that time.

Treat Yo Self to some Love this Valentine’s Day (and a giveaway!)

We live in a world where self-love is radical and unexpected because generations before us were taught to be selfless, devoted and needing of nothing. We are working on changing that because affection and love are essential to life and it all begins with ourselves and our own bodies. Our bodies are why we exist, they keep us functioning through work and enjoyment. With our body we can sing, laugh, play and create. The possibilities of what we can do are endless as long as we use our imagination. So why not take care of your body this year, take it out on a date and show it all the love it deserves! You are your best valentine.

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The epitome of self love and self care is easily found in Ajna Wellbeing. I am not only in love with their products but the brand and everyone who makes up this wonderful company. They are committed to creating products that are healthy to use without anything toxic in them, this way we can feel good about using them and enjoy the amazing results of their products. They’re giving away one of their products this month on Instagram through the #crackyourheartsopen Valentine’s Day Challenge!

Ajna Wellbeing offers mindful tools that will help you live a happier, healthier life. I’ll tell you a little about my favorite products for the season of love so you can give yourself a little self-care and skip the hinting or hoping for a valentine.

  1. Ajna Wellbeing offers natural jute yoga mats that are not only healthy for Earth but free from toxic chemicals that most mats are riddled with and can affect our health. This mat is such a joy to use and is comfortable. You can easily use a yoga towel if practicing any hot yoga or extremely sweaty practice. The mat comes with a yoga strap that is super minimalistic and doubles as a strap for practice!
  2. With their mission to bring mindfulness to everyone, they also offer the most velvety meditation cushion. The Ajna Wellbeing Meditation Cushions has a carrying handle sewn in that has lasted over a year of use for me (with two small children who use all of my stuff). It also comes in a velvety bag that I use on the go and to protect my cushion when I can’t use it. The outer cover is machine washable, either way so you never have to worry about a dirty cushion. It’s filled with lavender and buckwheat which helps instill that calmness we seek when we practice our meditations.
  3. Their newest addition is their Yoga Bolster which is filled with recycled foam and boasts being sturdy enough to support your practice yet light enough to bring anywhere with you! It also has a convenient handle sewn in as well. This is the only product of theirs I haven’t tried personally but I have heard so many amazing things about it on Instagram.
  4. The Ajnamat which is hands down the best product I have ever been fortunate enough to get my hands on. Before Ajnamat there was only one health-friendly acupressure on the market and it was priced for only the wealthy class to afford. Ajnamat started their business to make eco-friendly and nontoxic products available to everyone and they’ve done just that with the best acupressure mat on the market. It is built to last and supports health and well-being. I use mine in the morning or when I’m feeling sluggish by standing on it with bare feet. Then I rest my bare back and shoulders on it at night before bed to release any tension and pressure that built up throughout the day. I’m learning to incorporate this mat into my practice by finding ways it will support tension release of muscles (especially in yin yoga). This product is perfect for anyone, you don’t need to be a yogi to enjoy the benefits of acupressure in your home.
  5. The Ajnamat Pillow is the perfect compliment to the Ajnamat and easily multiplies the benefits. Not only are they great to use together but the Ajnamat Pillows small size and puffed up height make it perfect to release the neck and scalp, the back of the legs or target certain areas of the back (like the lower back). It’s also light enough to bring traveling and use on flights or in long car rides. I love both my Eco Light set and Eco Luxe set. My Eco Lite pillow is filled with cotton like a regular pillow while the Eco Luxe pillow I have is filled with buckwheat.
  6. The acupressure sets offered are Eco Luxe and Eco Lite, Eco Lite was created for easier/light travel and slightly less pressure for anyone more sensitive or new to acupressure. They both have the same standards of quality, ensuring eco-friendly materials and a fully health-friendly product.

You have the opportunity to win an AJNA WELLBEING product!! Follow me on Instagram and join my challenge for a chance to win! Leave me a comment below if you’re deciding to join and let me know what you’re interested in winning!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I received products for free during an Instagram Yoga Challenge and absolutely love them. The products being free have no impact on my opinion or choice to create a blog post about them. I only write about what I love or what concerns me!

Stop Throwing Away Food! Recycle it with the FoodCycler

I’m on an endless mission to make my home not only as nontoxic as possible but also eco-friendly. I’m one of those people that believe every person can make a difference and every action means something towards a larger impact. If I can raise my kids to be aware of what they use and extra mindful toward what is healthy for the earth then I’ve already made a larger impact as they try to teach their friends and cement this importance into their own futures. We have learned how to minimize our buying things, recycle everything, clean up the ground on our walks, eat healthier and better for our environment, buy products that our good for our bodies and have a smaller impact in the world, grow some of our own food, walk to places rather than drive, use reusable rather than single use, limit plastic… I think you’re getting the idea here.

