Thursday, July 28, 2011

Yala's Mandala Tote - Hand Made in India Receive a Free Clutch with Purchase!

Yala has been spreading it's wings, and if you don't know already, we now sell organic cotton clothing and bags, hand sewn in India. Co founders, Nancy and Chelsea Morgan, traveled to the factory in India to meet the staff and see the production process in person. They were amazed by our skilled sewers who do it all by hand!

Watch this short video to see for yourself ...

Our Mandala Tote is this season’s must-have accessory – funky and functional, you will use it over and over whether you’re going to the beach, the gym, the grocery store or work. Made of 100% organic cotton, the Mandala Tote is also durable, with four pockets on the outside, and another pocket inside. In two brightly colored designs, your only problem will be deciding which one.

Now through August 4th buy a tote and receive a 
FREE matching clutch ...

Until Next Time,

Team Yala

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yala Wanderlust Survival Kit!

Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's best yoga & wellness teachers and top musical acts & DJs, all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. Yala is excited to participate this year in offering some of our favorite bloggers a Yala Wanderlust Survival Kit!

Yala's Wanderlust Survival Kit: 

Tie Dyed Soft Frayed Edge Pashbu® Scarf - Yala Designs

Never heard of Wanderlust?

It's filled with fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Getting your down dog on at the top of the mountain and sipping poolside cocktails with your crew. Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances.

A place to root down and rise up, to get centered on your yoga mat and get funky on the dancefloor – lux rooms, fresh healthy food, and good people. Yoga, music, nature, and a whole lot more. This year discover Wanderlust in Squaw Valley, California from July 28th to 31st.

A special thanks goes out to our participating bloggers and we hope you Yala at Wanderlust in all of the joy that life has to offer!

Elephant Journal, EcoRazzi, Yoganonymous, National Yoga Travel Examiner, Yoga Dork, Living Maxwell, Care2, Teehugger, Cheeky Chicago, Y is for Yogini, Live Love Yoga, Devil Wears Prana, San Francisco Yoga Examiner, Bay Shakti

Until Next Time,

Team Yala

Friday, July 22, 2011

Chapel Hill’s Twig is Green Without Envy!

Located in North Carolina, Twig is an eco-friendly specialty shop where you can find both practical and beautiful ways to bring high quality, earth friendly choices into your life. We are so happy to partner with stores like Twig who carry Yala product! Their lovely store has been a partner of Yala since 2009.


From yoga class to the market? Twig has you covered with Yala's BambooDreams®  Circle Top and Organic Cotton Aspire Long Pants - perfect for bending in every direction. Add a BambooDreams® Sophie Wrap, your stainless steel waterbottle, reusable grocery bag and curl earrings and you are ready to hit up the market on your way home.

 Owner of Twig: Shawn Slome with dog Bwana. Twig store front.

Voted 2011's ‘Best Environmentally Friendly Store’ in The Triangle by Indy’s Reader’s Choice Poll, Twig is dedicated to the betterment of our planet, its people and its communities. Congratulations Twig!!

Twig's best selling Yala product happens to be one of our most consistent best sellers as well. The BambooDreams® Sophie Wrap (pictured above in Smoke) is an essential piece for every wardrobe.

Owner's Pick: Yala's BambooDreams® Cleo Pajama Set. Shawn says his wife, Candy, who’s a movement instructor, really enjoys how the piece flows. We love it too, Candy!

Shawn with the Twig staff. "You can feel good in knowing that what you buy at Twig does make a difference and is serving a greater good," says Shawn.

Make sure to check out Twig on Facebook!

Until Next Time,

Team Yala

Bamboo Dreams® Circle Top - Women's Eco Friendly Tops - Yala Designs
Sophie Short Wrap - Bamboo Dreams® Women's Wrap - Yala Designs

Soft Frayed Edge Pashbu® Scarf - Yala Designs

Cole Haan ballet flat shoes
$138 -
Drawstring bag
$35 -
Wooden jewelry

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

15 Amazing Uses for Bamboo that will Surprise you!

The uses for bamboo have evolved over thousands of years, stretching across countless cultures. This fast-growing grass continues to be a popular sustainable resource; bamboo’s uses in the 21st century can still surprise you! 

1.  Motorcycle Helmets
You wouldn’t think it, but the durability of bamboo makes it an ideal protective covering for your noggin. This bamboo motorcycle helmet passed E22-05 safety standards in the UK.

2. Weaponry
Bamboo swords and staves (a long stick or staff) have been used for thousands of years—as training implements in the kendo tradition of Japan and in India bamboo staves are constructed for stick fighting, a form of martial arts training.
3. Air Fresheners and Odor-Absorbers
This is an image of a Chikuno cube, a Japanese counterpart to the boxes of baking soda commonly found in refrigerators throughout North America. In addition to odor-absorption, bamboo charcoal also acts a dehumidifier.


