With the new year, I’ve seen a lot of new faces in my heated yoga classes, so I thought I’d share what I bring in my yoga bag – I hope it’s helpful to anyone thinking about going. It actually isn’t all that different from what I bring in my normal gym bag, which would just not have the Yogitoes towel:
Extra hair tie – I have very long hair and I need to keep it out of my face, especially with all of the inverted moves that are part of yoga practice. This isn’t just ANY hair tie either – this is from Sally Beauty Supply, and they are thick and tight enough to hold my almost waist-length hair in a bun. I usually use two so my bun doesn’t get loose.
Herban Essentials Yoga Towelette – This is a towelette infused with natural oils and scents that I sometimes use to clean my face and arms if I’m running an errand right after class.
eos lip balm in Summer Fruit – Always good to have a lip balm just in case. This round lip balm has gotten so much hype; I like it because it’s natural, but I don’t find it more moisturizing than the average balm. I used up the Lemon Drop with SPF one before and liked that better.
Yogitoes yoga mat towel – This towel comes in lots of different colors and is the size of a yoga mat. It’s an absolute essential for me when I go to yoga class – it grips even better after you start dripping sweat on it. I have two, and I’m thinking about getting a third.
Small towel – Essential for wiping yourself down during the designated water break in class.
Kleen Kanteen Reflect – In heated yoga, you HAVE to bring water to rehydrate, because you sweat so much. I love this bottle because it’s completely eco-friendly (I got mine on Amazon).
Bag – A cloth purse I got on a trip to Easter Island during grad school; it’s my favorite bag.
My yoga studio provides yoga mats, so luckily I don’t have to lug mine around.
Here’s a “what’s in my yoga bag” video from Martha, an absolutely gorgeous Youtuber – I adore her videos! She also talks about the benefits of doing bikram yoga.
What do you bring in your yoga/gym bag?
How do you find out about products you want to try or avoid? Is it through friends and family, purchasing trial and error, or beauty counter advice? To kick off the discussion, here’s how I find out about beauty products, ranked from most frequent to least.
Youtube/blogs – I had no idea that there was a burgeoning online community of people passionate about beauty who shared this interest through Youtube and blogs. I accidentally discovered this in December 2009 as I was getting ready to go on an expedition to Antarctica, and I’ve been hooked ever since. There are online tutorials, product reviews, hauls, and more from people who were excited to share this with others – AND if you watch or read their Youtube videos or blogs long enough, you could get a sense of what their tastes were and see how closely it matched yours. Most important of all, it’s easy to access.
We’ve mentioned some of our favorites throughout our blog (click on the tag “Youtube/blogs” to see). Do you watch any Youtube channels or read any beauty blogs, or do you have one yourself? Please share with us, because we would love to see what you love AND share it on this blog!
Friends and/or family – When I was in school, it was so much easier to share products with friends – you could actually see it on each other and talk about it in person. Mimi and I met in grad school, where we went on outdoor expeditions together, and it was through those experiences that we started sharing products – it’s pretty easy to see what the other is using if you’re sharing a small tent together! I credit her for introducing me to dry shampoo, especially important when we couldn’t shower for 5 days!
I would personally LOVE to see what my friends and family are using, but being busy and geographically far apart, I find it hard to engage in those discussions when other conversations seem much more important. We’re creating beautybagg to make access to this knowledge completely easy, so if you’re interested, get an early access code here and we’ll send you an invite when we do a private launch!
Magazines – I find that magazines feature products later than Woman’s Wear Daily and the more established beauty blogs, so I very rarely rely on magazines for product information.
Beauty counter advice – NEVER – they’re always biased to their brand or other brands carried by the retailer they work at, so I only use their advice on what color skin base (foundation, tinted moisturizer, powder, etc.) I should get once I’ve made up my mind to get the product.
Don’t forget to share where you get your beauty information down in the comments!