Hello lovers. We may still be in the frosty grips of a wintery February, but there’s something about a holiday focused on melty chocolate and ooey gooey sentiments that tends to warm the heart. Either that or we should turn down this electric blanket we got for Christmas from its “oven roaster” setting. In any case, the love is there! We love you, we love yoga and we love doing giveaways.
WIN: We’re doubly pleased to be giving away a match made in yoga class heaven for many of us: a VerniceVita yoga mat and a NamaSTAY mat towel.
VerniceVita yoga mats are:
- PVC free
- 25% natural rubber in each mat
- Recycled packaging
- Ethically manufactured
They feature a layer of memory foam so your paws can press and your joints stay comfy because you love your body not bruising it up. Founder Rachael Ennis came up with the idea herself when she was looking for a mat that was firm but had enough cushion. So “Vernice Vita” (meaning “Paint Life” in Italian) was born. Read more about VerniceVita mats here.
And to literally “hug” your mat the NamaSTAY towels are designed to be slip-less in sweaty situations. They actually have sleeves that wrap around the corners of your yoga mat to keep it snug in place.
NamaSTAY yoga towels are:
- made with soft, absorbent, slip-proof, light weight, recyclable 80% Polyester / 20% Nylon microfiber towel fabric.
- equipped with sleeves so they stay in place and protect your mat.
- machine washable.
Read more about NamaSTAY towels here.
As if that weren’t enough, yoga valentines, we’re also giving away a very vibrant pair of V-Keen yoga crop pants! You’ve probably seen these fun prints and bold colors walking around your local yoga studio. Each piece in the V-Keen is uniquely hand made and produced with natural fibers entirely in NYC, USA with the highest labor and quality standards, founder and designer Victoria Keen is proud to disclose. The winner will have their choice of the crop pants. Check out the V-Keen collection here.
TO ENTER: Valentine’s Day, love it or loathe it, we can probably all agree it is a total and utter cheese fest. Weeeee. All that mushiness and over-commercialized hype can be too much, so let’s rewind back to the simplest form of heartfelt expression in poetic verse. Did you know the famous “roses are red, violets are blue” dates all the back to 1590? From the Sir Edmund Spenser epic The Faerie Queene. We simply ask you to take the traditional idea and make it your own.
Here, we’ll start it off:
Root chakras are red, smurf yogis are blue
we’d love a yoga valentine
how ’bout you?
Add your spin in the comments section to enter!
Details: The mat and the towel will be given away to one lucky winner. An additional winner will be chosen to win the V-Keen yoga pants. The giveaway is open until 11:59pm Thursday, February 14th. All winners will be chosen at random and announced soon after. Good luck lovers!
UPDATE: Wow, yogi poets unite! This may have been the most creative and entertaining to read giveaway, yet. Your poems were so great we put 23 of them in a dedicated love post to our yoga valentines. Congratulations to Linda for winning the VerniceVita mat and NamaSTAY towel and to Tracy for winning the V-Keen yoga pants! We thank and love you all.
Red is a color, blue is, too
they don’t have much to do with valentine’s day
but i love you.
Recycling is rad, Krishna is blue,
Kambucha is sweet, and so is a new yoga mat!
My power color is red, my aura shines blue.
My passion is yoga,
And I hope yours is too!
My Yoga pants are red, my sticky mat is blue.
Namaste to you, and you and you and you.
My mat is red
and your mat is blue
We began class as strangers
but leave as friends, anew.
Yoga is happy, not so much blue
I’m in my Happy Place
How about you?!!!
My face may be red, but when I’m feeling blue,
hot yoga is cleansing
and a great workout, too!
I’m seeing red, ’cause his thoughts are blue
I want to do yoga and he wants to screw!
My face is so red, your eyes are so blue,
What I really want to say is… I love you!