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One of my larger area of concerns last year was food waste. With two young children, the waste can add up. Especially during times of illness where they so desperately want to eat but end up wasting a lot of food. I’ve always wished I could start composting since my daughter and I learned all about it on a field trip. I rent and can’t use the yard for composting, nor is there enough space. Natural composting takes up some space, needs taking care of and obviously attracts bugs (which help the process). This is where the FoodCycler comes in! Check out all these great reasons to try indoor composting by clicking here.

FoodCycler is a counter top food-recycling machine. I was so excited when I searched online for something I didn’t even know already existed and found the FoodCycler. I not only can put the food my kids didn’t eat in it, but I can recycle food waste that we don’t eat, like eggshells, apple cores (unless my husband eats it) and food that went bad before we could eat it. All of this is now recycled into fertilizer I can mix with soil to do indoor and outdoor gardening. It doesn’t sound like much, these food compost naturally anyway right? The impact recycling these previously wasted foods have on the environment is monumental. Food waste makes up 20% of landfill volume and weight. That’s 20% and all the resources it used to get there that we could be reusing in our own gardens, yards and potted plants.

I’ve been using FoodCycler for about a month now. I’m more aware of how we eat because of what can go in it. If it can’t go in the soil, it probably shouldn’t go in our bodies and I’ve cut down on processed snacks a lot because of this. Mostly, my FoodCycler gets avocado skins, lemon peels, paper cotton swabs, paper towels, hair from brushes and the vacuum, apple cores, banana peels and egg shells. Any time we cook, any small part that would go in the trash now easily goes in the FoodCycler. We made a salad and the stump of the lettuce and the onion skin and ends of cucumbers and such all filled the FoodCycler and when I empty it the next morning it feels so good to see all that unused food ready to get mixed with my soil and feed my plants. To hear how the professionals explain exactly what the FoodCycler does and how it does it, click here!

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It’s that easy to use too. You collect everything in the dishwasher safe bucket and slide it in to the machine, twist the lid on to lock and press the “ON” button twice and it’ll light up as it starts working. It’s relatively quick as well, doing in a few hours what takes months outdoors. After it’s finished it shuts off, you let the “foodilizer” cool and then you dump it out. I put mine in a bin with soil I’ve mixed up for spring. After just four weeks it’ll be full of all the nutrients and healthy bacteria to have plants growing at a faster and more abundant rate!

To check the FoodCycler out yourself, click here and grab your own!

Disclaimer: Product must be used as stated within the user manual. Read the manual fully before using the FoodCycler. This is not a paid sponsorship. All opinions are my own and any information used comes from the FoodCycler. I was given this product free to try and give my opinions on.

Book of the Year!

Every year I find one really good inspiring book that sets the tone for the next twelve months. This year a book fell in to my lap and within three chapters, completely opened my mind.

What does everyone want more than anything? To be happy!! Radically Happy by Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon is such a down-to-earth book that takes knowledge and wisdom and teaches it through relatable experiences from a business CEO and a Master Meditation Teacher. What makes this book so good is how easily digestible the lessons are and how funny their personal stories can be.

Each chapter is pretty short, around 15 pages, so it easy to digest and read for people with limited time.

Each chapter contains a little practice you can do outside the book and make these lessons part of your daily life and eventually effortless.

What’s hidden throughout the book are the Yoga Sutras written in modern language and without any pressure or stiffness. Having a history in studying Sutras is NOT necessary for this book and I would actually recommend reading Radically Happy before the Sutras. It is a foolproof way to understand the basics of life! Which is what the Sutras are, a guidebook on living.

To the point: Radically Happy gives you the tools to filter out all the thoughts that are counterproductive to our happiness by creating anxiety and feelings of loss.

Pros: This isn’t a book solely written by a teacher with a long lineage of ancient studies, it is combined with a modern CEO, science and ancient lessons that give a fully rounded education in being “happy”.

It also has mini lessons each chapter to incorporate behavioral practices that encourage satisfaction, groundedness and confidence.

This is such a creative and inspiring book to read this January! Check it out on Shambhala here and tell me in the comments what you think of it!

Breaking up with Resolutions

By now you’ve already questioned your resolutions and if you’re like me even slipped up on a few.

Resolutions are a guaranteed way to set yourself up for failure. Traditionally, resolutions are a set of goals that are unrealistic. Here are some of my tips to help you navigate realistic and long lasting goals for the year (and possibly healthy changes for your lifestyle).

