Libby Andrews is what some might call a fitness fanatic. From the time she was in her first year of college, she was running five miles every day to keep the "freshman fifteen" from catching up with her. It wasn’t long before she was on the school crew team and adding swimming and biking to her workout regimen. So it was no surprise that after having three kids within thirty months Libby was doing her best to get back on track ....“I just took it one step at a time,” Libby said softy, “and each of those steps led me to the next. So many people don’t pursue things because they feel like they have to have all the answers before they do it. But that’s the definition of a journey -- you figure it out as you go.”
Yoga and Pilates are the missing ingredients in many fitness plans, the ideal complement to cardio and strength work. Here, just in time for the holidays, are four convenient, space-saving innovations and the timeless gifts of flexibility and postural alignment.
The Journal of Gerontological Nursing for Nursing Care of Older Adults featured Stick-e's Gloves for the elderly and anyone using a mobility device such as a walker. They also benefit those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, MS, Parkinsons and other autoimmune diseases.
The Stick-e® Hot Yoga Towel was recommended as one of 10 fitness items included in Remedy Health Media’s 2012 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide. The editor said, “We’ve worked hard to share with our readers a list of truly exceptional products that will help them lead healthier lifestyles, and we’re thrilled to include Stick-e in that list.” Please note Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dunham’s were both mentioned as places to obtain the towel!
SELF Magazine's November 2012 issue lists Stick-e Socks as a favorite product! "Sweaty feet may slip you up! No biggie! Wear grippy soled socks to help keep you planted. We're liking a toeless version from Stick-e.com for $20"
The fabulous CarolRoth.com network of experts, advisors and entrepreneurs provide their best tips for landing speaking engagements. Their answers are presented below in no particular order. Please see Libby Andrews' tip at #41.
Yoga is a fantastic way to increase your flexibility, gain strength, work on concentration, improve posture, build balance, and reduce stress. Yoga is a way to forget about the outside world and focus on you. You're able to let go of stress and just breathe. While yoga calls for minimal gear, here are some yoga essentials that you might want to add to your yoga bag.
One of the most notable problems that people who practice yoga have with regards to their feet is that in some positions their bare feet can slip and cause a fall. There are few things worse in yoga than doing a Garudasana Eagle Pose and end up crash landing on your beak because your foot slipped out from under you! Socks and slippers do not allow the toes to be free enough to grip and balance properly, plus they can overheat the foot causing it to sweat and slip even further...(click to read more)
Published in this year's gift guides for the Army Times, Navy Times, Airforce Times and more: STICK-E WRIST SAVER BLOCKS
Take the wrist-relieving benefits of the Perfect Pushup and apply them to a yoga block, and you get the Stick-e Wrist Saver. The stackable blocks are standard, lightweight foam yoga blocks with the addition of an internal handle to ease wrist discomfort and achieve a greater range of motion;
We all know exercise is good for you. As we talk about giving gifts that are good for you, we have to talk about Stick-e. I love Stick-e products, because they have everything you need to help you get started or take your Yoga/Pilates exercise to the next level...Now, I get to tell you how much I love the Knee and Wrist Saver® and gloves.
I love Stick-e products, because they have everything you need to help you get started or take your Yoga/Pilates exercise to the next level ...they don't do the work for you. They just eliminate obstacles and help you to have the best experience possible...My favorite product is their Yoga mat with Lasso strap.
Practicing yoga during the summer, or in hot studios as practiced with Hatha (or “hot”) yoga, sometimes doesn’t seem compatible. The heat makes you sweat, and sweat makes you slip on the mat or floor.The right gear can turn you from someone who does yoga to a Yogi....While yoga is the mainstay of the brand, Stick-e has a whole catalog of products that support yoga and other exercise disciplines....
Stick-e® Brand's yoga socks, gloves and other items have a, yep, sticky section on the key contact points to keep you from slipping. If you've never done yoga, trust us when we say these seem like a great way to keep a warrior pose from turning into a full-on accidental split....
Gift giving is meant to be meaningful and a thoughtful process. And for those who practice yoga, there are many selections for you to choose from.
Here are a few:
Stick-e Yoga Socks – These socks provide a non-slip sweat-absorbing environment for all your barefoot exercises. The sock has arch support and a seamless construction that provides a better fit. The socks are also packaged in a reusable mesh bag for laundry purposes.