There once was a tall, sweet yogini
who knew absolutely nothing of kundalini
But when she walked in the door
and put her mat on the floor
her body became loose like linguini
After noticing that I didn’t stick to the rules with my first poem, I would like to
use this poem instead:
My lunch bag is red
my son’s shirt is blue (even though he took it off because it was such a hot day)
We’re two sun-kissed babes who love summer –
and weekly Parliament Hill yoga sessions too!
Still, I know it’s an older post~ but dang, the “tall, sweet yogini” is STELLAR!
My Svadhisthana pulses for you
as my Anahata expands and opens,
waiting for your love.
Oh happy baby, it’s Valentine’s Day…
Let’s get tantric!
I’m heading to bed; are you coming too
Wrapped in your arms..all is well..I love you..<3
Yoga bods strong and healthy with sinew
Yoga minds clear with restless thoughts few
My body is stressed, yours is too,
Let’s go to our mats
And arise anew
yoga before bed, and in the morning too
to keep my center, to power through.
my yoga mat is violet, the sky above is blue,
I love to practice outdoors to feel fresh and renewed
Breath of fire makes red, pigeon makes blue.
Yoga introduced me to me,
and thats how i met you!
First I shall sit, then learn to be,
connecting mind, body, and breath,
I find samadhi.
Poses on head, legs up too
Child’s pose is sweet
Savasana a new
It’s Valentine’s Day, so it needs to be said
If I didn’t have my yoga,
my soul wouldn’t be fed.
poems are hard. savasana is easy.
winning this contest would be the bee’s knees-y!
My heart pumps the red, washes away the blue – the blue that tries to consume and hides… concealed – undetected – telling fibs
Yoga is a lifestyle, TRY IT! You’ll be hooked too
Beet juice is sweet, and yoga is sweaty,
For my Valentines Day yogi I will make whole wheat spaghetti.
Hot yoga make me red,
No yoga makes me blue,
Vinyasa keeps me moving
So that is what I’ll do.
Muladhara is red,
Anja and Visdduha are blue,
From svadisthana to sahasrara,
My anahata belongs to only you.
Roses are red
violets are blue
sometimes when I am twisted or upside down
I think of you?
Base Chakras are red,
Throat Chakras are blue,
I love YogaDork,
I really do!
thoughts still, mind bright; delight delight delight
four hands, one heart; to breathe to burn to light
A mat of red
a towel of blue
I’d love to get sweaty
at yoga with you
My blood pumping is red, (though it’s actually blue)
My spine lengthened so much this class,
I feel like I grew!
Poses are read,
From my yoga book and blew,
But I try again,
Until it’s not new.
My face is red, toes black and blue.
Might rethink this yoga stuff.
Nah, how ’bout you?
Muladhara’s red, and I am not blue
‘Cos my spouse of 2 decades now does yoga too!
bikram yogis are red, anusaris are blue
kumare teaches us the true guru is you!
My lips are red, my mat is blue
Yoga is my sanctuary,
And so are you.
Bikram is red hot
The fifth chakra is blue
Yoga is awesome
and so are you!
asanas are red, bad bad thoughts are blue
i thank yoga for happiness
i thank faith for fining you
…and a new yoga mat too?
A new mat in red, a towel in blue,
giveaways are sweet,
Namaste to you!
My mat is blue,
My pants are red.
I still have no luck,
Standing on my head. 😉
My yoga mat was red, my yoga blocks were blue,
I used to have a strap; but my cat scratched it up too.
Chair pose brings dread, pigeon brings “ooh!”
Return to my breath
My yoga mat is red, I’m feeling blue
I’ve been missing Yoga
Because of the flu
An ode to the cutie who sits in the back corner:
My mat is hot pink, your eyes are bright blue
I caught you looking last week,
I hope you enjoyed the view.
root chakra red, yoga mat blue,
some poems rhyme,
but this one doesn’t.
My yogi nose is red, my yogi toes are blue
I love my heated vinyasa yoga, I cannot wait until Winter is through
My heart opens up in my vinyasa flow,
I spread light and love to all,
My face is red from hot yoga,
But my eyes are still so blue,
I hope you have a great valentine
And all your loved ones too!
