The lines between a Yoga teacher and a spiritual mentor often blur. Maybe it is their liberal ideas, spiritual, philosophical inclinations and constant belief in us (making the least flexible of us pull off asanas) or their resilience in incorporating Yoga in our life. These wonderful mind openers, soul searchers deserve appreciation in the best way; through Yoga gifts. Here is a list of gifts that your Yoga teacher would love to own.
Dharma yoga wheel
This is the new Yoga prop on the block; innovative and upcoming. If your Yoga instructor is one for new challenges and reinvention, then this is an ideal gift for him/her. You may even want to keep it for yourself. It works as a balance enhancer, posture opener and makes bends and difficult postures easier and more accessible. But the most exciting part about it is that there are a lot more uses of it that haven’t yet been discovered, lot more postures it can be used in, a lot more unidentified advantages too, and your Yoga teacher might just be the one who discovers it!
Wall art and posters are an incredible way of incorporating Yoga into one’s everyday life. Home decor is a canvas for one to express one’s passions and hobbies, and what better way to gift your Yoga teacher but a reflection of their love for Yoga? Move on over the cliched Yoga quotes and gift your Yoga teacher a visual experience with wall art made by professionals (or you yourself if you dabble in graphic arts!) for their home space or Yoga class space. Yoga symbols, Namaste wall art, depictions of Buddha, Yoga postures etc. are some popular wall arts.
Tingsha bells are Tibetan chimes are a pair of cymbals joined with a leather cord that is popularly used in meditative practices and Buddhist rituals. These are aesthetically appealing and come with their own set of benefits when used in Yoga, meditation, and healing. Their biggest advantage is that when the pieces strike each other, they produce a pure cleansing sound that can clear low vibrational energy or some may say negative energy. They are used for cleansing the atmosphere, creating a positive energy, focussing attention etc. and make a wonderful gift.
Yoga card deck is an entertaining gift that your Yoga teacher can use for teaching purposes with regard to students. Illustrated cards, posture cards, guidance cards, meditative cards are some varieties in a card deck, and these are perfect travel companions as well.
Being the Yoga veteran your teacher is, he/she is very aware of all the things they need for a Yoga session, everything from a water bottle for hydration to headwear to keep tie up one’s hair so it doesn’t interfere with practice, from wipes to refresh oneself after practice to the quintessential yoga mat. One of the most useful gifts for a Yoga teacher has got to be a backpack which allows them space and freedom to carry all their requirements in one package, and ideal for daily use while traveling to and from class.
These are a Tibetan tradition, and the Tibetan word for prayer flag is Dar Cho, which means “to increase life, fortune, health and wealth” (Dar) “of all sentient beings” (Cho). These prayer flags were messengers and mediums of this mission. They draw attention to the subject, they harmonized with the environment, and they were intended to increase the happiness and good fortune of all beings around them according to Tibetans. They are a popular ambiance setter and create a positive atmosphere for Yoga or meditation practice, much like Tingsha bells. They are beautifully colorful and eye pleasing as well, so your Yoga teacher can use them in their home or class space.
Yoga is not merely an exercise for the body but also the mind. It is meant to open up one’s mind to spiritual possibilities and renew one’s approach to life. Yoga books talk about Yoga as a discourse, a lifestyle, a life element and open one up to a world of possibilities. Autobiographies of greatest Yoga practitioners, Yogic healing, mantras, Enlightenment, postures and asanas, human anatomy, Power Yoga, Mind-body-soul yoga etc. are some of the most popular themes of Yoga books, and gifting your Yoga teacher a Yoga book would be a very enlightening gift.
An aromatic atmosphere can go a long way in creating peace of mind and an ambiance for the most beneficial Yoga sessions. These aromatic oils relax the mind thereby relieving the muscles of strain and stress as well, clearing the way for better concentration and attention. Oil diffusers, lamps, reed diffusers etc. are a great gift for creating an atmosphere of essential oils such as frankincense, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, chamomile, lemongrass, eucalyptus, cedar wood, cypress, rosemary etc. that purify the air, calms the soul and freshens the mind.
This is one of the most useful gifts you can gift your teacher, as being a teacher it is quite possible that he/she may have more than one mats for their yoga practice. A wall hanging mat holder blends into home decor and also proves to be a convenient option as it does not take up space. It is easy to install on the wall and to use as shacking up mats would be an everyday affair for them.
This category includes every product under the sun that can be customized with Yoga symbols or quotes; from keychains, mugs, posters, tee shirts, hoodies to mats, bags, tea lights, vases etc. Depending on your budget, fill up your Yoga teacher’s house and life with a little bit of creativity.