Frequently Asked Questions


What do I need as a beginner to Yoga?
What is your best Yoga Mat?
Which is your most popular Practice Rug?
How much do the Yoga Mat Bags hold?
Do your sizes run true to size?
Why is there limited OMgirl stock/selection?
Can you contact me when you get a new product shipment?

FAQ-Mysore Practice Rugs
FAQ-Yoga Mat Bags
FAQ-Yoga Mats


What would be a good gift for a Yoga enthusiast?
Do you gift wrap?


What are my shipping options and costs?
How do I track my order?
Can I ship to a P.O. Box?


How do I return something?


Where are you located? Can I come in and try something on?
Will you be at any Yoga trade shows?
Do any stores or yoga studios sell your products?

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What do I need as a beginner to Yoga?

We always feel that a beginner to Yoga mainly needs an open mind and heart, and a nice surface to practice on. Any of our yoga mats would be suitable, but if you are just starting and not ready to make the investment in a higher end mat, try one of the basic and lower-priced Hybrid Eco Mats as a good base for your practice.

We have some great beginners Yoga DVDs and reference books if you would like to start your own practice at home before venturing to a Yoga studio. Once you determine you LOVE yoga and want to explore it deeper, depending on your level of flexibility and the type of Yoga you pursue, you may want to purchase a block or blocks and/or a practice strap for deepening your postures. Beginners tend to find these very helpful.

Also, depending on the type of Yoga, it is nice to have your own blanket and bolster, however, many studios carry a supply of these. Over time, you might find that you want to own your own yoga products to make them more personal to your practice, and also to have them available for your home practice.

Although you can wear any old sweat pants to practice Yoga in at any time, we do have some wonderfully soft and comfortable Yoga clothing available for men and women that is especially designed for comfort and movement for your practice.

Enjoy the changes and benefits that Yoga will bring to your life and we hope our products help to inspire your practice.

What is your best Yoga Mat?

The best mat is really determined by personal preference, but here is our opinion:

The Premium Black Mat is the highest quality mat. It is firm, dense, and heavy (approximately 7 lbs. for the 71", 11 lbs. for the 100"). It will last longer than any other mat. It is preferred by many serious Yoga practitioners since it lays flat on any ground surface be it grass, sand, carpet, or hardwood floors. Simply the most desirable mat available.

The Hybrid Eco Mat is a fine mat which sticks firmly to the floor, and provides a great surface for Yoga. It is 1/8" thick, and comes in many colors. You will get a long life out of this mat for a great, low price. The more the surface is worn in, the better the traction is, so you can say that these mats get better with age.

The 1/4" Hybrid Eco Mat is twice as thick as the regular Hybrid Mat, and provides better padding for knees and ankles.

The Travel Mat is a very thin mat which folds and fits easily in the front pocket of most suitcases. It is effective for motivating Yoga practice on trips, and is best for aligning yourself for standing poses. It is a good non-stick buffer between the floor and a Practice Rug, but is generally not recommended as the sole mat for your Yoga practice.

Which is your most popular practice rug?

Masala and Bengal Blue with OM have long been our most popular rugs. Goa, Darjeeling and Jammu are also newer favorites.

Just how much do the mat bags hold?

Our regular sized Yoga Mat Bags are 29.5 inches long, and 7.5 inches in diameter. It is made to hold a mat that is 1/4 inch thick, along with a Practice Rug, with some room to spare for an extra t-shirt, a small towel, and a small water bottle. A 71" Premium Black Mat and Practice Rug can fit in a regular sized Yoga Mat Bag if rolled tightly and evenly.

The X-Large Yoga Mat Bag is 31.5 inches long, and 9.5 inches in diameter. It is recommended for the 100" Premium Black Mat, and can fit this mat and a Practice Rug. It may be a better choice than the regular size bags for a 71" Premium Black Mat and a Practice Rug as well if you are one to roll up your mats fast and unevenly after practice. With the X-Large bag, you won't have to struggle in any way to fit your load into it and get going. It is particularly useful for those who like to carry blocks and a blanket in their bag, along with a mat.

