Welcome to the WHY Boutique! We offer a wide selection of clothing and props to inspire and encourage your practice as well as make the studio-to-street transition more seamless! Choose from a number of top brands, including Beyond Yoga, Prana, HardTail, Zobha, Manduka, and Jade. We thoughtfully select each item in the boutique, taking into consideration which pieces are the best performing, ecologically sustainable, and can truly benefit your practice. These are the clothes we wear, the mats we use and the bags we carry. This stuff works.
We carry many books, DVDs and CDs covering topics such as yoga instruction, nutrition and health, and meditation. We provide these to supplement your studio practice, to share yoga with others, and simply to checkout what national instructors are doing. Many of these instructors have taught workshops at WHY. In addition, we are always evolving our inventory to support local artists or innovative businesses and often have a beautiful selection of handcrafted jewelry, cards, and hand-poured candles.
Our store hours:
Monday - Friday ... 9:00am to 8:30pm
Saturday ... 8:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday ... 8:00am to noon / 3:00 to 6:00pm
Brookstreet Café, at West Hartford Yoga, is the best place around to grab a quick healthy snack before or after yoga. We strive to carry only the absolute best and most unique products that provide the energy or replenishment you need. We have delicious baked goods and bars, exceptional glass-bottled water, healthy nutritional drinks and, of course, the power yoga necessity... coconut water! Everything in the café is free of refined sugar and dairy and many products are also gluten free. We are looking to enhance your experience of "snack" food and search high and low to find food companies that are serious about the quality of their products!
Choosing a Yoga Mat.
A mat provides stability for your practice. Yoga poses are always built from the ground up, so you want to make sure you can root your body into a surface that can support the type of practice you have. Things to consider:
Stickiness. Whether you engage in a sweaty power practice or a gentle practice may also factor into your decision. Sweat is slippery... your mat shouldn't be. Mats are called "sticky" if they have a lot of grip to them. Some mats are designed for sweaty practices because of the design or texture on the top. Natural rubber mats tend to be very sticky. PVC mats tend to be the smoothest and most slippery.
Thickness. Thickness is what makes a mat comfortable. A "standard" mat is 1/8" thick. There are other mats available that are at least twice as thick. Think about how you can best protect and cushion your bones and joints.
Weight. If you primarily keep your mat in your car, then weight isn't an issue. However, if you travel frequently or ride a bike, then weight can become very significant.
Environmental Friendliness. Some mats are designed to stay out of landfills while others become material for your compost. On the other hand, traditional PVC mats do not biodegrade well.
Cost. Standard PVC mats are the least expensive initially, but require replacement on a regular schedule. Premium mats might cost a little more, but will last longer. Some mats even have a lifetime guarantee. A high quality mat is the only piece of equipment you need for your yoga practice. It makes sense to go with the best.
Whichever mat you select, you'll want to also consider Yogitoes, a super absorbent towel that is the size of your mat. This is the best way to keep traction on your mat. Silicone, earth-friendly "nubs" do the gripping for you.
Questions? Give us a call at 860-953-9642 or send us an email.