Stick-e Wrist Saver – These cushioned non-slip wrist savers provide support on the wrist joints. Many people with carpal tunnel concerns are huge fans of this brand of wrist savers.
Stick-e products can be found on amazon.com and most sports retailers. For more information visitwww.yogastickysocks.com.
If your downward facing dog is interrupted by sweaty palms, slipping and un-zen-like internal curses, you’re not alone—you’re in luck. Slide on a pair of slip-proof Stick-e Yoga Wrist Savers, which help keep you firmly planted on your mat during weight-bearing poses. The Wrist Savers are nearly weightless, so they won’t disrupt your practice, and they also alleviate pressure on your wrists so you can hold your planks a little longer. Created by the inventor that brought Yogis the Yoga Stick-e Socks, you can pick these up online for $20 at stick-e.com.
Another common gripe in yoga (at least for me) is that my sweaty feet slip and slide all over the floor. But, I'm not about to give up the feeling of my individual toes connecting to the floor. That's where Stick-e Yoga Socks ($19.95) comes in. Your toes stay exposed, they absorb sweat and provide a non-slip grip, not to mention they let you practice comfortably everywhere, no matter how slippery the floor is. (They offer gloves that provide the same benefit, too. You know, in case your hands "glisten" when you hold downward facing dog for more than 30 seconds.)
Problem: You love practicing your yoga; you’ve perfected every move with great precision. But many of the yoga positions require you to balance on your wrist, sometimes causing sharp pain. You don’t want to ditch your downward facing dog, but your wounded wrist needs some time out.
Solution: For moves that require resting the weight of your body on your wrist, use a Yoga Stick-e Wrist Saver ($19.95, Amazon.com). The internal padding offers firm protection and guards your wrist from injuries that can occur with one-too-many yoga moves by alleviating pressure on the joints. So you can breathe a sigh of relief and go on with your Plank position with painless ease.
Working up a sweat is great, but not when it makes your hands slip and slide on the mat. Yoga Stick-e Wrist Saver to the rescue! The new workout tool provides a slip proof grip while also supporting your wrists. Its internal cushioning elevates the heel of the hand, decreasing extension and alleviating pressure on your wrist joints -- the result of which is a painless push-up or Plank position. And no need to don and doff for the rest of your session: The one size fits all supports are virtually weightless ($19.95; yogastickysocks.com).
This morning we look at some gift ideas that will also keep a healthy body in mind. Joining us this morning is nutrition and health advocate and CBS 2 blogger Charles Platkin. December 19, 2009. (Charles recommends the Yoga Stick-e Mat with 3 in1 strap).
No matter how much you love yoga, taking a yoga mat on a trip may seem a little over the top. Yet, either for traction or hygiene, many people prefer to have something between their feet and the surface where they're practicing, especially if it's a hotel room floor or a borrowed mat at a studio. The solution may be a pair of yoga socks.... Some yoga enthusiasts prefer socks to a mat, saying they gain freedom of movement. "Instead of staying within the rectangular confines of a yoga mat, socks can allow a person to spread out and find ease in a pose," said Kasey Luber, the director of Yogamates.com , an online resource for yogis.
...YOGA STICK-E SOCKS $19.95 a pair, www.yogastickysocks.com. These "soft and light" socks have half-toes, making them "easy to pull on," Ms. Ryder said...
We searched the country to find interesting, healthful gifts for you to give your family, friends and co-workers to help them live a healthier, happier life and here they are:
We searched the country to find interesting, healthful gifts for you to give your family, friends and co-workers to help them live a healthier, happier life and here they are:
Yoga Stick-e Mat: The mat is reversible with black on one side and blue on the other and has a center line to help with proper body alignment when posing. It comes with a 3-in-1 shoulder/carrying strap that can also be used during your yoga practice to help with stretching and poses. The mat can be washed and air-dried using the very same strap. Altogether it's a pretty cool mat. Available from www.walgreens.com for $49.99.
Stick-e® Brands provide ultimate holding power, perfect for traveling yogis
Often imitated, never compared, the newest line of Stick-e® Brands products gives any yogi ultimate holding power on the mat.
The Stick-e® collection features an entire line of go-to gear that seems carved from the mind of a beginning yogi or one that is moving into deeper postures or more challenging inversions (standing full wheel pose, anyone?).
