2 comments on “A Trip Down lululemon Lane”

A Trip Down lululemon Lane

Believe it or not, I went to an actual lululemon store for the very first time yesterday. As the kind sales-folks at the Seattle Pacific Place store can attest, I probably tried on every piece of guys clothes they had in the store..twice. It was a little embarrassing and  I’m not sure I’ve ever spent that much time in a dressing room, but I had a lot of time to burn, and I sure as heck wasn’t walking out of there with clothes that didn’t fit perfectly. Trust me though, time to burn in a lululemon store can be a dangerous thing. It’s not hard to find clothes that fit perfectly…

A few impressions after my first visit:

First impression–the place was busy, packed with men and women, young and old, rifling through clothes racks and stacks of yoga pants. Maybe it was a normal Saturday afternoon in downtown Seattle or maybe Seattle-ites just love posh fitness gear.

Second impression–shopping at lululemon can be a real psychological experiment…at least it was for me. Unless you have an unlimited budget, you kinda need to know what your shopping priorities are, otherwise you may end up eating ramen for the rest of the month. I walked out with six items and I’m sure the price I paid for the men’s Presta pants has some symbolical yogic meaning… Not sure why, but the price tag for nearly everything ends with an eight.

Third impression–as I walked around the store I kicked myself for not buying lululemon stock when the thought first crossed my mind a few months ago… Since late December 2011, I’ve watched lululemon’s stock rise from $46 to an all-time high of $72 on March 8, 2012. Not too shabby for a yoga/running clothes company. That’s what I call “run-da-li-ni rising!”

To be honest, until recently I hadn’t given much thought to yoga clothes. Running clothes–yes; yoga clothes–not so much. The beauty of practicing yoga at home is that even underwear seems to work just fine, or at least it did until I got my hands on a few lululemon samples. Of course you can also practice yoga in Levi’s, but until you discover the sweet bliss of four-way stretch and luon fabric you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

I won’t exaggerate and say I could never live without lululemon, but I will say that until a few weeks ago I wouldn’t have been caught dead wearing a pair of capri-style yoga pants out in public…and let’s just say a couple days ago I proudly stood in line at the ATM (on a military base no less) for twenty minutes in a pair of lululemon down dawg 3/4 length pants (aka “manpris“).

Final impression–when can I go back?!?

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5 comments on “10 Simple Questions to Ask Before Buying a Yoga Mat”

10 Simple Questions to Ask Before Buying a Yoga Mat

Looking for a new yoga mat?

Here are 10 short and simple questions to ask yourself…

  1. How much do I want to spend?
  2. Do I really need a new yoga mat?
  3. How thick of a mat do I want?
  4. Do I really need a new yoga mat?
  5. How much do I sweat?
  6. Do I really need a new yoga mat?
  7. Will I have to carry it a lot?
  8. Do I really need a new yoga mat?
  9. How important are health and environmental concerns to me?
  10. Do I really need a new yoga mat?

I love yoga mats…so I ask these questions a lot…

[UPDATE 3 Feb 12: Just added a new mat to the collection–Lululemon’s “The Mat“–lovin’ it!…
…I told you I have a problem:)]

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Manduka Introduces the John Friend Collection

My favorite yoga gear company, Manduka, recently partnered with yoga teacher and founder of Anusara Yoga, John Friend, to create its first ever-cobranded line of yoga gear.  Since I think this is a great step forward in providing high-quality, innovative yoga gear, I wanted to share a few highlights from the recent press release to give you a flavor of this new collection:

Going outside the 24″ industry standard width for yoga mats, the John Friend Collection by Manduka will launch initially with two extra wide mats including the 29-inch wide eKO Superlite and 30-inch wide PROlite.  This is the first time the yoga community will have access to such a high quality blend of innovative technology and the veteran experience of John Friend in a mat, providing superior comfort and sufficient space to align the body and explore yoga postures.  The added space allows for a deeper expression of movement and a better connection between body, mat and heart.
Manduka’s take:
“Our partnership with renowned yoga teacher John Friend allows us to provide the most innovative and ecologically responsible yoga gear in a new way ,” said Sky Meltzer, CEO of Manduka.  “Together we’ve aligned to create a collection that pushes industry standards, pouring over four decades of expertise into designs that will inspire yoga practitioners worldwide.”
John Friend’s take:
“For years I’ve been committed to the teaching that yoga comes from the heart—that it is a practice accessible to all and brings out your inner joy and divine energy,” said John Friend, Founder of Anusara yoga.  “Manduka is a company that embodies the same principles while providing high quality products to enhance your practice.  I am honored to collaborate with such an authentic company to bring an amazing new line of gear to the yoga community, deepening the connection between heart and mat, and inspiring students of any level to enjoy more energetic freedom during their practice.”

Click the banner below to check out the new collection!