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Gear & Props

These Small Businesses Are Making Waves in the Yoga Space

Here's to shopping small—and making a difference by doing so.

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Sure, you’re familiar with the larger brands associated with your day-to-day yoga products. However, you may not be as well-versed in the small businesses crafting equally high-quality goods.

When you want to shop small—and make a difference in the community and environment by doing so—these brands are great sources for mats, journals, candles, mat cleaners, and much more. In addition to creating top-notch products, these companies support workplace diversity efforts.

Here are some of our favorite products from small yet impactful brands.

Spoken Flames | I Can. I Will. I Did. Candle

The hand-poured intention candles created by this Black woman-owned company offer a multisensory experience: They’re scented with essential oils, contain a golden glimmer to hold your attention, and include an audible affirmation or poem brought to life by augmented reality. $34,

Scoria | Blossom Cork Yoga Mat

Led by a millennial yoga teacher, this company brings playful designs to sustainable living. We’re partial to the Blossom Cork Yoga Mat with its floral pattern and natural tree-rubber base. Its ultra-grip is activated with a spritz of water—or your own sweat. $102,

Me-est Me | Journal

Instead of feeling overwhelmed by endless blank pages, find inspiration through thoughtful prompts and action items in this 88-page journal. Produced by an LGBTQ-owned business, the journal also, of course, features ample space for self-directed reflection to help you reconnect with yourself. $26,

Dr. Brite | Calming Yoga Mat Cleaner

Dr. Brite was founded by two sisters—one a surgical oncologist, the other a dentist—in their search for effective, all-natural cleaners. Free of toxic chemicals or hormone disruptors, this mat spray’s soothing lavender scent will keep your practice space pristine, peaceful, and toxin-free. $45,

Ethel Studio | Relief Pillow

This woman-founded company transforms scraps of fabric into fashionable products through its zero-waste process. The aptly named Relief Pillow, which is weighted and comes in five designs, can be used as a heating pad, cold compress, knee cushion, or support pillow for restorative poses. $48,

Lukafit | Squat-Proof Leggings

Designed with curvy women in mind, this activewear line from a Black woman-owned company banishes unwanted sagging or slippage from your practice. We appreciate the patterns—which feature women of all shapes doing yoga—as much as the adjustable waistbands. $64,