Our favourite green yoga gear and routines in time for Earth Day.

Yoga, an ancient practice, is now a regular past time of many men and women because of the surplus of yoga studios, videos, and the like. As a practice yoga helps us to rebalance our minds, body and soul while paying homage to nature and the environment. But staying in touch with nature is sometimes difficult when you are stretching on a synthetic rubber mat or wearing a t-shirt made from unsustainable manufacturing and fashion industry practices.

For a more authentically green yoga experience here are our favourite yoga apparel and routines that are sustainably made and nature friendly.

1. The Yoga Zen Nomad Delphine Top ($94 thievesboutique.com and zennomad.ca) is a loose fitting racer back, cowl neck tank made in beautiful linen knit that echoes the simplicity of the earth. Great when worn with a bra top underneath and leggings. Although the Yoga Zen Nomad Relaxed Tank ($60 at thievesboutique.com and zennomad.ca) has a more traditional active shape, it is still made from either organic cotton (black) or a mix of bamboo and spandex (other colours), all environmentally friendly materials that make this green active wear line started in 2012 by designer  Sonja den Elzen worth the investment. 

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2. Daub and Design Adriana Leggings in Brick and Black and Navy ($89 at daubanddesign.com). are versatile leggings that can be worn during your yoga practice, but also on a laid back night out because of their trendy and fashion forward patterns. The blend of nylon and spandex keeps the body cool and extremely durable. Hand dyed, seamless and made from environmentally sustainable design practices, you will feel relaxed during practice knowing there was no footprint made because of your yoga gear.

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3. Eoin Finn Earth Body Yoga ($24.99 for DVD at Lululemon stores and blissology.com, or $16.99 for downloadable version at blissology.com) channels the power of nature in this dynamic yoga routine that is shot in the inspirational landscapes of Mexico, California, British Columbia and Hawaii. Combining elements of nature and the technical practice of yoga Earth Body Yoga features more difficult routines aimed at toning your body, more relaxed low-key segments and finally mastering the tradition of meditation and relaxation. The notion of the interconnectedness of nature and our sense of selves central to Finn’a yoga practice in Earth Body Yoga enables one to escape the monotony and busyness of city life.   

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