Do your sizes run true to size?

Most of our clothing runs true to size. We recommend that you order the size you generally wear. Some exceptions are:

  • OMgirl clothing is true to size, but does contour to your body, so some might think that it runs small because the style on most of the shirts and pants is fitted to show off your Yoga body.
  • Prana clothing seems to run slightly large, but does shrink if desired.
  • Hemp clothing runs very true to size, but may seem slightly small when you first try it on, however this clothing gets larger with age. It does tighten up in the wash but loosens very quickly after wearing it. It is EXTREMELY comfortable.

Why is there limited OMgirl stock/selection?

We have the largest selection of OMgirl clothing available online. All designs are not made in every color, so some designs might seem limited in colors, but if there is a color you are looking for, we are sure to have it in at least 2 designs on our site. Colors also change seasonally, so colors and designs come and go as the OMgirl line is very popular and sells out fast. Get it while you can!

Can you contact me when you get a new product shipment?

There is currently not an option to back order an item on our web site; however, it is possible to back order almost any item we carry. Please send an email to or call us toll-free at 1-877-227-3366 and give us the name of the item you are looking for and we will contact you by email or phone once the item is in stock again.


What would be a good gift for a yoga enthusiast?

Anything we sell on our web site is a great gift for a Yoga enthusiast! Some items might be better gifts than others depending on the type of Yoga your friend, colleague or family member practices.

For Astanga and Bikram students - or any Yogis who do a heat-building or "sweatier" practice - the Mysore Practice Rug™ makes a great gift, even if they already have one.

For Yogis who use props, straps or blocks are a great choice, particularlyour unique Bamboo or Rosewood Practice Blocks.

For any Yoga practioner or non-practitioner, our luxurious Silk Eye Pillows make a great gift by virtue of their ability to shut out darkness and relax the little muscles around the eyes. They soothe the senses with the relaxing smell of lavender during the common last pose in any Yoga sequence (savasana - corpse pose - relaxing while lying on your back). You can choose scented or unscented.

If you cannot decide on a gift, you can give a Gift Certificate in the amount of your choice. Gift certificates can be redeemed online or by phone, and you can select delivery by email for instant gratification or US Mail for the element of surprise.

We have a wide array of wonderful gift possibilities and have heard time and time again from our customers how much people loved their gifts from our web site. For more gift ideas, see our Yoga Gifts page.

Do you gift wrap?

Yes! If you wish to have your order gift wrapped, there is an option during checkout. We use beautiful Indian print blocked paper in a variety of colors and designs.

One item gift wrapped is $7.50, and additional items wrapped in one order will be $10.00 (shipped to the same address). Please note: Multiple item gift wrapping within the same order will be wrapped together in one box if possible.


What are my shipping options?

You can choose a shipping method and view actual shipping costs in checkout after you enter your shipping address.

Our shipping options are as follows:

UPS Ground Service:
Transit times for ground shipping once the package is shipping will be:
1-7 business days within 48 contiguous states

UPS 3-Day:
Will arrive on the 3rd business day after shipping. (Not including the shipping day. For example: if it is sent on Thursday, it will arrive on the following Tuesday.) Your order must be received by 2 PM Pacific Time to ship the same day.

UPS 2-Day:
Will arrive on the 2nd business day after shipping. (Not including the shipping day. For example: if it is sent on Thursday, it will arrive on Monday.) Your order must be received by 2 PM Pacific Time to ship the same day.

UPS Next Day Air:
Will arrive the next business morning by 10:30AM. Your order must be received by 2 PM Pacific Time to ship the same day.

We ship via UPS within 1-3 business days of receiving your online or phone order. Shipping costs are calculated based on the option you choose, your zip code, and the weight of your package.

We generally use the US Postal Service to ship to customers in Alaska and Hawaii. However, our website is unable to offer the option of calculating the cost of USPS shipping to Canada, so in some cases the cost of shipping by USPS may vary from the cost calculated when you placed your order. In this case, we will get in touch with you to ask your shipping preference, and arrange payment of any extra shipping charge if necessary.