1. First think about the different aspects of life. I applied a goal to Financial, Educational, Wellbeing/Health, Creativity, and Relationships. These are areas of my life that need work and are important to me. Your areas may be different, may include Career, Parenting, Free Time or so on. Individual goals should be just that, individual! Write these down in a journal or planner with space to write your goals for each.

2. Make your goals clear, concise and achievable. Be realistic and set yourself up for success. Instead of writing “save money” in my financial column I gave myself a specific goal “do not buy plants this year and care for the ones you have”. This is specific to me and a result of spending my money on something instead of saving. With this one I plan to use the money saved on not buying nonsense each month to pay off everything I bought for the holidays. Which leads to our next tip:

3. Each goal has a positive result. This is your motivation to stick with it! In Wellbeing I wrote to practice yoga a little everyday (5 minutes to 1 hour) and then I write why I’m doing it, less pain, more flexibility and strength and a calmer mind. Writing the positive effects you’ll get from it will keep you motivated in times when you start to talk yourself out of it.

4. Healthy habits start slowly. Make a plan to spend only a minimal time on each, I set mine for painting each day at 5 minutes. I gave myself a month to a read a book. Though I’ve spent more than 5 minutes each day on these, some days are harder than others and instead of skipping, having a low time expectancy is achievable. It doesn’t feel like failing when I only read for 5 minutes yesterday and then fell asleep, I still completed a goal for the day and can do more when I have more in me.

5. Have goals that will work together. One of my goals is to spend less time mindlessly on my phone, either scrolling or playing games. So I set time limits for each of those at one hour. It turns out that I have been spending my free time on my other goals and rarely hit my time limit anyway. Everything feels in balance and cohesive and my day feels a little more important by the time I rest my head down.

6. You can make some personal goals about your behavior that you want to change. I was to take one breath before responding to people. Especially at home. If I remind myself “BREATHE” I often don’t respond as negatively as I would have if I responded habitually. These changes take time so remind yourself you have an entire year to create this new habit (although it usually only takes 6 weeks)!

7. Some goals may not lend easy to seeing tangible results so I try to have at least one that I can look at everyday and see my accomplishments. My yoga practice may not give me physical results (and if it does it will take some time) but my creating practice will have some result everyday, whether a handmade bracelet, a pencil drawing or a painting that I can reflect on at the end of the day. This one is for our ego, it keeps us motivated in our longterm goals when we have daily short term ones.

The most important part of making goals is getting closer to a life you love. By having daily and longterm goals we consistently work on our habits and evolve our personalities. We continuously practice mindfulness and teach our brains to live in the present moment and focus which helps reduce anxiety and depression. So make sure that when you’re practicing your goals you’re remembering why you’re doing it. Try to have fun with it and the process will be effortless!

It’s never too early to think of the holidays

If you’re like me you’ve been mentally planning the holiday season since August. Stockpiling gift ideas and craft ideas for handmade sentiment. It wasn’t until this year that I noticed the trend in hobbies so similar to mine. The more I talk to people in various communities I enjoy I realize most of us enjoy the same hobbies!

For this year I’ll give my favorite ideas for various personalities.. the health freak, yogi, nature lover, reader, artist, and rare plant collector! I’ll give DIY gift ideas as well as different price ranges.

Make sure you subscribe for emails as I’ll be sharing each hobby in a separate post and will finish them out with MASSIVE giveaways on Instagram on both my yoga account and plant account!

What are you wishes for the holidays? Let me know in the comments!

The Plant Habit

As my indoor garden grows and my insatiable desire to learn everything I can about tropical plants explodes, I’ve learned so much about the community.

Here are my best tips for navigating the indoor gardening hobby (and obsession) and what I learned from my biggest mistakes.

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1. Buy mindfully. This is my absolute biggest mistake when I started and I’ve seen all my friends go through the same pitfalls. We crave having the pinterest home and the Instagram worthy shots and so we grab every plant we see and quickly get bored with them. I picked up so many plants because “it’s just $5” only to find myself giving it away in a few months. See what plants you’re really drawn to and it’s okay to come home empty handed. Sometimes just checking out the plants is a good enough journey. Hobbies can become burdens, especially with living things.

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2. Only buy from reputable sellers. I’ve had some huge scores with plant deals on Facebook but considering the amount that didn’t survive because of packaging inexperience, I didn’t really get much of a deal. I’ve bought from new plant shops because they’re prices were so low and unfortunately I paid for the seller to gain experience. Only take a chance on sellers if you’re okay with throwing that money away, otherwise do your research first if you can’t afford to risk it. I also use PayPal whenever  buy so that I at least have someone to dispute with if my order doesn’t show or comes dead and the seller won’t fix the issues.

