PlankTip of the Week: Use Yoga Therapy Balls for Tight/Sore Muscles

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It's true, as Yogis we often push ourselves to the limits both physically and mentally, which sometimes leads to tight and achy muscles. The best cure we've found is incorporating regular usage of Yoga Therapy Balls into our weekly Yoga Practice. A deep roll before class will open and melt the fascia around hands and feet, allowing for a deeper body to mat connection and more solid foundations in your practice. And, after reading Why Fascia Matters To Athletes you’ll understand why Yoga Therapy Balls are a must-have for any serious Yogi or athlete.

If you're new to Yoga Therapy Balls, we recommend trying Jill Miller's Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball System, which provides targeted self-massage trigger point therapy for tight Yogis by using specially designed high grip rubber balls. She also sells some helpful DVD's demonstrating how to use the Therapy Balls properly.

If you are more familiar with how to use Yoga Therapy Balls, a cheaper alternative purchasing Lacrosse Balls or Pinky High Bounce balls – both do roughly the same thing. These also make a great, inexpensive gift for your favorite Yogi!

Happy Rolling Yogis! 

Top Holiday Gifts for Curious Yogis

Top Holiday Gifts for Curious Yogis

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Searching for the Perfect Gift for your Favorite Yogi? Look no further, we've polled our friends and ambassadors and have come up with our Top Holiday Gifts for Curious Yogis. We recommend purchasing early for a stress-less Holiday Season.

1) Plank Yoga Mats – a no brainer! Pick up one of our patented Connect Yoga Mats® for your favorite Yogi. We promise it will help them to discover deeper connections in their yoga practice, both on and off the mat. Not to mention they are pretty awesome to look at and make a great conversation piece. Snag one now for 20% OFF through 11/30. See below for details.

2) Yoga Therapy Balls – Jill Miller's Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball System provides targeted self-massage trigger point therapy for tight Yogis by using specially designed high grip rubber balls. We at Plank LOVE these and integrate them into our weekly yoga practice. A deep roll before class will open and melt the fascia around hands and feet, allowing for a deeper body to mat connection and more solid foundations. After reading Why Fascia Matters To Athletes you’ll understand why Yoga Therapy Balls are a must-have for any serious Yogi or athlete.

3) Class Passes or Gift Certificates to your Yogis' Favorite Studio – We know that taking a lot of Yoga Classes can certainly add up, so giving your favorite Yogi a Class Card or Gift Certificate to their favorite studio is always super appreciated, plus it's great to support our local small businesses and studios. You could also purchase a membership to YogaGlo (or any online yoga site) for yogis with limited access to a studio or those who are short on time.

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4) Yoga Mat Bags – We pride ourselves as one of the front running brands to create simple and well-crafted yoga mat bags without the noise of typical yoga imagery (note: if you’re looking for Om signs and lotus leaf imagery, you’ve come to the wrong page). Besides Plank’s Totes and Messenger Bags, here are some of our favorite simply styling yoga mat bags that also make great Holiday Gifts:

· Zobha Essential Mat Carrier for $56 
· Manduka’s Go Ready Yoga Tote for $90 
· Urbanha Leather Yoga Mat Strap for $35

5) China Gel – For the always achy Yogi, this natural, unique herbal formula is just what the doctor ordered for sore muscles. Pick one up in a travel size tube or a larger tub. A great stocking stuffer!