10 Smart and Spiritual Gifts for the Fitness Lover in Your Life
The old Latin saying “Mens sana in corpore sano” tells us that a healthy mind is to be found in a healthy body. First uttered over two millennia ago, it still rings true to this day. Taking care of our physical body is an integral part of our earthly existence and one we should never neglect. It is the foundation stone for our further mental, emotional and spiritual growth, and the one thing that we have that is truly our own. With all the challenges of modern-day living such as pollution, lack of exercise and poor nutrition – fitness is becoming an increasingly important focus for many. A lot of people go so far as to consider it a form of spiritual activity – regardless whether they indulge in a more traditional practice such as yoga or tai-chi, or have a simple affinity for football and athletics. For them, this can be a way to recharge their batteries, connect with the Divine and celebrate their body and the amazing feats it is able to achieve. We all have such inspired people in our lives and this list was made with them in mind. Below, you fill find ten wonderful gift suggestions for the gym bunny, the yogi, the athlete and the spiritual warrior in your life.
Emily Quandahl Hot Yoga Mat by Manduka
Yoga is increasingly becoming the fitness choice of the masses. It was long misunderstood as either too closely tied to Eastern spiritual practices to be understood by a westerner, or as too light an exercise to be useful in keeping one fit. Of course, both were proven not to be true and the popularity of yoga has thus grown manyfold. One of the essentials that every yogi-to-be ought to have is a comfortable, durable yoga mat. It is an item that helps tremendously with comfort, posture and general well-being when it comes to doing one’s asanas and is a good item to invest in if this is to become a regular practice. For the yogi in your life, Hot Yoga Mat from Manduka may be just the right choice. Boasting a eQua® Towel top layer with eKO rubber base, it is adorned with a gorgeous design by artist Emily Quandahl and is sturdy yet comfortable enough for every shape and size. A truly timeless gift.
High-Waist Airbrush Capri by Alo Yoga
Another indispensable item for the aspiring yogi are so-called yoga pants. They now come in a number of shapes and sizes, from extra short to full length. Still, the kapri retains its popularity and is the cut of choice for most who fully understand the needs for comfort and flexibility this particular type of spiritual and physical exercise requires. Alo Yoga has made sure to offer to the general public the highest quality product you can possibly find. Presented in the gorgeous glossy gravel color, these high-waist yoga pants are made of a nylon spandex blend with a four-way stretch. Created to move, their performance will satisfy even the most vigorous users who don’t shy away from the most complicated and endurance-testing positions. Flattering, flexible and exceptionally quick-drying (bikram being the fabric of choice), it is very difficult if not impossible to find a single flaw in them. Matched with a sports bra, they become a useful uniform for the spiritual warrior as well as a statement for the fashion-conscious diva in your life.
LoRox Aligned Roller by OPTP
For those on the go, an access to the gym is not always an option. While running in the great outdoors is always a possibility and can help get quite a few muscles stretched, it may not be enough to get all the parts of the body in order. This is where a good, well-made roller can roll into the picture and save the day in one go. It can help form longer, leaner muscles, make cellulite far less noticeable and even guarantee better sleep. The foam roller is all the rage with gym bunnies everywhere and it is high time the special person in your life got to try one too. The LoRox Aligned Roller from OPTP (Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products) could be just the choice. Designed by body whisperer Lauren Roxburgh, they are durable and do their job wonderfully, allowing for the body to align with the spirit for maximum results – physical and metaphysical. A bit of warning is in order. After some twenty minutes of exercise with one of these, one may start feeling wonderful and become compelled to do some serious meditation afterwards.
Taller, Slimmer, Younger: 21 Days to a Foam Roller Physique by Penguin Random House
The above mentioned foam roller is a powerful tool for exercise but not everyone immediately understands the many ways in which it is possible to use it. It is but a simple object, after all, and may not inspire each individual in the way it ought to. For those lacking in ideas but still wishing to make the most of it, a short yet sweet guide could help them get fit in no time in new, fun, interesting ways. The author Lauren Roxburgh is a bit of a body whisperer and knows her way around the world of fitness and exercise. Trained as a structural integration practitioner, she presents her ideas in a clear and concise way so that one can jump onto doing useful, muscle lengthening and posture realigning exercises almost immediately. Never too demanding yet always directing the reader towards what they will benefit from the most, she outlines a routine that will be in sync with your needs, your schedule, and your level of fitness.
