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Practice outdoors in New York City’s Bryant Park this summer, with Stephanie Eris and other famous instructors curated by Yoga Journal.
Exhale’s national yoga director reveals her top must-haves, from her morning smoothie to her nerdy podcast.
Juice Press Vital Force
Eris’ go-to breakfast smoothie by Juice Press is made with homemade almond milk, banana, pineapple, filtered water, soaked cashews, lime, dates, maca, probiotics, and sea salt. “It’s super satisfying, but light enough for me to practice and teach,” she says. “The probiotics help in the digestion and absorption of nutrients.”
Aveda Chakra 5 Mist
Aveda Chakra 5 Mist is a mixture of essences of organic grapefruit, rosemary, and ylang ylang. Eris uses the unique scent to assist her students during savasana or Thai massages. “It’s grounding yet inspiring, crafted to stimulate the throat chakra, which governs expression and communication,” she says.
Soma System Double Trackers
Soma System double trackers help Eris roll out tension that accumulates along the spine, from the sacrum up to the base of the skull. “Massage and self-care are essential,” she says. “These tools make it easy to take care of yourself without having to shell out serious cash for a real massage.”
Silver and Sage Tiger’s Eye Mala
“My tiger’s eye mala beads by Silver and Sage rarely leave my wrist,” Eris says. She uses them as a meditation tool in her morning practice, then wears them throughout the day, to keep her intention clear in mind.
Mama Kuka Yogasphere Yoga Strap Loops
Yogasphere yoga strap loops by Mama Kuka make all poses within reach for yogis at every level. “These strap loops help me work into deep poses like full Bow Pose, where you reach for your feet overhead instead of reaching back behind you,” she says. “You get all of the benefits of using a traditional strap, minus the bulky extra material and buckle digging into your skin.”
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Spiritual Gangster Tanks
Spiritual Gangster tanks are soft, comfortable, and lightweight, making them Eris’ favorite tops to wear when practicing. “I like to carry an extra tank with me so I can change between classes, if necessary,” Eris says. “I’m loving their new lightweight rib high-neck tank!”
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iPhone Podcast App
“I’m a huge history and politics nerd, so the podcast app on my iPhone is key, as I bop around the city from studio to studio,” Eris says. Her favorite podcasts are Dan Carlin‘s “Hardcore History” and “The Majority Report” with Sam Sedar. “Yes, I’m a yogi who loves to learn about the fall of the Roman republic and the tribes of the Eurasian Steppe, and how these peoples and civilizations shaped the world we live in today.”