UPS shipping service is also available by request. If you prefer UPS, please note this in the Special Instructions area of your order, or contact us at (206) 272-9642 or

International Orders:
We ship most international packages via UPS Global Express (approximately 7 days delivery time). Express is the most economical option available for shipping internationally while still having the ability to track the location of the package in transit to avoid losing the package between here and there.

International shipping rates are automatically calculated on your order during checkout based on your location and the weight of your package. We process international orders daily.

If you have any questions about international shipping, please email us at

Duty, taxes and custom brokers fees may apply for international shipping and are not included in our shipping costs. Please check with your country's customs requirements before ordering to know exact costs to clear your package from customs.

How do I track my order?

When your order is shipped, an email confirmation letter from Barefoot Yoga will automatically be sent to the email address you entered in your online order. The letter will provide your shipping details and information on how to track your package (exceptions: P.O. Boxes are not trackable on this system). If you cannot locate this email, you can find out if your order has been shipped by simply clicking on Your Account. You'll be asked to login. After that, you'll be able to view your order history. Click on the order date to see if and when your order was shipped.

If you still need help, please call us toll free at 1-877-227-3366, M-F 10am to 4pm Pacific Time or email us at and we will help you track your order.

Can I ship to a P.O. Box?

Our website does not recognize P.O. Box addresses. For the quickest delivery service, please provide a street address for UPS delivery. If you do not have a street address and must ship to your P.O. Box, please call us to place your order at 1-877-227-3366. We ship to street addresses daily through UPS. (Please Note: your package will arrive faster and generally cost less to send to a street address through UPS. If you can ship to a work address or a neighbor you can save time and money.)


How do I return something?

If you are dissatisfied with any of our products, we will exchange it, replace it, or credit your account within 30 days of purchase, less shipping costs (note exceptions below).

You may return unused and unwashed items only in good, saleable condition for a full refund. After 30 days if the item is still unused, unwashed and in 'like new' condition, we will issue a store credit. If returned items are used or otherwise not in 'like new' condition, they will be sent back to you at a minimum cost of $5.50.

Exceptions: Previously worn or washed garments, customized items, books, videos, cd-roms and special orders are non-returnable.

When returning an item, please send to:
Barefoot Yoga Co.
307 Nickerson Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Attn: Returns

Please include with your return the following:

1) Receipt or copy of receipt
2) Credit card information if card number used on order is no longer current
3) A detailed description of how you would like us to handle your return/exchange

All merchandise must be carefully packed and will be subject to charge if not in saleable condition.

Shipping charges should be prepaid unless otherwise arranged in advance. Original shipping charges are nonrefundable.


Where are you located? Can I come in and try something on?

We are located in Seattle, WA and are a mail order office/warehouse. We do not currently have a showroom for viewing our products. Everything is packaged and ready to ship. However, if you are in the Seattle area, know exactly what you would like to order and would like to save on the shipping cost, we can set up a mutually convenient time for picking up the item(s) at our location. Please call us at 206-272-9642 to set up an appointment. The best pick up times for us are 10am-3pm and 4pm-5:30pm, M-F. We will have the package ready for your pick up before you come.

We also offer 1/2 price shipping by request to Seattle area residents. When ordering online, just enter the promo code: HPSS or let us know in the "special instructions" area of the order cart that you would like 1/2 price shipping because you are local, and we will make the adjustment to the total on your order before shipping.

We do have plans for opening a retail space in our location where you will be able to view all of our products in person.

Will you be at any Yoga trade shows?

Yes, we do exhibit at several a year. Contact us for upcoming Yoga conferences where we will be exhibiting.

Do any stores or yoga studios sell your products?

Yes, over 900 yoga studios, stores and spas worldwide sell many, though not all of our products. If you'd like to see if there's a location near you, click here. If they don't carry the product you're looking for, please encourage them to consider carrying it.