3. Have a plan. Plants can easily turn into clutter and mess if you don’t have a clear image of the way you want them to look in your home. I don’t personally consider plants a decoration but I do need them to add to the aesthetics of my home rather than create a space people don’t feel welcome.

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4. Trends get cheaper. I’ve definitely made the mistake of jumping on the new plant trend bandwagon more than once only to find that within a season these same plants were now being sold at big box stores across the country.

5. Shop around before buying. I buy most of my plants from small businesses or private sellers online. Even the big box stores rarely have something I’m looking for and in my state nurseries and garden centers specialize in outdoor gardening and the houseplant sections usually consists of spider plants and pothos. I always check online to see if the price I’m getting is appropriate as well as shipping prices.

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6. Preorder before spring. I ordered over 20 “rare” or specialty plants in winter as preorders. I waited up to 6 months for some orders but the prices were pennies and the plants came beautifully. As long as the seller is communicating with you and you know them well enough, the longer you have to wait, the more established the plant usually is. And if you can’t preorder…

7. Buy in season. One winter my best friend and I wasted a lot of money on plants that obviously weren’t going to do well if they even survived the winter journey and dry indoors during their dormancy.

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8. Prepare before you buy. Make sure you have soil, pottery, pest control, a water meter and common gardening tools to care for your plants. Also, read up on the needs of different plants so you can care for them properly.

9. Be a part of the community. Having online resources not only taught me so much about indoor gardening but deepened my love for the hobby. I enjoy the people in the community as we swap plants and stories! You plant what you sow, so try to give as much to the community as you get from it.

10. Don’t give up! I’ve had many plants that looked all but dead only sprout back up in the spring or propagation sit for 8 months and suddenly sprout tons of roots. Just keep checking to make sure nothing is rotted and the environment is right for growth.

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There’s obviously so much to learn but you just have to dip your toes in and get used to the water first. What are your best tips for the new indoor gardener? Share them in the comments below! Feel free to chat with me on Instagram about plants, yoga, healthy living or just life in general 😊 @theplantishlife

You can grow Citrus in your home

After all the tropicals in my home I began thinking, is it possible to grow a citrus tree indoors in the Northeast climate?

I reached out to ViaCitrus to test my theory. There are a few reasons why I picked them versus other online citrus stores and even nurseries and big box stores near me.

The first reason is, their citrus trees are a fruiting age. Many places sell small trees that need at least a couple years to mature before fruiting. Knowing this, I felt my chances were best with a tree already mature enough to fruit and strong enough to handle the new enviroment.

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The second reason is ViaCitrus customer service. They truly love their customers and their trees and this makes the entire process such a joy. After having my Calamondin tree for a bit and eating two fruits right off the tree, I went ahead and purchased a Meyer Lemon tree for my mother for Mother’s Day!

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Interested in growing your own citrus tree? Here are some tips I’ve collected to be successful.

1. Only buy trees at least 2 years old. Anything less mature will struggle to produce fruit. Mature trees adapt more easily to indoor environments. Check out my unboxing video to see what you can expect from ViaCitrus.

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If you're looking for the perfect gift for a special mother in your life… I'M TELLING YOU THIS IS IT! My own mom saw this and told me how much she's always wanted a Meyer Lemon tree in her home to remind her of her childhood! Not to mention, this has been my children's absolute favorite plant in the house! It's already becoming part of their childhood. ViaCitrus not only has amazing reviews and customer service but their trees are already mature enough to be fruiting! This tree is a Calamondin Tree and we have eaten the ripe fruits off of it and they are magical! I cannot wait until I grab a Meyer Lemon tree and a Key Lime tree from them too! My tree sits in a southern facing window for direct sun and maximum sun exposure all day.

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2. Give your tree a big enough pot to grow in. The size of the pot will limit the trees growth so opt for something 15in or larger.

3. Use slightly acidic soil that is well draining. Some stores have citrus tree soil mixtures but they closely resemble cacti and succulent soil, a mixture of bark, peat moss, perlite, and organic soil. Adding some coffee grinds can also help the acidity of the soil.

When potting make sure to gently loosen the roots and soil so the roots more readily grow in it’s new pot.

4. Give your tree proper light! If you have a large southern window, this would be great. Fruiting trees need at least 8 hours of direct sun. Grow lights can help any lack of sun. You can also move your tree around to follow the sun during the day (if you’re home to do this).

