Taken from Mother Nature Network (May 27, 2011)
Organic yoga wear for music lovers
Musician Michael Franti has co-founded a new fashionable yoga company -- that makes organic fashions and donates 10 percent to nonprofit groups.
by Siel Ju
Photos: Courtesy Stay Human
I knew Michael Franti had green leanings, since I saw him perform at a Earth Day festival in L.A. a few years back (photo below). But recently I discovered the musician's become an eco-preneur -- combining his love for the environment and yoga by co-creating an organic yoga apparel company.
Called Stay Human, the eco-fashionable company offers stylish yoga clothes and accessories for men and women -- all organic, of course. You can get your entire whole outfit here -- from a green sports bra to an eco-fleece hoodie to ruched yoga shorts! Stay Human sent me its Downward Dog Pose racerback tank to try out -- and it's become one of my favorite warm weather tops. The organic cotton piece comes in a great fitted cut, complete with a shelf bra and doggie-illustrated directions for the perfect downward dog pose, in case you need a reminder!
That said, I can't actually wear this racerback tank to do yoga. To the left, you'll notice that the scoopneck tank actually falls quite a bit lower on me (and that I have a great farmer's tan from CicLAvia) than it does on the model on Stay Human's website. I'll warn you -- If you're a large B cup or bigger -- prepare to pop out as you go from chatarunga to upward dog if you dare wear this top during practice!
But the tank's perfect for a day out on the beach or around town -- so it still gets a lot of love from me. Want to try some of Franti's yogawear? Stay Human's having quite the organic yoga gear sale you should check out. From Heart Capri Pants for $39 to Berry Red Halter Tops for $22.75, there are a lot of great organic deals.
Plus, Stay Human also offers yoga-friendly accessories -- like stainless steel water bottles and even recycled note cards to send to your favorite yoga teachers. And a full 10 percent of whatever you spend will be sent to the Bumi Sehat Natural Birthing Clinic in Indonesia or Hunters Point Family in San Francisco.
Photo of Michael Franti Michael Franti at Wilshire Center Earth Day in Los Angeles, April 2008, by Siel Ju