My cheeks are red, My fingers are blue
Why yoga in winter?
Because this love is true!
Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga too
I love all types of yoga to refresh and renew!
My yoga mat is red, My yoga pants are blue
But none of that matters, valentine
As long as I get to practice with you!
My breath is like fire, my heart is true blue
I am most authentic on my mat
Where I shine most true
A Yogi’s Valentine
V is for invigorating vinyasas, while
A is for relaxing adho mukha svanasana.
L is for loving my body for it’s
Equilibrium and balance.
N is for no judgments, while
T is about finding time
In the morning, afternoon, and evening.
Root chakra is red, throat chakra is blue,
Heart chakra is green, and I’ll share mine with you.
Without yoga in my life
What would I do?
Poems are asanas when breathed come true,
my heart chakras fed with chants of You.
My face is red,
My toes are blue,
My shirt rides up,
Why? I have no clue.
Sweat pours down,
Puddles hit my mat,
Grunting and groaning,
By the time I sat.
Hot Yoga, my love,
You make my heart beat.
I’ve lost fifty pounds,
You make my life sweet.
My passion is red, my mat is blue
my love is Divine, and Divine are you.
My heart is red, pumping blood that’s blue,
and radiating lovingkindness for all that’s good and true.
Faces are red and hearts sometimes blue.
But the world is my valentine. How about you?
I’m standing on my head over you.
Will you do a shoulderstand for me?
Flowers are boring, candy is too.
Yoga’s where I’ll be, with a new mat to boot! 😉
Happy Valentine’s Day
My hair is so red
My eyes are so blue
My heart’s full of love
I’ll give to me and you
Powerful poses are Red
Yoga Dorks are True Blue
Levine is Devine
Won’t You Be Mine?
The body and mind,
I wouldn’t be kind.
Pingala is red.
Ida is blue.
In our search for balance,
we tend to jump back and forth between the two.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Vinyasa is red
I love them equally
How about you?
rubies are red
sapphires are blue
don’t need to give me jewelry
to “nama-stay” with you! ♥
You can’t love another
without first loving self.
Thank goodness I found yoga
to take my heart off the shelf! 🙂
Lotus flower is red
Lotus flower is blue
the light in me
loves the light in you
Work days are stressful,
Some evenings too!
But yoga is always there for you!
Apples are red,
Clear skies are blue,
I love to do yoga,
How about you?
VerniceVita mats are full of memory foam
Comfortable and pleasant so your mind doesn’t roam
Balance and introspection and focus abound
When your mat stays in place and makes no sound
NamaSTAY mat towels are purposeful and true
A dry mat will make practice better for you
Look inwards and recognize the peace thats in place
Then open your eyes with a smile on your face
For all natural yogi clothes that are up to the task
V-Keen will help you glow and in comfort bask
Patterns of blue and red may appear
Throwing these on will help your yoga this year!
The pitta in me
Yearns for the kapha in you
You cool my fire
But light my desire
Together we are both higher
Our blood is red,
Our blood is blue,
Look in our hearts,
See love of every hue.
I’m not always organic-fed, my pants aren’t Lulu,
but from my heart center, I wish
a Valentine Namaste to you!
Stepping on the mat to this new day
I kneel to the ground with hands to pray
Setting an intention as I inhale
Opening my heart to every exhale
Gaining peace, love, and infinite possibility
I regain my life to perfect tranquility
Yoga is my life,
Yoga is true,
come to my class
and I’ll share it with you.
At first I just thought Yoga was fine,
But now that ive practiced enough Yoga will you be mine?
My bolster is high and my props are on the ready
yoga for me is about slow and steady 🙂
Come share the bliss and float away
To all fellow yogis –
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Let’s stretch together
Your mat next to mine
With yoga in our lives
We’re gonna be just fine ♡
Root chakra is red
My partner’s eyes are blue
Sharing our practice
Strengthens my roots
crow pose turns your face red
handstands make you blue
you may not love yoga
but this yogi loves you!
