Yoga Gift Guide: 13 Gifts Philly Yoga Teachers Have on Their Holiday Wish Lists

Or: What to Buy For the Yogi in Your Life. (Because you simply can't buy them yet another yoga mat.)

Yesterday, we gave you guys an inside look at the holiday wish lists of Philly healthy foodies. Now, it’s time to take a cue from the wish lists of Philly yogis.

To make it easier for you to holiday shop for the yogis in your life, we asked a bunch of Philly yoga studio owners and teachers to tell us what gifts they’re asking for this holiday season. Two things to note: A bunch of them are dying to get a float therapy session come Christmas (more than we’ve included on this list) and a good chunk of them mentioned the Queen Village boutique Moon and Arrow as one of their favorite shopping spots. So you already know where to start your shopping hunt.

Now below, 13 gifts Philly yogis are hoping to get this holiday season. Read up, then steal an idea or two to for the yogi in your life.

Justine Bacon, Philly Yoga Factory 
Gifts on her wish list:
1. A gift card (or an afternoon trip!) to The Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop. “They are a whimsical apothecary/tea shop with an extensive herb and tea menu, rotating local artists and musicians as well as some light refreshments. I actually brought my Gran for an afternoon as a birthday gift one year! It was so lovely.”
2. A float session at Flotation Philly ($60 and up). “I have not had enough of this experience and need more of it in my life. Floating is pretty surreal. Time and space drift away and it’s just you, melting away from your life for a while. In additon to the relaxing mental benefits, your whole body releases and is supported in a weightless way. It’s just so healing.”

Carly Markowitz, Maha Yoga
Gifts on her wish list: 
1. Subscription to Inspired Brews’ Brewliever Program ($10 per month and up). “Made here in Philly, Inspired Brews’ Jessa is a genius with kombucha. So many unique flavors that change constantly. And if you have a little leftover, they make great cocktails as well! Cheers to a healthier new year.”
2. Outfit from the new FP Movement line (prices vary). “Because nothing motivates you to hit the mat more than a cute new outfit, right?”

Emile Sorger, Yoga and Movement Sanctuary
Gifts on his wish list:
1. Photo Shoot with Joe Longo ($250 and up). “By no small measure, Joe Longo is THE principle yoga photographer in Philadelphia. My suspicion is that his photography is inspired by a blending of his own formidable yoga practice and his eye to to how yoga can restore imagination and awe to our sometimes bleak world.”
2. 10 Class-Card at Magu Yoga ($140). “Magu Yoga is the place where yoga teachers go to practice, and specifically to practice with master teacher Alex Auder.”

Mariel Freeman, Three Queens Yoga 
Gifts on her wish list:
1. Microdermabrasion Facial at Fabriq Spa ($150). “My always, forever favorite gift is the organic microdermabrasion facial with Monique at Fabriq Spa in Queen Village. Really any facial with Monique, but I love the most bang for my buck, and the microderm is where it’s at!”
2. 4Sixteen X Chup Socks ($35). “Are socks the lamest gift ever? I would get these socks for everyone, but have yet to splurge on myself. They are gorgeous. I got a few for my husband last year and he LOVES them. All of the brands at Totem are awesome.”

Brittany Everett, Grace and Glory Fishtown 
Gifts on her wish list:
1. Chances Are Candles (email for pricing). “This Philly based start-up company can set the mood for any home practice. Not only do they come in beautiful shapes and all different sizes, but they also smell like heaven.”
2. Vinyasa Scarf from Lululemon ($48). “This go-to accessory is great post-any sweaty workout — yoga, spin, or a run. It magically transforms yoga swag to a perfect brunch ensemble.”

Paige Chapman, Mama’s Wellness Joint 
Gifts on her wish list:
1. Ritual candle from Chani Nicholas ($30). “I’m a bit obsessed with astrology and one of my favorite go-to gals is Chani Nicholas. She has created a line of ‘ritual candles’ with their very own guidebooks. I actually couldn’t wait for them as a gift and just bought the variety set for myself.”
2. Gift card to Float SNJ. “I’d love a gift certificate to Float, a flotation therapy center in South Jersey. I’ve never had a spa treatment quite like this and it sounds dreamy.”

Jen Wendowski, Yoga Habit 
1. PiperWai Natural Deodorant ($11.99). “I’ve never actually used PiperWai but I want to try it.” (We’ve tried it though — and wrote about it here! — and it actually, really, truly works. We see the perfect stocking stuffer for the yogi in your life.)

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