Looking to feed your soul and find some one-of-a-kind items? We found both this past weekend at the Texas Yoga & Music Conference. Don’t let the name fool you: Besides hosting an array of yoga classes, workshops, musicians and on-site massage therapy, the Texas Yoga Conference also boasts a varied vendor area with artisans setting up shop from across Texas. Hosted at the India House this year, the conference was established in 2009 by the founder of Breathe the Cure, Jenny Buergermeister.
Walking into India House, our senses were immediately met by a mix of incense and oils, my favorite of which were the handcrafted face oils, creams, soaps and yes, even succulents coming out of Austin by the Sustainable Humane Earth, team of Tyagaraja Welch and Gunjen Mittal. I am a collector of face oils and Mittal's are amazing, affordable and made from all-natural ingredients. Did I mention that her face literally glows? If she is using it, I am using it.
Next up we sampled some of the homegrown tea from College Station's Om Grown Yoga & Tea Bar. Seems these Aggies have been brewing up quite a collection of special herbal blends custom formulated by a clinical herbalist to showcase flavor and promote health and wellness, with to sip for names like Lover’s Brew, Minty Magic, and Dream On. If you can’t find the time to get to College Station, they ship! Don’t forget to check out their 'yoga is my medicine' tank tops, too.
Next we ventured over to folks over at Atma's Offerings to get our mala on. Also from Austin, Atma and company have cultivated a great collection of beautiful handmade custom mala beads, journals and yoga clothing—and they offer online shopping via their website.
Do you need any of these to get to a higher plane? Not exactly... But they can't hurt, right?