4. Alternative Energy
Another ‘green’ use of bamboo is as a building material for alternative energy installations. In many rural settings, like this one in Yangshuo, China, bamboo is a primary material for building waterwheels for hydropower. Bamboo is also used to make blades for wind turbines.
5. Beverages
Eschewing traditional grains like barley and hops, beer made with bamboo offers a unique flavor suitable for your bamboo-derived repast! Making bamboo beer requires a process of fermenting the rich natural sugars of the plant’s sap. This beverage is naturally enjoyed in Asia where bamboo is plentiful, but is also found extensively in Africa, though only during rainy seasons.
6. Bicycles
Bamboo bikes are a union of natural material and a highly innovative industry. The development of bamboo bicycles led to a number of programs that supply such bikes to developing nations. This affords greater mobility to residents of remote areas and helps improve their quality of life. Bamboo bike projects also allow people to build their own bamboo bikes, using locally sourced bamboo.

7. Cars
Not one to ignore the plant’s versatility, engineers and scientists at Kyoto University in Japan have utilized bamboo in the construction of electric cars. Although not the most aesthetically pleasing vehicle, this Kyoto bamboo electric car is representative of the evolution of an emerging industry now highly dependent on plastics.

8.  Computer Hardware
The use of bamboo for aesthetic purposes seems ideal within the world of computers. Given its rustic look and durability, bamboo has been used to enhance computer hardware, making it more than just monochromatic pieces of plastic and metal. Bamboo is used for hard-drive cases, keyboard covers, computer mice and other types of computer hardware.

9.  Fishing Equipment
It comes as no surprise that bamboo—difficult to break yet easy to bend—is commonly used in the construction of fishing poles. But did you know that bamboo is also used as a support for large fishing nets? In some rural settings, such as those found in places like Vietnam, bamboo is used in the construction of fishing boats, too.

10.  Footbridges  
Given its durability and strength, bamboo is an easily workable, light and extremely stable building material. It is an exceptional material that withstands large amounts of weight, making it suitable for footbridges in rural settings. There footbridges made with bamboo planks and binding materials span chasms and river systems to enable the travel and commerce of locals living in remote areas.

11. Health and Beauty Products
When heated, bamboo charcoal is made into a medicinal vinegar, used in places like Japan to treat minor skin conditions like eczema. Bamboo products like this are also known for anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
12. Kitchenware

Aside from helping knives stay sharp, bamboo cutting boards are incredibly stylish and much easier to clean than typical plastic cutting boards.

13. Musical Instruments & Equipment
Many of us have seen the bamboo pipes commonly associated with the Greek god Pan, but have you seen bamboo speaker cabinets? The tan hue of the bamboo gives speaker enclosures a rustic look, and are a perfect complement to conventional black speakers.

14. Architecture
Bamboo is the stuff of green dreams these days. Not only is it a winning combination of strong, lightweight and flexible; it also scores highly in the sustainable stakes, being super fast growing and easy to harvest locally in many parts of the world. What's more, it is increasingly being lauded for its aesthetic qualities. None of this is news to any architect worth their salt – but one in particular, Vietnamese virtuoso Vo Trong Nghia, stands out for his exceptional bamboo designs.

15. Clothing
Not content with only making your skin beautiful, bamboo makes beautiful clothing as well. Bamboo has become a popular choice in durable, air permeable, soft fabrics, and is used in to make clothing, bedding, underwear, baby diapers, blankets, bags, hats, and much, much more.

Make sure to discover all of the uses of bamboo that Yala has to offer!

Meehan, Chris. 19 Interesting Ways We Use Bamboo. Build Direct Green Blog. March 14, 2010.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Yala! Showing Now at Americas Mart in Atlanta

Yala is off to the summer trade shows! Starting the season off with one of our favorite places to visit, the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishing Market. Yala founders Nancy, Larry and Chelsea Morgan and Sales Rep Amanda Giomi arrived a few days early to set up the booth in preparation for debuting our new fall lines.  We're excited to share our new offerings with you.

Amanda (left) in Yala's New BambooDreams® Harlow Top and Nancy (right) in Yala's New BambooDreams® Mia Tunic

Chelsea in Yala's New BambooDreams® Long Sleeve Laurel Wrap 
and next to Yala's new scarf collection. Keep an eye out for new styles coming your way soon!

New hand printed scarves from India!

New printed bedding by Yala!

Here is a sneak peek at the fall line from Yala... many pieces available now! Hand Printed Scarves from India, the long awaited BambooDreams Printed Bedding, cozy nightwear, and flattering clothing. Plus our popular Silk Fleece Throw in new colors.

Yala's New BambooDreams® Izzy Pajama Set
Yala's New BambooDreams® Piper Cowl Dress

The show opened this morning and already the booth is filled with shoppers! Check out our 'New Arrivals' page to see the latest in Yala fashion.

Until Next Time,

Team Yala