(for trying) <3
Hot yogas my peace,
Where I worry the least,
My mind is quiet,
I bask in savasana’s silence
Challenging my body everyday,
Learning to love others in a whole new way,
Thankful for giving myself the chance,
And honestly, who doesn’t love yoga pants?
My yoga mat is red,
Krishna is blue.
After practicing yoga
Vday love seems more true.
my mat is black
my dog is brown
when we come together
there is never a frown 🙂
Yoga is grace, yoga is true
Our hearts open every time we practice
and we love you more, too.
yogi hearts are red, yogi mats are blue, yogi toes are any color, yogi breath goes all the way through.
You light up my mula bandha
When you chaturanga!
Of my love most true
Dreaming of some
Stretch time with you
Sitting at work
Wishing for sweat, so cleansing –
How would I love
Some hot organ rinsing!
My mat is red,
My boyfriend’s is blue.
Tomorrow is couples’ yoga class,
for me and my boo.
chanting Aum in my head
Hoping to imbue
by loving you.
birds of paradise are red, lotuses are white,
hip-openers on v-day
make my strut a delight
My jade mat is red
My manukau is blue
My prana mat is squishy and slippery too
A color and practice for every day of the week.
To remind me to open to the yoga I seek
Roses are red, violets are blue.
If I ever get to scorpion-
I’ll be ecstatic, it’s true!
From baddha konasana
To down dog through chatturanga
Will you join me in sweet savasana?
Asana heals and Yoga ensues.
Root into the earth
To rise heavenly
Life is divine
When we live sattvacly
My Sun Salutation burns red,
On my mat I’m not blue,
Yoga spreads the love to us all,
Namaste to you, too!
My base chakra is red,
My third eye is blue,
Yoga’s my muse,
How about you?
I like yoga.
And yoga stuff.
My mantra is compassion
My peak pose is wheel
While I’d do anything to flow,
it is your heart that I wish to steal.
My toenails are red, your wall is soft blue.
I lift into handstand and leave a little polish smudge for you.
It’s Valentines Day – over chocolate we drool
When I was knocked up I did yoga moves in the pool.
It’s Valentine’s Day and the sun is shining!
I’ve connected with all of my loved ones and friends to spread and share the love around and had smiles returned in the moments we live in the present.
“I live my life in a way that when i get really old, I get to look back at my life and say: aaah I lived it, not survived it.”
Hearts are red, BlueJays are blue
Life is devine
And love is all around you.
Roses are red, heart chakra is green
I’m grateful for backbends, if you know what I mean.
roses are red. violets are blue. chaturanga. this aint a haiku.
Roses are impermanent, violets are too.
Yoga touches eternity and love inside of you.
Yogis can bend, yogis can flex,
Life without yogis is a pain in the neck!
Daily in warrior, in half-moon, in dancer,
And without my savasana, I’m a pain in the asana!
Cheers to hoping to win! Thanks for the fabulous creative comment!
Roses are red. Violets are blue. I hate rhyming. Uttanasana tells me I need a pedicure.
Kali is red
Shiva is Blue
Hanuman opens his heart
Ganesh removes obstacles for you!
Roses are pink, yogis are too, I need new pants, because my bird took a poo. 🙂
Ooey and Gooey
and over the top
When you step on your mat
you know you will rock
My face is quite red
After Vinyasa Flow
Once my oxygen returns,
I have such a glow
My animal instincts
Come out in full force
Crow, eagle, is there a horse??
Share in my practice
Together we’ll be
Yogi’s from heaven
Om shanti shanti
Yogis are old folks, yogis are tweens
Everyone can be yogi
Just try it and see!
Yoga toes are red, foam blocks are blue,
Asanas I love like crazy,
Down at the monkey zoo,
Love is red
Calm is blue,
yoga is sacred,
and so are you.
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