Sustainable Yoga Fashion: Yoga Democracy

It seems like every time I go on a social media platform, everyone is talking about one topic: sustainable fashion. The fashion industry is one of the worst industries in the world, so the popularity of clothing that is manufactured to make less of an impact on the environment, reduces carbon footprints and emphasizes ethical working conditions is the greatest fashion trend, in my opinion.

Here’s the problem. Sustainable fashion is typically expensive. I’m completely behind the concept of buying less and smart but $100 for a plain T-shirt? No thanks. It’s well and great for celebrities with endless checkbooks to promote expensive sustainable fashion but what about us on a budget who still want to shop ethically? It can’t be impossible, right?

I began doing some research and found, overshadowed by the big, well known sustainable brands, there are quite a few companies who make economically friendly, ethically responsible products. You just have to do a little digging to find them. Or you can take the easy way out and just keep checking back on my blog where I’ll be sharing my finds with you!

When I began looking into economically friendly, sustainable fashion, I began getting served ads for a company called Yoga Democracy. A company that makes, surprise, yoga clothing with the tagline, “made by free range humans”.

I went to the website and saw they had a “Goddess Collection”. What’s that you ask? Leggings inspired by inspiration women. I know, it’s like they were made just for me.

What inspiration woman did I get?

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Frida! One of my favorite artists and a truly kick-ass woman.

The leggings are a piece of art in and of themselves. They’re light-weight, sweat-wicking, elastic free and not see-through when you bend over.

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Even more importantly, they’re eco-friendly: almost all products are produced in house, 95% of products are produced using recycled fibers, they aim for low water impact and maintain a low carbon impact.

Yoga Democracy is committed to paying fair wages and keeping prices reasonable. My leggings were $70 which is much less than I’ve paid for some of my mass manufactured, name brand leggings.

My only complaint is mine are a bit loose in the waist but, in fairness, I selected my size based on a friend’s recommendation of how her’s fit (and they have a good exchange policy if you get the wrong size). I have to pull mine up a few times during class but I’ve heard they’re perfect for hot yoga.

Apart from that, they’re extremely comfortable and are so freeing as you move through all your poses.

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Would I recommend Yoga Democracy? Yes – just make sure you get the right fit. Even though mine are a bit big, I wear them almost every weekend whether it’s to morning yoga classes, walking the dog, running errands or lounging around.

Plus, I’ve never gotten so many compliments on a workout outfit in my life!

All Yoga Democracy’s leggings are gorgeous and, as if their ethical principles weren’t enough, who wouldn’t want to wear a gorgeous piece of art on their clothing?

Meditation For Those Who Can’t Meditate

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I tend to read a lot of wellness articles. There are few things I think are as important as having a healthy body and mind. The trend right now that everyone in every healthy magazine, show, blog is saying the key to a healthy lifestyle is, is meditation.

I’ve done yoga for a few years now and meditation is a big part of it. The truth is, I couldn’t do it. I would lay on my mat trying so hard to clear my mind, searching for that inner peace everyone talks about and nothing. If anything, it just worked to make me incredibly frustrated.

I would go home, sit on my bed and try to meditate at night. Nothing.

The next time I’d be scrolling through Twitter and, inevitably, someone would talk about how they can’t start their morning without meditation or something generic like that and I would rush back to yoga in a fervor, try again and fail.

I’ve finally had enough and decided to try meditating differently because clearly everything I was reading just wasn’t working.

I found that the one thing that can clear my  mind is not just sitting on a mat, palms up, eyes closed. It’s the actual workout. Timing my breath to every move, pushing my body until it starts shaking, focusing on the words of whatever music is playing. Next thing I know, the hour is over and my mind has been cleared (then it’s time to ‘mediate’ and it promptly comes roaring back).

Now, there’s nothing more annoying than ending a practice with meditation if you can’t actually meditate. No matter how good your workout is, you leave feeling frustrated and with a racing mind. So, in a desperate attempt to finally ‘get it’, I decided I would stop trying to clear my mind. It obviously didn’t work. Instead, I would focus on one thing: a project at work, a book I’m reading, school, blogging, anything. Then, I would push everything out of my head and focus on that one subject. Anywhere my mind wandered to, I’d let it.

You know what I found, not only is it much more relaxing than trying to clear your mind, failing and then wanting to throw your mat across the room and stomp out in a rage (can you imagine a yoga class ending like that) but it’s also when I’m at my most creative. I’ve even started considering taking a notepad and pen to class with me. Some days are better than others but it’s much more productive and I think, no matter who you are or what you do, there should never be a shortage of creativity in a person’s life.

If you’re like me and just can’t meditate, give this a try! Slow your breath and practice focusing your mind and then let it wander.

If you can meditate, tell me your secret! I would love to know!