Saturday, May 30, 2009
Athleta by Gap Inc - Online Yoga and Sports Wear
Hawaii has limited stores for yoga gear. I had to search high and low to find mats, clothing and other products for my practice. There's now a new solution...
The Gap Inc (i.e. Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime) introduces it's latest acquisition and addition: Athleta. This online store offers female clothing for yoga, pilates, hiking, biking, triathalon, tennis and other sports. I think their yoga line is the strongest and most extensive...and of course in typical Gap Inc fashion, these items will always go on sale. The best part is, they have clothing sizes for Petites!
Another store I love and that caters to Petite sizes is is Lucy. Lucy is an athelic store geared for women looking to combine quality material, fashion (clean, simple look), and affordability. (They always have sales!) Unfortunately Lucy is only on the mainland but Hawaii folks can order Lucy items online at www.lucy.com
In Honolulu, other places to shop:
Yoga Wear: Lotus Lily in Kaimuki, and Lululemon Athletica in the Ala Moana Center. Lululemon is on the expensive side, but has free classes such as "Yoga in Japanese," "Surf into Yoga," "Immunity Boosting," and "Self Defense" classes during the week/ends. Some days they have goodie bags for participants and other give aways. (check out their calendar here). Two other places I check is Nordstrom and Sports Authority (limited collections).
Yoga Mats: Lululemon (high end quality, $70), Lily Lotus (also quality mats), Birkham Yoga in Koko Marina Plaza ($20-30 range), Borders bookstore and Target (generic Giam) and Ross.
Yoga Accessories: Blocks, belts, meditation cushions, mat bags, cleaning sprays, foot and hand gear, etc. are at Lily Lotus and Lululemon. See too www.hawaiiyogastudio.com for online places to shop. If you order from Amazon.com, you can use the Mainlandgirl store on the side bar of this webpage for searches and orders of any kind. (thanks!)
Yoga Studios: I practice in the Iyengar tradition. Two studio in town for this tradition are the Silent Dance Center and the Iyengar Yoga Center. Hawaii community classes are the most affordable way to go and usually in the Iyengar or Hatha tradition. Other studios are listed at hawaiiyogastudio.com