En route to a tour stop in Washington, D.C., Live Be Yoga Tour Ambassador Taylor O'Sullivan opens up her yoga bag and shares the contents with us, from mala beads to a Sacral Chakra-balancing stone.
1. Mala beads
I bought my mala beads (pictured below) in Ubud, Bali, several years ago. These beads are made from Rudraksha seeds, which come from the Rudraksha tree. In Sanskrit, Rudraksha comes from Rudra (Shiva) and akṣa (teardrops). It is written that Shiva meditated for years on the welfare of all living things. When he opened his eyes, tears dropped to the ground, giving origin to Rudraksha trees. I use my mala beads to aid my concentration during meditation (I also love the U.S.A.-made mala beads from Hamsa & Harmony). I also wear my beads regularly while traveling, as they are said to maintain one's personal energy during irregular sleeping and eating patterns.
2. JadeYoga Harmony Mat
I’ve never felt a yoga mat grip like a JadeYoga Harmony Mat! Not only do they not slip during practice, but they are eco-friendly and charitable. JadeYoga plants a tree for every yoga mat they sell, and they’ve planted over 1 million! If you purchase a teal-colored mat (like the one I have), Jade will donate $5 toward ovarian cancer causes. Great mats for a good cause!
3. YogaRat Yoga Towel
I love to practice a heated Vinyasa flow, so I’m usually dripping beads of sweat like crazy during class. My YogaRat Yoga Towel keeps me from sliding around when my hands get sweaty. The microfiber material absorbs sweat and stays put, so I’m not slipping in Downward-Facing Dog. I also like that the towel protects my yoga mat, keeping it clean and fresh all the time.
4. Carnelian Stone
I recently received Reiki while in India and learned that my Sacral Chakra, which is linked to creativity and passion, was out of sorts. The Sacral Chakra supports our inner balance, our emotional connection with the world, and our relationships with others. In an effort to balance out my Sacral Chakra, I began carrying around a small Carnelian Stone in my bag and using it as a tool during my meditation practice. I bought my stone (pictured below) at the Chopra Center in San Diego, Calif. You can find similar ones here.
5. CamelBak Insulated Bottle
I never leave home without my CamelBak Chute Vacuum Insulated 40 oz Bottle. It’s sweat-proof, durable, and lightweight, but its greatest feature is its insulation. This bottle can literally keep my water cold for 24-48 hours, even in a hot yoga class. It’s insane! As someone who drinks 100+ fluid ounces of water daily, this is the only bottle I rely on. (Editor's note: JadeYoga and CamelBak are sponsors of the Live Be Yoga tour.)
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