Certified Yoga Instructor/Fashion Blogger

Karin Chen Loo

Karin is a certified yoga instructor and HR director in addition to running a successful Instagram account about fashion, lifestyle, and more. She describes herself as "a Boho Girl living in a Yogi World".

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  • 10 Best Singing Bowls in 2022 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    10 Best Singing Bowls in 2022 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    You may not have heard of them before, but singing bowls are a great relaxation tool, making sounds and vibrations when hit with a mallet. They're traditionally used for meditation and can be used at home to get in touch with our spiritual sides. As with all spiritual objects, singing bowls are daunting to buy online. How can you know it’ll connect with you, that its sound will really soothe and heal? It’s a tough call, but it’s not impossible. That's why we did the research and created a buying guide full of tips on choosing a bowl, then introduce you to 10 of our favorites. Our top pick is Thamelmart for Beautiful Minds' Master Healing Hand-Hammered Tibetan Singing Bowl. It's hand-hammered and has a clean, beautiful sound. Read on to know more! 
    Music
  • Top 10 Best Women's Yoga Tops in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Top 10 Best Women's Yoga Tops in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    So you enrolled in a yoga class or signed up for a yoga streaming service. You have your mat and your props ready, but how about the clothes? Perhaps you have tried to practice wearing the souvenir T-shirt from your last vacation but found out that it might not be the best option. Sounds familiar? It's time to treat yourself to a quality yoga top!The selection of yoga tops available is enormous, and you might feel like you need some guidance to find the best match. Don't worry, that's what we're here for! We did the research and found out that Mippo Workout Tops for Women Workout Yoga Shirt is a great choice because of its versatility and breathability. Keep reading our top ten list and buying guide to learn more about yoga tops!
    Clothing
  • Top 10 Best Yoga Mats in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Top 10 Best Yoga Mats in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Yoga is one of the best exercise practices to pick up this year. Whether you've been a practitioner for several years now or you are starting from scratch, having the right mat will be essential for optimal performance. If you find you’re tired of having people’s sweaty feet marks near your face or if you're too tall for the average yoga mat, you should invest in your own! We made a list of the top 10 best yoga mats to buy, with our top pick as Yogibare's Extreme Grip Yoga Exercise Mat, and created a buying guide to focus on the essential considerations that you should think about before making your decision. 
    Sports and fitness
  • Top 10 Best Meditation Cushions in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Top 10 Best Meditation Cushions in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Do you find that meditation puts a strain on your back? Or is it too uncomfortable to sit for as long as you want? Then you may need a meditation cushion! These cushions help support you and ensure your posture is correct, enabling you to meditate longer and more comfortably.To help you sort through the options, we searched for the best meditation cushions available online. We chose the Meditation Cushion Round Lotus by Lotuscrafts as our favorite; it has a washable, natural cotton cover, and its buckwheat hull filling is sturdy and supportive. Check out the rest of our favorites on our top 10 list, and read through our handy buying guide to help you make your choice!
    Household goods
  • Top 10 Best Yoga Straps in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Top 10 Best Yoga Straps in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Not all yoga straps are equal. Some are better suited for beginners, and some for experienced yogis. Sometimes, preference plays a part, too. We'll help you find a yoga strap suited to your needs. Check out our buying guide for information on how to choose a yoga strap based on your level and experience.We've also picked out 10 great yoga straps based on customer reviewers, and Tumaz's yoga strap is our top-ranking product. It's well-made, comes in various length and color options, and offers a money-back guarantee. Be sure to check out the rest of the straps on our list!
    Sports and fitness
  • Top 10 Best Yoga Mat Bags in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Top 10 Best Yoga Mat Bags in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Are you tired of carrying your yoga mat around in your arms? Or maybe you just want to add some style and convenience to your workout. Yoga mat bags are a great investment if you travel to a yoga class, prefer doing yoga outside, or just want some extra storage space for your yoga materials. We've saved you time and effort by curating a well-researched list of the top 10 best yoga mat bags out there. Our top pick is Lululemon's The Yoga Mat Bag. This durable bag has a conveniently foldable water bottle pocket and an efficient, full-body zipper. Check out the rest of this article for the rest of our list and a guide on how to buy the best yoga mat carrier. 
    Sports and fitness
  • Top 10 Yoga Mats for Hot Yoga in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Top 10 Yoga Mats for Hot Yoga in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Finding the best mat for you and your yoga practice is incredibly important. The wrong mat can be incredibly distracting and keep you from receiving the full benefit of hot yoga. Hot yoga is great for stress relief, so you want to make sure you're doing your best so that you can be your best everywhere.We searched the internet for the top 10 best yoga mats for hot yoga, our favorite being the Warrior Mat from Alo. The mat is incredibly cushioned while not being too thick, allowing you to stay grounded and balanced while protecting your joints. This mat has an effective slip-free texture, and also sweat-friendly with its anti-odor, dry-wicking material. If this isn't the mat for you, check out the rest of the mats we've gathered for you!
