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NamaSTAY Yoga Towel Review and Giveaway!


I know when I practice yoga, whether hot or otherwise, I’m usually a sweaty disaster. It’s a good disaster, but sweaty nonetheless. Since slip-and-slide yoga mat syndrome is totally uncool, over the years I’ve added a variety of yoga towels to my collection to help with soaking up sweat, providing a solid practice surface, and keeping the nasties from festering on the mat.

Despite the functional necessity of a yoga towel during a sweaty practice, they also have a tendency to add another layer of distraction as they move around and scrunch up on the mat during practice. For those who wish their yoga towel would just stay in place, the patented NamaSTAY Yoga Towel just may be the answer you’re looking for. I’ve practiced on it regularly for the last few months and it’s become one of my go-to pieces of yoga gear.

The innovative NamaSTAY Yoga Towel goes beyond the traditional towel by adding sleeves at both ends of the towel that hug your yoga mat so that it stays flat and in place.  No more bunching and scrunching! The towel is made of light-weight, quick-drying, absorbent microfiber fabric. I’ll admit microfiber in general isn’t my favorite material since I have kind of dry hands, but once I put the NamaSTAY towel on my mat the microfiber material didn’t bother me at all.  The towel just stayed in place and soaked up all the sweat I could give it.

namastay 2013 Collection

The towel comes in a couple different sizes and six colors.  It’s designed to fit two sizes of mats – small (68″ X 24″) and medium (up to 72″ x 26″). The NamaSTAY website provides a helpful guide for determining the correct size for your yoga mat.  I have the medium size and it works great with the Manduka Black Mat Pro.  The towel is a little long, but the excess fabric easily folds under the end of the mat, and everything stays in place just as advertised.  Whether you’d like one for yourself or give as a gift to a friend, I’d recommend the NamaSTAY Yoga Towel as a great addition to anyone’s yoga gear collection.


It’s always exciting to give away a great yoga product, so here’s your opportunity  to win your own NamaSTAY Yoga Towel!

Entering the contest is simple:

  1. Visit the NamaSTAY Yoga Towel site to find the color and size you prefer.
  2. Leave a comment on this post with the color and size you’d like, or leave a comment about another color you’d like to see someday.
  3. This isn’t a requirement (cause it’s nearly impossible to track fairly), but feel free to head on over and like NamaSTAY Yoga Towel’s Facebook page as well. They have some fun stuff posted.
  4. FYI – I plan to announce the winner this weekend, so hurry and enter!

My apologies to our vast worldwide audience…but the contest winner must reside in the continental U.S.

Finally, if you don’t want to wait for the contest results, feel free to use the discount code “CUPOFYOGA” to receive a 20% discount at www.namastaytowel.com.

Happy Holidays and Namaste!

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Year of the Smoothie and a Blender Bottle Giveaway


There’s no better way to start off the day or finish a run or yoga session than with a deliciously yummy smoothie.  Personally, this past year has, quite literally, been the year of the smoothie for me and my family.  It’s a long story that I haven’t shared on Daily Cup of Yoga yet, but the short version is that last year we thought we were moving back to the U.S. from Japan for work, so we packed up all of our stuff, shipped it all away on a boat, and then ended up staying in Japan for another year…without any of our stuff!  Did I mention this was for a year?!?  Without any of our stuff?!?

I would like to say that living out of a suitcase for a year was totally zen, but for the most part it kinda just sucked!  However, there were some pretty amazing things that happened too because of the odd circumstance we found ourselves in.

First, without any of our cooking supplies, our diet changed dramatically.  We decided it was finally time to invest in a Vitamix.  Since this is not really a post about my adoration and love for my Vitamix, I’ll just leave it at this was a life-changing addition to our kitchen.  It opened my eyes to a world of food possibilities I didn’t have a clue even existed.

