These yoga books will help you relax and unwind this season.
Best for Breathing Exercises
One Simple Thing by Eddie Stern
If you practice yoga you know it often makes us feel more productive, more caring, happier, and healthier. Longtime yogi Eddie Stern asks the question: How, exactly, does yoga do that? The first half of the book is a succinct summation of the various limbs of yoga. It’s in the second half that things really get interesting: Stern looks to neuroscience and other research to explain yoga’s myriad effects. For example, he describes how certain breathing practices, such as Ujjayi, arouses the body’s relaxing parasympathetic responses via the vagus nerve, and how chanting has been shown to stimulate both the left and right sides of the brain. The end of One Simple Thing includes a few suggested practices, such as resonant (even) breathwork, a body scan, and a loving-kindness mediation, which Stern reveals has been scientifically proven to boost positive emotions and social connections. And you just thought it felt good. Get it here.
Life in the Flow by Kate Kendall
This Australian yoga superstar’s new book is part memoir, part advice for taking your yoga out into all parts of your life. Kendall is all about slowing down and savoring experiences, something that helped her when she first discovered yoga while suffering from depression. For each of the book’s four sections—Grounding, Joy Riding, Connection, and Devotion—Kendall offers tips for your own life. In Connection, for example, she riffs on lessening our over-reliance on our cell phones (“Guilty as charged,” she admits), which not only helps us boost our real-time relationships with others, it’s better for our posture and nervous system, too. She …
Foam rollers provide added support in difficult poses or can be used to massage your muscles after a difficult routine.
Best Compression Design
TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
This foam roller is designed to give firm massages and has three different patterns to put pressure on different points on your body. Its short length (13 inches) makes it good to support you both in yoga poses and in cardio. Because it is made with standard density, it is great for beginners. Don’t be fooled by its hollow core; this roller is heavy duty and can hold 500 pounds and its firm core will provide extra support to ensure it keeps its shape. But, if something does happen, you can rely on the included 1-year warranty. It’s also available in five colors and comes with a library of instructional videos. Ding: Because it’s a short roller, it may be difficult to use to massage hard-to-reach places. Buy it here.
AmazonBasics High-Density Foam Roller
Our favorite thing about this roller from AmazonBasics was that it was designed to be durable. It has molded edges, which prevents the roller from flaking and falling apart over time. It’s also made of polyethylene foam, which is known for maintaining its firmness. This 36-inch roller is high-density and designed for deeper massages and greater resistance during yoga and cardio. It’s also available in 7 colors. Get it today.
Best High-Density Roller
LuxFit Foam Roller
This roller is designed to be dense, which is why we love it. Testers found that it quickly relieved their aches and pains and upped the intensity of their routines. You can also get this pick in four different sizes: 36, 24, 18, and 12 inches. Each size has a …
Let’s face it — some yoga shorts just aren’t flattering. You won’t have to worry about that with these shorts. These tummy-tucking yoga shorts are high waisted and come with plenty of control, so you never have to worry about showing off your food baby while doing a little downward dog. Plus — it has pockets! Get it here.
Best for the Busy Yogi
ODODOS High Waist Out Pocket Yoga Short
What We Liked:
Leave your embarrassment at the door. You’ll never need to hide when you pick up the kids at school after yoga class — so long as you’re wearing these shorts. These shorts are stylish and perfectly suitable for the busy yogi who has to fit yoga class in between runs to the grocery store or to pick up the kids. Pair them with a sweat-wicking athletic shirt and some stylish kicks and no one will know you were just at the gym. Pick them here.
Best for Showing Off Your Best Assets
Helisopus Womens Stretch Solid Athletic Shorts
What We Liked:
You’ve worked hard for that body; don’t hide it behind ratty old gym clothes. These shorts are super cute, made from high-quality fabrics and fit sleek and tight. They contour to the natural shape of your body and are on the shorter side, for those days when you’re feeling particularly confident. Available now.