Yoga for Outdoor AthletesWhen you hear the word “yoga,” your first thought may be of a roomful of blissed-out, chanting devotees. But as a growing number of serious athletes are discovering, this ancient practice can help strengthen muscles and build skills valuable for success in any sport. Whether you’re a climber, a cyclist, a runner or a skier, these tips will get you ready to grab your mat and discover yoga’s benefits for yourself.
Why try yoga?
Though yoga may initially appear gentle and slow-paced to those accustomed to high-impact exercise, it offers a challenging full-body workout. These are just a few of the ways yoga can help you step up your game:...
Must-Have Yoga Gear
Part of yoga’s appeal is its simplicity: You don’t need much more than a quiet spot and a mat to get started. These are some of our favorite yoga goodies designed to help you establish--and maintain--a healthy practice.
Original Yoga Stick-e Mat
Need a “cheat sheet” to help you perfect your poses? This reversible mat is printed with lines to help you maintain proper alignment. Its detachable shoulder strap can also be used to help with stretching. $48.95 yogastickysocks.com
What are Yoga Socks? Yoga socks or yoga toe socks help to keep your toes spread with ease. Yoga is about control, balance, and strength, including your toes and feet. Yoga socks allow your toes and feet to strengthen through a stretch and help to train them on cue each time your instructor says, “Spread your toes!” Yoga toe socks typically have a hole for each of your toes to poke through, ensuring increased flexibility. They also come in a mitten form, where your toes are enclosed but encased in toe compartments.
Yoga socks are a good way to achieve what the experts call yoga toes. Depending on the type you buy, you will gain improved balance through non-stick bottom grips along with full toe freedom. Toeless yoga socks are great to wear if you plan to go to class during the day. Wear them under your regular shoesor sandals and once at class, simply remove your sandals and begin your asana routine.
When I stumble off to yoga class, I generally have a wonderful experience...There is just one thing that drives me nuts...my bad moment comes when I am trying to get into Downward Facing Dog and my hobbit-like feet start to lose traction...
Scroll down to the introduction to Libby and click on Listen Here. When the program begins, you can skip forward to Libby's interview by sliding the control half way through the broadcast The interview with Libby talks about the steps and challenges of entrepreneurship along with resources for getting started.
There are over 5000 yoga studios in the US and many of these studios have a retail space where they sell yoga clothing and apparel, yoga props (such as yoga mats, yoga mat bags, blocks, etc.) and other items that appeal to yoga students. You have a product that appeals to a yoga audience, but how do you get your product sold at these yoga studios? ...Libby of Yoga Stick-e Socks, whose products are distributed at many yoga studios, shared some great tips on how to get your products in front of studio owners or buyers.
What do yoga and skiing have in common? They both need muscle strength and endurance, balance, flexibility and mental focus.
With the colder weather this year, our nearby ski hills and resorts have a great snow pack and have great ski conditions that should last through March. Others of you are gearing up for your spring ski trip out west.
To get you ready both physically and mentally for the slopes, YOGA is the key. Yoga not only helps work on muscle endurance and strength with many of the standing poses but in addition incorporates breathe and mind into the equation. Yoga can also help protect against injury by addressing muscle imbalances and improving flexibility.
This improved body awareness is important when navigating the terrain with other skiers and snowboarders.
Equally important is CORE strength when it comes to the slopes. By controlling your power through your core, you can alleviate some of the pressure on the knees and keep your body working in synergy. Many of my favorite yoga poses stretch and strengthen your abdominals and back muscles.
I'm a skier and the first long run of the year always turns on the burning sensation in the quads - reminding me of the importance of my yoga practice. I even attempted snowboarding for a day and it was crystal clear that body awareness and balance are absolutely required to survive on a board. Whether you are carving "S" turns on your skis or on your board - yoga is truly a great primer for these sports.
Check out a yoga class at your health club or nearby yoga studio. If you'd rather practice in the privacy of your own home, try Yoga DVD to teach you proper form.
A yoga mat is always recommended. The sticky property of a yoga mat keeps your feet in place and helps you hold the poses. If you are one of those people who are always cold in the winter or if your feet sweat a lot - check out Yoga Stick-e socks.
Being barefoot is key for a successful yoga experience - you can try these socks and still have that barefoot feeling. By Chris Freytag
These items help you increase physical activity and get the most out of workouts. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' new guidelines say adults should do at least 2.5 hours a week of mederately intense physical activity.
