The Shared Heart of Yoga and Fair Trade

September 09, 2014

The Shared Heart of Yoga and Fair Trade

Yoga is a powerful part of our lives, and has been for many years.  Between attending thousands of classes, teaching classes, attending festivals and workshops, and providing yoga products to hundreds of customers, it’s become ingrained in our thinking and way of life.    
To boil yoga down to a simple catch-phrase is extremely difficult. There are so many different types of practices and flows, and it tends to mean something different to every yogi. But most of us would agree that a central tenet of any yoga practice is that mind, body and spirit are one, and that improving one aspect means improving all three.
Yoga is a vessel for improving the way we function, both out in the world and in our quiet, private moments.
It challenges the body, stretches the mind, and opens the spirit. It creates a channel for us to become better, more rounded people. We become more whole through our practice.
Yoga teaches us to be the best versions of ourselves, and to create a better flow in the world around us through our actions. It encourages us to think beyond ourselves, to try to understand the universe and our roles in it.
Not only does it help us to reflect inwardly, but it makes us adapt the way we deal with other people. You can’t truly assimilate the revelations yoga brings you if you can’t apply them to other people. Yoga shows us that to grow, we must be more patient, kind and gracious with ourselves - and just as importantly, with others. 

It’s at this point that yoga and Fair Trade truly intersect.

The aim of the Fair Trade movement is that we treat other people with the same respect and consideration that we apply to our own lives.
Like yoga’s approach to mind, body and spirit, Fair Trade’s core tenet is that production and consumption are two parts of the same whole. For consumption to be a positive force in the world, so too does the method of production.
Being conscientious about purchases - where they come from, who created them, and in what conditions - adds up to tangible, positive change in the lives of other people.

Yoga practitioners crave yoga products that have been produced in fair, ethical and safe environments, because they already understand honouring the spirit in others that is a reflection of the spirit in you - a true expression of 'namaste'.

"As fair traders it is our responsibility to serve this niche community (14% of American women) who inherently share fair trade values. Engaging yogi's in fair trade conversations and products can only grow and spread mindfulness into cross-sectoring markets."
Not only do yoga and Fair Trade aim to create the same improvements in us as individuals and in the world at large, but they also share a certain aesthetic preference.
Earthy and vivacious, colourful and interesting, classic yoga style connects deeply with traditional Fair Trade style. From jewellery and clothing to yoga bags and ball covers, the bright, energetic designs you find in Fair Trade goods fit perfectly into the unique and engaging style of the yogi.

Yoga and Fair Trade beat with the same heart.

They are expressed differently in our day to day lives - one focused on self-improvement and the other focused on world-improvement - but they are two sides of the same coin. Click here to expand your yoga-inspired jewellery collection, or to pick up a new Fair Trade yoga mat bag or ball cover, and honour the beauty and humanity in their creators that reflects the beauty and humanity in you.

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Ball Covers FAQs

Before you Order your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I measure my ball?

We urge you to double and triple check the size of your ball before you order! Do NOT trust the ball package.  Measure it, please. It is quite common for folks to not inflate their ball to the specified size and since we often design in small-batches, we don’t want you to miss out on your favorite design due to a time lapse postal delay due to mismeasurements!

45cm, 55cm, 65cm or 75cm is the height of the ball when correctly inflated but this is quite difficult to measure. A more accurate measurement is the circumference;

45cm ball (height); circumference = 56 inches (142.2 cm)

55cm ball (height); circumference = 68 inches (172.7 cm)

65cm ball (height); circumference = 80 inches (203.2 cm)

75cm ball (height); circumference = 92 inches (233.6 cm)

This is the size the ball needs to be for our cover to fit correctly. All of our covers are checked to fit balls of the specifications above.

PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with the classic ball chair. 

After you Receiver your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I get the best fit?

We now include instructions and a length of cord to make measuring your ball easier. Our covers are tailor-made to fit your ball snugly leaving no loose fabric.

Use the pre-cut string provided with your ball cover.  The string should wrap around the circumference (the middle of the ball) snugly without any extra length for a correct fit.

To double check you have purchased the right size:

Our strings are cut to 68” for a 55cm ball, 80” for a 65cm ball and 92” for a 75cm ball.

PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with some ball chairs. 

Now place the full circular piece of fabric at the top of your ball. This is the end WITHOUT the plug.

Wrap the cover around the ball gathering loose fabric towards the zip and then start closing the zip while continuing to smooth out loose folds of fabric towards the zip. When you get close to closing the zip completely, you may have some room to inflate your ball a little more for the most snug fit possible.­­



What are our covers made of?

All of our covers are 100% cotton and include a heavy weight YKK zip which wraps around 3/4 of the ball. This makes a close fit over a fully inflated ball possible.

Most of our covers are now made with non-stretch cotton but our cover pattern does allow for some give in the fabric. Our stretch cotton covers provide a little more flexibilty for inflation of your ball.

Who makes our covers?

Our covers are made by a co-op that we set up in Chom Thong, northern Thailand. Each ball cover includes a personal producer tag, giving you a short introduction to the face and personality behind the sewing machine : ).

Get to know our producers in our bios section.




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