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Yoga is more than simply a fitness routine. The term itself encompasses religion, its philosophy and the practices and disciplines, which define yoga. The physical exercise, techniques, and postures of yoga have sprouted variations that have catapulted the regimen into one of the most popular ways to stay fit and healthy. Practicing yoga requires specific equipment, tools and apparel that could be found in any nationwide retail chain. Yet, it is much more fun to visit a yoga boutique, the best of which are listed below, to enjoy all the discipline offers.

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254 Windsor Place,
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 541-1382

YogaSole in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, is well known for its commitment to the art of yoga, and the studio’s dedication to the local consumer base. To enhance the experience, YogaSole has recently opened its yoga boutique. Along with “functional, comfortable, and stylish yogawear,” the salon’s store will offer sustainable, handcrafted accessories. Yoga enthusiasts can also purchase the Jade (no-slip) Yoga Mat, which is environmentally friendly.

Upper East Side
1026 3rd Ave.,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 888-9642

With two locations to choose from in the Big Apple — one downtown and one in the Upper East Side — ISHTA Yoga sells props, skin and hair care, jewelry, and NEST candles, along with a full inventory of yoga gear to maximize your experience. ISHTA Yoga believes the “boutique is yours;” if the shop doesn’t carry what you’re looking for, the staff will order it for you! The boutique is an extension of all ISHTA offers, which includes classes, teacher training, workshops, events, scheduled retreats and spa services.

Jivamukti Yoga NYC
841 Broadway 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-0214

As one of the oldest yoga centers in America, Jivamukti Boutique is a natural extension of the school’s tenets. Both the New York studio and online store features cruelty-free, animal-free, recycled, sustainable, and organic products. Choose from an array of body care, Jivamukti clothing, recipes and yoga books, teas, spirit beads and a variety of gear every yogi requires. Most of what is available online could be found in the Union Square yoga boutique.

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Integral Yoga Shop
227 W. 13 St.,
New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-0585

Located at the Integral Yoga Institute, IY Shop enhances the experience of all that is yoga. IY offers books, meditation cushions, yoga mats, clothing and “spiritually uplifting gift items to inspire your journey of awakening. IY promotes sustainability and fair trade for over 40 years. Integral Yoga has branched out to health, nutrition and wellness with Natural Foods and Natural Apothecary, which endorses the true meaning of yoga: “Living with the body, mind, and spirit in harmonious union.”

Paragon Sports
867 Broadway,
New York, NY 10003
(212) 255-8889

Since 1908, Pargaon Sports on 18th and Broadway has been the go-to spot in New York City for sporting goods and apparel. While not relegated to all things yoga, Paragon boasts a large section of items related to and for the regimen. Choose from no-slip socks to Grippy Yoga Gloves, and all apparel and undergarments needed for a successful yoga experience, as well as equipment such as straps, mats, and yoga blocks. From June through August, Paragon Sports schedules fitness events in the neighborhood with Summer in the Square, including yoga classes.

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Deirdre is a freelance writer from New York, fascinated with topics within her field of study such as beauty, hair and fashion, as well as guilty pleasures like reality TV, relationships, entertainment and dining.