goop Glass Water Bottle By SOMA
Nowadays, “stay hydrated!” and “drink more water!” are not something you only hear from your mother (you are not, after all, eight anymore) but from every doctor, magazine and TV program too. It has become a mantra and for a good reason. Our body needs far more liquid than we may sometimes believe and this can ring particularly true if a person does regular, vigorous exercise. For the wellness addicted person in your life, this could result in them carrying around disposable plastic bottles and having to worry whether they will spill in their gym bag or start smelling funny after a day or two. To get rid of these problems in one go, SOMA has come up with a solution of all solutions – the Good Glass Water Bottle that is light to carry, shatter-resistant, easy to clean and safe to use at all times. It helps one stay hydrated and, being so well designed, almost serves as a fashion accessory too. But that’s not where the story ends. Oh, no. It gets even better. For each bottle purchased, a donation is made to the nonprofit group, Charity:Water, to support safe drinking globally.
The Mother Load by goop Wellness
For those that give their 110% physically as well as spiritually, for those who work hard and play hard, for the ethereally inclined who always put their physical and astral body to the test, a bit of extra help can sometimes be in order. Our body is a well-oiled machine for the most part but can still benefit from some healthy supplements and vitamin injections every now and then – to boost the immune system and bring back the strength we all know we possess. For that special person in your life who really burns the candle at both ends, doing their very best to achieve the most and be the absolute best version of themselves, The Mother Load by goop Wellness could prove to be that extra bit of help they need to achieve their spiritual and all other dreams. As the name suggests, it is perfect for mothers-to-be as they do, after all, need the energy for two.
Stone Diffuser by Vitruvi
Another aspect of our existence that the health conscious always pay attention to is the air that they breathe. With global pollution and increasingly dangerous levels of toxins in the atmosphere, it is absolutely essential that we all do so. Our homes are a place where we have full control over this and a fresh micro-atmosphere can be established in which we will feel safe and our lungs will only use the purest air. Beautiful scents and aromas are an integral part of this equation and a good air freshener can do miracles to add that extra bit of calm and serenity into a home. Most spiritually inclined people are particularly aware of this and will swear by their incense and essential oils. For those wishing to enrich their living space, the Stone Diffuser by Vitruvi can add that extra bit of luxury feel.
G.Tox Glacial Marine Clay Body Cleanser by goop Body
After a day of vigorous activity and equally intense exercise, it is important to cleanse every part of the body so that it is ready for rest. A good product is strong enough to deal with the most persistent impurities but also gentle enough to use on body and face, serving its purpose and doing the maximum of good and zero harm to the delicate tissues that protect our system from external influences. The G.Tox Glacial Marine Clay Body Cleanser by goop Body fits this description perfectly and could serve as the all-in-one multi-purpose cleanser or become a part of an elaborate routine for those that love to indulge in skin care. Packed with an endless number of natural ingredients, the luxuriously creamy body wash is a beauty guru’s dream come true. Made with a hand-harvested glacial marine clay that’s full of essential minerals, a targeted, holistic blend of essential oils – helichrysum, rosemary, grapefruit, and peppermint, to name but a few – detoxifies and purifies, leaving skin feeling impossibly soft.
Edred Thorsson – Rune Might: Secret Practices Of The German Rune Magicians
To bring this list back to its purely spiritual roots, we simply cannot but include a book by the celebrated rune magician Edred Thorsson. But one item on his endless bibliography, it contains information on something that is bound to be of interest to the health-conscious spiritual warriors out there, regardless of whether they are interested in Norse paganism or not. It presents the fascinating concept of runic yoga. First developed in the early 20th century in Germany and later suppressed by the nazis (who did, however, employ and misuse some runic magic in their occult works and thus tainted the name of this spiritual discipline for quite a while), runic yoga is today making a comeback as a more westernized, pagan adaptation of the millennia old practice of the East. It is an interesting twist and one that should not be bypassed by the serious spiritual explorer nor the conscientious gift-giver.
Kerr Cuhulain – Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior
To finish things off in a fully neopagan tone, the perfect present for Yule for your loved one who is equal parts witch and athlete could be Kerr Cuhulain’s Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. Focusing on both the physical as well as astral aspects of spellwork, this little tome is a valuable addition to anyone’s library, offering insight into the ways powerful forces rush through our body and the endless number of methods we can employ to make them work in our favour. Fresh, immersing and deeply gratifying, this read will mesmerize and inspire the determined witch to make the best of their presence in this world – fighting for what is pure, staying strong, and doing something good for everyone.