    Sports and fitness
  • Top 10 Best Meditation Apps for iOS and Android in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Top 10 Best Meditation Apps for iOS and Android in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    As the world becomes more and more hectic and stressful, the need to take care of one's mental health has become more important than ever before. What better way to practice self-care than through meditation? People are drawn to the benefits mediation gives to both body and mind.It's easy to tell how popular meditation has become by all the apps that have popped up online. Not everyone has the time to attend sessions in a class! However, the sheer number of choices makes it more difficult to find the ideal app to use. To aid you in your self-care journey, we've analyzed the best meditation apps and highlighted their best points. All you need is a smartphone and you're good to go!
    Smartphone applications
  • 10 Best Meditation Books in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    10 Best Meditation Books in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    In the crazy, fast-paced world that we live in, it's often hard to focus your mind on one thing. Though it's good to be able to multitask, we're not meant to be mentally pulled in so many different directions our whole lives! We need rest. We need focus. We need release. Meditation helps you attain these by training you to hone your focus. As you focus on what matters, you'll find your mind cleared of whatever is unnecessary. Grabbing a book on meditation is a great place to start! Since we know that there are tons of books on this topic, we came up with a list of the 10 best meditation books for you! Our favorite is Practical Meditation for Beginners by Benjamin Decker. If you're not sure what kind of meditation will work best for you, his exploration of various types is a good place to start. Give the rest of our list a look and check out our buying guide to get advice on how to choose.
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Yoga Pants for Women in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    10 Best Yoga Pants for Women in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Are you trying out yoga for the first time or a lifetime yogi? No matter your level or ability, you’ll want the best and most comfortable pants to get the most out of your sessions. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, and if you’re not comfortable with your yoga pants, you’ll lose focus and won’t fully gain the benefits of a yoga session.It’s important to wear comfortable pants that are breathable and allow free range of movement. We've rounded up a list of 10 great yoga pants to help you choose. Our favorite is Athleta's Salutation Slash II Yoga Pants, as they're fit for a variety of yoga styles and feature soft, breathable fabric. Read on for our other recommendations, as well as a buying guide reviewed by a professional yoga instructor. 
    Sports and fitness
  • 10 Best Yoga Blocks in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    10 Best Yoga Blocks in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Are you looking for a little extra help in your yoga practice? Do you sometimes need a little extra support when reclining or stretching? If so, then a yoga block can help! They can not only support you but also help you improve your flexibility and stability as you work through your poses.We've thoroughly researched the yoga blocks available and have selected the 10 best that are available! Our favorites are the Yoga Blocks and Strap by Heathyoga. This pair of blocks are moisture-proof, comfortable to use, and made from high-quality foam. The blocks also come with a handy yoga strap. Check out our buying guide, too, which includes tip and tricks from a certified yoga instructor!
    Sports and fitness
  • 10 Best Yoga Books in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    10 Best Yoga Books in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Whether you are looking to improve the performance of your physical body, find some inner peace, elevate your consciousness, develop a spiritual practice or achieve ultimate union with the divine, yoga is a pursuit that can reap unlimited benefits. But you don't always need to join a class to learn yoga - you can start with a book! That’s why we have researched the best yoga books available for those just getting started or who wish to take their practice to the next level. We found that the best source of pure yoga being offered in English today is Sadhguru’s Inner Engineering. The author embraces the entirety of yogic science at its essence and makes it digestible to a wider audience. Check out the other great books in our 10 best list, and use our buying guide that has been reviewed by a certified yoga instructor!
    Books, CDs, DVDs
  • 10 Best Oil Diffusers in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    10 Best Oil Diffusers in 2021 (Yoga Instructor-Reviewed)

    Because many essential oils are not consumable, it's much safer to have them diffused through an oil diffuser. These devices disseminate essential oils into your surroundings, facilitating easy inhalation of the oil's essence to influence your emotions, cognitive function, and immune system.That's why we researched some of the best oil diffusers out there and came up with a list of our 10 favorites. Our favorite was Aromis' Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser because it's plastic-free and can diffuse potently in small or large rooms. Read on for nine other great options, as well as a buying guide full of helpful shopping tips!
    Interior and furniture
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