5. Watering your tree is easy. Make sure it gets moist soil and allow about 2 inches of top soil to dry out before rewatering. I like to use terracotta pots to avoid any chances of rootrot.

6. Fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizer (according to packaging instructions). Also mist your plant with rainwater or distilled water if humidity is low in your home.

7. When the plant flowers, you can pollinate the flowers with a paintbrush and touching each flower like bees would! This will help grow larger fruits!

8. Fruits will feel soft rather than hard when ready to harvest. Gently twist them off or use pruning shears to cut them off. You can store them in the fridge or on the counter. If a stem is producing too many fruits, take some off to encourage the others to grow to their full potential.

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There’s plenty more if you want to go deeper into citrus growing but these basics will definitely get you through the season. Check out ViaCitrus for their easy to grow selections of key lime, calamondin and meyer lemon! If you order today, you might get it in time for Mother’s day !

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NSE Tropicals is the closest to a jungle you can get.

When I was struggling with Lupus this past fall and winter (and currently into spring)  I really focused on different therapies that could make being trapped indoors feel less.. well, trapped.

Of course my plant lust grew and I fell in love with Pinterest home jungles. Dozens of plants hanging from cathedral ceilings and entire floor to ceiling glass walls adorned with hundreds of pots, stands and shelves of exotic plants.

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When I need jungle plants to fill my home I spend hours searching online and the only place that has exotic philodendron and anthurium at an affordable price is NSE Tropicals.

Enid, the owner, puts an enormous amount of love into her greenhouse and jungle. She carefully wraps each plant (some which make her sad to send away!) And is always available for help to care for your new plants.

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Her Instagram is filled with videos and photos of what she’s growing and doing with her greenhouse and her stories keep us all updated on what’s available!

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My beauties from her all arrived happy and healthy! My son and I did a bunch of unboxing videos you can find on my IGTV and I’m always posting updates of my plants on my page.

I appreciate her love for her clients, she is very kind even when I send her obsessive emails about plants I’m searching for! I’m always holding my breath hoping to grab the next wishlist plants as they become available. Lucky for us, she has enough plants to keep all the plant addicts supplied!

 

10 Reasons Cork is Good for Your Yoga Practice

I have tried many products and always come back to cork for yoga. I prefer a cork mat, blocks and anything else I can get my hands on. I love the feel of cork but there are so many more amazing benefits besides it’s durability. Some facts you may have not know…

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1. Cork forms antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic compounds that may reduce the risk of heart and degenerative diseases (Furthermore, waste from the cork industry gives rise to composites which are used in vaccine adjuvants to enhance immune system response).

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2. It’s durable, unique and environmentally friendly. Plus, cork is a natural material, so it doesn’t off-gas like many other types of materials.IMG_20190403_090855_776

3. Light weight: Due to the fact that more than 50 % of the cell volume of a cork piece consists of air, cork is one of the lightest solid substances, with a specific gravity of .25.

4. A cubic inch of cork can withstand as great a pressure as 14,000 lbs. per square inch without breaking, and retains 90% of its original form after the pressure is released. Less or more normal pressure increase return to original form from 97% to 100%.

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5. Because heavy pressure does not break down or destroy the tiny air cells, but compresses the air within the cells, the cork begins to spring back when the pressure is removed. A roll or sheet of composition cork can be compressed in one direction without losing its dimensions in the other direction. This is of great importance for many applications of composition cork.

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6. While cork is not completely impervious to moisture penetration, its cellular structure gives it a high resistance to penetration by water which with the addition of the proper binder can be proofed.

7. Cork is a highly frictional material, both in its natural form as well as in cork composition. Even when wet or coated with oil or grease, cork retains this quality which surpasses that of leather, rubber, and many other products used for frictional or non-skid purposes.

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8.  Next to a vacuum, a “dead” air space minutely divides one of the most efficient non-conductors of heat. The cell construction of cork provides this property for which cork is so famous.9. Cork, with its 200 million air cells per cubic inch; of which 50% is air, essentially acts as an “air cushion”, absorbing vibrations and direct impacts.

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9. Cork is a tough, durable substance with remarkable capacity for retaining its initial properties wherever recommended. The high degree of stability under varying conditions is paramount to the continuing success and use of cork in the world today.

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10. 42 Birds makes eco-friendly yoga mats and accessories using cork from Spain and Portugal. The brand is driven by functionality, sustainability and natural beauty. They are looking to create the best performing yoga products that also look good in your home and in your practice. These products should be owned and enjoyed with the knowledge that they both come from and support nature’s eco system.