Just when you’ve gotten into a regular routine of exercising outdoors, hiking, bike riding, swimming, and going for long walks, the weather turns cool and turns us back inside the home, at least in my case. I find I need variety to keep myself motivated and inspired. Gaiam Canada is a one-stop fitness and wellness site that offers a diverse selection of exercise DVDs and accessories. They’re always on top of the fitness scene and have the edge on getting us into the best shape ever.
Here’s a selection of some of their awesome products that are perfect for indoor motion and movement. It’s extremely popular and Gaiam carries many DVDs on this form of exercise. I think we can all agree that having a flat stomach, a perfect lower body would be an ultimate goal. The DVD Yoga for Belly, Butt & Thigh is going to get you there.
If you’re relatively inexperienced and new to yoga like me, then you’ll enjoy this slow-paced and delightfully relaxing DVD. Chrissy is gentle, pleasant, and makes the whole experience seem effortless. There are four practices each dealing with a specific target area, belly, thighs, butt, and core. She offers several options for all different skill levels. I love the serene music, it’s soothing and peaceful. It’s a must-have for the many cool months ahead.
No yoga program is complete without a yoga mat. Gaiam’s Forever Pink Yoga Mat is one of the prettiest mats I’ve seen. It’s a comfortable, gorgeous pink mat that has a unique tranquil print on it. It’s an exclusive Gaiam design for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This lovely mat offers 3 mm of cushioning and protection from hard surfaces. It’s textured, sturdy, lightweight, and nonslip. What I really appreciate is that this mat is free of the toxic and harmful phthalates (chemical plasticizers) considered to be endocrine-disrupting chemicals. This feature alone sold me, I wouldn’t consider using other toxic mats.
Gaiam carries the whole gamut of yoga accessories, like the Yoga Block, 9″ L x 6″W x 4″H. These solid and durable blocks help us get into the correct alignment so we’re performing each move or pose correctly. I really liked using this product. I’m not able to get into full stretches yet, so having this block is so supportive and allows me to work at my own level. They’re made from a durable nonslip foam so you can confidently lean on them. They’re almost weightless, yet are able to bear the burden of our body weight, they’re fabulous. It’s such a useful and practical tool and has been invaluable in helping me with my yoga practice.
Another accessory is the Yoga Strap. A yoga strap is an awesome tool to use during your yoga practice to help you achieve poses that may be a bit out of our reach. It will help us to deepen our stretches, increase our flexibility, and hold our stretches longer. The strap is 6 feet long, made from 100% cotton, and comes in four colors. It’s strong and durable and importantly, the buckle is secure so it won’t slip loose when in use.
With all these helpful tools, doing yoga indoors during the winter months is going to be a harmonious and positive experience. Check out Gaiam’s site and see what other products resonate with you.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.