Like everyone, yoga teachers appreciate a thoughtful gift. Whether it’s Christmas, their birthday or a show of appreciation, a gift is a nice touch.
The issue is what should you buy your yoga teacher?
While you could get something generic, what you might not know is that there are many yoga-specific gifts they may appreciate.
We did extensive research and put together this list of 24 great yoga teacher gift ideas at various price points.
Gifts Under $20
There’s no such thing as too much cleaning spray for a yoga teacher’s mats. The workout they get on a regular basis needs frequent cleaning, so help your yogi out with a new spray that even comes with a microfiber towel designed to pick up dirt and leave nothing behind.
A full schedule means the studio floor gets a lot of foot traffic, but most studios also have a strict no-shoes policy in place. That’s why yoga teachers love grip socks that let them wear something lighter than a shoe and not as bothersome as a slipper that they would have to take off and put back on between teaching. The more pairs they have to choose from, the better.
A laminated poster of the most popular yoga poses like this looks great on the wall of a studio or a yogi’s office nook. An illustrated guide can help them with introducing proper form and basic steps to students who need a little extra help learning how to nail each pose.
These yoga pose stickers make a cute stocking stuffer gift. It’s also just as easy to slip a few packs inside of a holiday card, which means no wrapping involved. Choose different complexion and hair color options to mix it up between a few packs so your yogi has plenty of variety.
Customize a ceramic pen holder for your favorite yoga teacher’s front desk or home office. This trendy gift shows off all the most common yoga poses and includes the names of each one under every pose. Choosing a pen holder made of earthy ceramic material is a good fit for wellness guru. Pair it with a matching tray where they can stick a pad of paper for quick note-taking.
Ordering a year’s subscription to a popular industry magazine, such as Yoga Journal, is a great way to give your yoga teacher a gift that lasts. Not only can they stay up to date on topical resources for their business, but they can also explore new and interesting deep dives on special interests in the field throughout the year. It also makes a helpful addition to the front desk area of a studio for students to read up on those same topics between sessions.
Gifts Under $50
A handcrafted lotus chime with traditional bells from artisans in India is a lovely addition to any yoga teacher’s home or studio. They can hang them on the door to herald each student’s entrance or at home for a musical reminder they’re entering their sacred space.
Yogis who delve into the spirituality inherent in practicing yoga can appreciate a tapestry kit meant to aide them in meditation and visualization. This large fabric tapestry merges mystical images of the sun and moon to evoke otherworldly senses. It comes with a citrine stone for focus and an affirmation magnet.
Journals are thoughtful and meaningful gift ideas for yoga teachers. This option combines traditional notes and reflections with active daily planning for a year’s worth of use. Because its design doesn’t include dates, it’s a great present to give at any time for your yoga teacher to make all their own. They can track progress, explore their inner thoughts and plan for the future all in one convenient book.
As a symbol and sound, the om is an integral part of the meditative component in yoga. Large wall decals like this are easy to apply and remove, so your yoga teacher can pick a favorite spot in their studio to place this and use it as part of their class to help center everyone’s focus.
Traditional yogis know that certain hand positions are symbols of spiritual serenity and these deeply rooted practices in ancient philosophy are an integral part of their practice. This hand-carved gyan mudra, a gesture that can be seen when in the lotus pose, is a beautiful gift for the yoga teacher who loves jewelry and needs a holder to place it on between sessions.
Ayurvedic medicine and the yoga tradition often intertwine given their shared roots and similar goals towards whole-body wellness. Not only does this hammered copper water bottle look beautiful, but it borrows from Ayurvedic wisdom in promoting purification and reducing waste.
Gifts Under $100
Visualization and affirmation are important tools for the yoga teacher in the studio, so gifts that evoke imagery to remind them of their purpose and their goals are wonderful ideas. Consider a canvas print in a large or extra large size so that they can hang it in their studio or at home.
While so many diffusers are made of plastic exteriors and lend an artificial presence to the space, this one uses natural oak wood and an ultrasonic vapor release for an appealing look and gentle mist. Yoga teachers can appreciate the auto-off function and a choice between two light settings depending on their session’s needs.
The art of folding books into a paper sculpture is impressive on its own, but one in the likeness of the Buddha sitting in lotus pose will delight any yoga teacher with its creativity and skill. The meditative, mindful practice of creating art like this also promotes the same lessons on focus and control they teach.
Giving gifts meant for the studio are wonderful for the yoga teacher who may just be getting started with their path as an instructor. A yoga wheel can be used to help their students increase flexibility while they’re still learning or help them teach students with physical needs that can prevent them from achieving certain positions without help.
Help your favorite yoga guru keep their class schedule and bookings organized and easy to read with a framed magnetic chalkboard calendar. That dual-purpose functionality will give your yoga teacher the flexibility they need for shifting their one-on-one sessions around class dates and studio events.
Yoga teachers need to stand out from the class in order to lead students by example, so the traditional rectangular yoga mat can be a hinder their need to show positions from different sides. A large, circular style like this can allow them to really show off their poses from every angle while they teach without losing the protection and padding they need.
Gifts Under $200
19. Meditation Timer
Timers in a yoga class can be helpful tools when transitioning between different phases of positions, but so many alarm tones are jarring and can break the focus a student or teacher needs to maintain inner calm and outer control. This meditation timer has three sound profiles that mimic a gong and can be programmed with 50 set intervals in each of the 3 program profiles it holds.
Traditional Tibetan singing bowls are simple, effective instruments that help with meditative focus and stress reduction. Their full, smooth tones are popular replacements for gongs that are popular for use at the beginning and end of classes. Yoga teachers can incorporate the soothing sound of a singing bowl into their sessions easily and enjoyable.
Your favorite yoga teacher could probably use a quick and easy alternative to sitting on a mat or in an uncomfortable chair between their sessions. A durable, plush and comfortable modern take on a bean bag is a great way to give them an easily accessible option between the two.
Moroccan selenite crystals give off a cosmic glow all on their own that’s said to chase away negative energy and purify the space they’re in. They naturally form in mountain-like shapes that look like castles, so when they’re used as lamps and lit gently from within, they’re a breathtaking addition to any yoga guru’s favorite space.
The zen-inspiring sounds of an indoor fountain help create a calm, peaceful environment for meditation and exercise. A gift idea for a yoga teacher that incorporates natural elements for a meaningful purpose blends the traditional philosophies and practices perfectly. This fountain is light enough to sit on a tabletop and can be used indoor or outdoor.
Yoga teachers spend so much of their time looking after the care and wellness of their students that they probably don’t leave enough time in their life to tend to their own important self-care routines. Help them reinforce their focus and dedication to wellness with a subscription to a gift box service like TheraBox. A six month subscription will help your favorite yogi care for themselves over and over again.