Yoga and Pilates are two excellent forms of physical fitness that continue to grow in popularity year after year. Yoga has been around for thousands of years while Pilates was created about a century ago. That makes Pilates a relative newcomer compared to the ancient art of yoga. Both yoga and Pilates are adept at lengthening and strengthening the body, particularly the core, and both fitness routines can be performed with a minimum amount of equipment. However, there is plenty of cool yoga and Pilates gear available to make practicing either yoga or Pilates even more fun and rewarding.
Kundalini Yoga Boston Boutique
186 Hampshire St.
Cambridge MA 02139
Kundalini Yoga Boston sells many yoga-related items in its exclusive boutique. From yoga CDs and DVDs to books and manuals about Kundalini Yoga, this local Boston studio has everything that yogis and yoginis need to practice their art at home or in the studio. The KYB holistic boutique also carries Spirit Voyage, a line of clothing that features natural fibers that are cool and comfortable for yoga practice.
Core de Vie
40 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Core de Vie sells women’s yoga clothing in its boutique that is flexible and comfortable enough for any Pilates class or yoga practice. They even carry Vibram FiveFingers footwear. These unusual shoes offer a clean and hygienic alternative to being barefoot in the yoga or Pilates studio. They also eliminate the need for a mat when practicing Pilates in a hotel room or yoga in the park.
1035 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
City Sports has a huge variety of yoga gear, including non-slip yoga socks and non-slip yoga gloves by GAIAM. Yoga practitioners who don’t use these non-slip accessories don’t know what they are missing. This chain of stores also carries yoga mats by brands like Nike, Yogitoes, prAna and SPRI. City Sports offers all the cute and comfortable yoga pants, tank tops and shorts that yoginis need. Everything from the yoga mats to the yoga apparel here is also ideal for Pilates work.
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223 Concord Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Majestic Boutique is located inside the Majestic Yoga Studio. It offers yoga gear from Zobha, Green Dragon, Goddis, Ancient Language and more. The unique yoga clothing at this boutique is suitable for practitioners of Pilates, too. Majestic Boutique also sells yoga props, practice CDs and DVDs.
8 Newbury St. 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Boston Body Pilates is much more than a Pilates studio. It also sells Pilates clothing like tank tops and capri pants, but the center’s pièce de résistance is the Boston Body Barre DVD that was created by Boston Body Program Director Zayna Gold. This DVD allows locals to follow a Pilates program at home that was designed to transform women’s bodies in just 30 days of use.
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