Second,  I discovered that a Blender Bottle was the best way to enjoy all the smoothies we were making.   Blender Bottle is a technology that is so simple it makes you wonder why someone didn’t invent it sooner and how you endured all those years of drinking chunky protein shakes.  With Blender Bottle, it’s chunky shakes no more!  And, it’s perfect for downing a delicious smoothie.  These days I don’t go too many places without a Blender Bottle in hand.

GIVEAWAY! Since it’s such an awesome, yet simple piece of technology, we’re excited to provide our amazing readers with three chances to win a Blender Bottle product!!

landing_gostak_1TWO WINNERS will walk away with a GoStak Starter Pak.  These are perfect for taking your snacks, protein, or vitamins, on the go.

ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win a GoStak Starter Pak, a full-color Classic bottle, AND a SportMixer.  As Napoleon Dynamite would say, “Luckyyyy…!” 

How to win: Since we’re always looking for a new smoothie concoction, just leave a comment with the ingredients to a favorite smoothie OR leave a link in your comment to a smoothie recipe on another website (just one link though, otherwise it looks like spam).  That’s it!  We’ll pick three random winners at the end of the week.

I’m happy to say we’re now back in the States, we got our stuff back, and we’re still sippin’ smoothies every day!

And for a little advice to start the week off on the right foot:


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DCOY Giveaway: The Yoga Mat Tie–A Simple, Yet Brilliant Solution to Sloppy Yoga Mats

The simplicity of yoga is one of its most beautiful and appealing aspects.  Not a lot of equipment required, right?…


Well, a yoga mat isn’t necessarily even an absolute necessity, but I think most of us would admit yoga isn’t nearly as pleasant without a little sticky mat under our feet and hands.  Everything else is pretty much gravy in my book…and boy do I love gravy 🙂  The picture above…definitely me.

So yeah, despite having a ton of yoga gear, a constant pet-peeve of mine has always been when I finish my yoga practice, roll up my mat, and put it in the closet somehow it always seems to find a way to unroll itself.  Luckily, the “Yoga Mat Tie” provides a simple, yet brilliant solution to one of these tough to deal with first-world yoga conundrums–the sloppy yoga mat…  I’ve been using Yoga Mat Ties for a couple of months and they’re awesome!



For our giveaway this week we’re excited to partner with the nice folks out of Boulder, Colorado, who handmake each and every Yoga Mat Tie. 

To enter:
1.  Head on over to Twitter and follow @TheYogaMatTie (you’re probably already following us), AND
2.  Leave a comment about your yoga accessory philosophy.

I’m already a self-confessed gravy/gear man, but I’d like to hear your thoughts on bolsters, blocks, blankets, and belts.  Regardless of whether you’re a gear junkie or not, once you try the Yoga Mat Tie I think you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

We’ll pick a winner at random this weekend.  Good luck and namaste!

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DCOY Giveaway: Core of the Yoga Sutras by B.K.S. Iyengar

iyengar-yoga-sutrasAfter an illustrious lifetime of expounding yogic wisdom to the eager masses, it only seems fitting that B.K.S. Iyengar, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the modern-day yoga bible, turns his gaze toward yoga’s foundational philosophical text, the Yoga Sutras.  In Core of the Yoga Sutras, Mr. Iyengar provides unique commentary on Patanjali’s 196 aphorisms that only someone with his experience and authority can bring to the work.

B.K.S. Iyengar′s insight on the sutras show us how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved…or something like that 😉  All jest aside, this is a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practice.

This week we’re excited to be giving away a copy of Core of the Yoga Sutrascourtesy of Harper Collins! 

To Enter: Each of us comes to yoga for a variety of reasons–for me, my back always hurt and I was tired of taking pills and yoga seemed like it would help.  At the end of the day, a lot of us practice yoga because it helps us with some aspect of our life.  So, to enter, just answer the following question: “Yoga helps __________.”  No right or wrong answers, and we’ll pick a winner at random sometime this week.  Good luck!

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic week!