Choose from a Kate Spade wardrobe, non-slip shoes and more, with our pick of yoga essentials
Let this International Day of Yoga (June 21) be a reason to shake things up a bit. Be it on-trend togs or smart tech to improve your form, we have something to help you get out of your comfort zone.
Now you don’t need to go to a studio to perfect your yoga form. SmartMat, touted to be the world’s intelligent yoga mat, will help you do it. Once you calibrate the mat with a series of prescribed movements, it will hook up to an app to tell you (very Siri like) when you are out of alignment. Initiated as an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, the mat is now available for pre-order. Rs 33,435 approx. Details: indiegogo.com
With more people wanting to defy gravity when they do their asanas, we bring you one of the best hammock kits to get you started. Made with material that can hold up to 908 kg, the Harrison AntiGravity Hammock kit comes with carabiners, choke loops, daisy chains and hooks (to hang it from the ceiling), along with an aerial yoga instructional DVD and hammock assembly guide. Rs 16,755 approx. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
When yoga prescribes a natural lifestyle, why turn to synthetic fabrics for the clothing? That’s what got Proyog’s founders (Malika Baruah, Dev Banerjee and two friends) to start their yoga wear label. Made with Hyperbreath fabric (cotton and modal), it promises organic designs with 20 per cent more stretch. Pick up racer-back tanks, dhoti shorts and more. Rs 499 onwards. Details: proyog.com
Yoga is a shoe-free activity, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear these innovative footwear from In Studi-Om in class. Made with
anti-microbial and moisture-wicking material, the shoes come with silicone grips on the bottom to improve traction and balance. The lycra in the forefoot also allows the toes to stretch naturally.
Rs 3,365 approx. Details: ahnu.com
In this limited-edition athleisure collection by Kate Spade (in collaboration with LA’s Beyond Yoga), the designer brings together her love for feminine details—from bows to her signature black-and-cream stripes—with the sleek lines of yoga apparel. While you can choose from capris, bow tank tops and peplum skirts, we love this playful jacket with a bow. Though it can be a tad distracting, ignore that for some classroom style. Rs 12,045 approx. Details: beyondyoga.co
Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar