Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
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.
Masala and Bengal Blue with OM have long been our most popular rugs. Goa, Darjeeling and Jammu are also newer favorites.
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
SHIPPING AND ORDER TRACKING
We offer both UPS and USPS Priority Mail, depending upon your location. You can choose a shipping method and view actual shipping costs in checkout after you enter your shipping address.
For more information about our shipping methods, please visit our shipping information page.
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.
If you still need help, please call us toll free at 1-877-227-3366, M-F 9am to 5pm Pacific Time or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you track your order.
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 and special orders are non-returnable.
When returning an item, please send to:
Barefoot Yoga Co.
307 Nickerson Street
Seattle, WA 98109
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.
VISITING BAREFOOT YOGA
We are located in Seattle, Washington 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 9:30am-5:00pm, M-F. We will have the package ready for your pick up before you come.
Yes, thousands of 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.