DON'T LET IT SLIP
The practice of yoga has been around for thousands of years so it's kind of hard to improve upon. Yet Yoga Stick-e Socks manage to do so. The comfortable sweat-absorbing material and sticky pads on the bottom allow you to hold tricky poses without slipping. $20 yogastickysocks.com
From a small, one product company, Yoga Stick-e Socks has grown into a diversified international enterprise with sales in a wide variety of locations, ranging from health clubs, sporting goods stores or walmart.com to health food stores, spas and more – all in one year...
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A proper yoga pose typically requires concentration, balance and careful body control. And nothing throws these off more quickly than a lack of traction. Sure, a good yoga mat can keep you from slip-slidin' away during most moves. But some people, especially beginners, can use a little added security, especially when feet get sweaty...
NEW STUFF... Stick-e Situation by Gerrie E. Summers
Yoga Stick-e Socks are sweat-absorbing, non-slip socks with exposed toes allowing your tootsies to breathe and grip. The socks are great for yoga, pilates, karate, and even pedicures. Available in small, medium and large (also men's medium and large) and six color combinations, $19.95. To order, visit www.yogastickysocks.com or call 252-762-2088.
The situation is a familiar one. You are getting ready for yoga, pilates, or dance class when you realize you don't want to touch the floor with bare feet (foot fungus? no, thanks.) and you can't wear normal socks for fear of slipping and sliding all over the floor. But, with the invention of Yoga Stick-e Socks, consider this predicament a thing of the past. Made with "soft-as-silk" bamboo, the non-slip, sweat-absorbing socks are, as founder Libby Andrews puts it, "the perfect combination of getting that barefoot feeling while maintaining the ability to hold different poses." And, at $19.95 a pair of either black or beige, you've officially run out of excuses for skipping your weekly yoga class. www.yogastickysocks.com. by Rachel Grice
To better reflect its new business, Libby's Luxuries LLC has changed its name to Stick-e Brands. Libby's Luxuries, based in Flossmoor, IL, started in 2004 as a maker of purses and jewelry, but last December saw great success when it released its newly patented Yoga Stick-e Socks. Since then, it has expanded the Stick-e brand with a full line of non-slip yoga accessories, says owner, Libby Andrews.
Today, the stick-e line includes Yoga Stick-e Socks, Yoga Stick-e Gloves, Yoga Stick-e Towels, Yoga Stick-e Mats, and the Hot & Stick-e Hip Hop Yoga DVD. New retailers include Bed Bath and Beyond, Academy Sports, Health and Sport, City Sports, Solutions Catalog, FootSmart Catalog and Walmart.com.
The new company name is on the Yoga Stick-e Mats that began shipping this month and will be on all future packaging as the company cycles through its inventory, Andrews said.
The company has also devised a new slogan: "Stick-e Solutions for Slippery Problems!" And it wants to solve more of them. Along with making her products a mainstay in yoga studios, Andrews wants to broaden the appeal of her brand to other sports, design new products specifically for those sports and create new sizes.
"We would like to see more martial arts, and dancers experiencing the benefits of Yoga Stick-e Socks and to launch them into children's sizes," Andrews said. "We also plan to build on the success of YOga Stick-e Socks and bring the same patented product made from other materials to beach and water sports, including surfing, sailing and beach volleyball."
Although Libby Andrews, MBA’94, has been creating handbags and jewelry since 2003 through her Chicago-area company, Libby’s Luxuries, she recently stretched her business to include a line of yoga products, like these patented non-slip socks—hygienic, sweat absorbent, and almost like being barefoot.
Sock manufacturer, Libby's Luxuries -- manufacturer of Yoga Stick-e socks -- recently announced four new products at the Health and Fitness Business trade Show and the IDEA World Fitness Conference.
Perfect for athletic women, Libby's Luxuries launched a Yoga Stick-e towel, providing a non-slip, sweat-absorbing, soft barrier. The back of the machine washable towel has two stick-e panels preventing the towel from slipping during exercise.
The Illinois based sock company is also introducing Yoga Stick-e gloves that absorb sweat, and a Yoga Stick-e Mat ...with an attachable/detachable shoulder strap that can be used to hang the mat to air dry or hang in the shower to wash easily.
Lastly, a Hot & Stick-e Hip Hop Yoga workout DVD is also offered with hip hop choreographer Dana Stevens. ..
If the Summer heat wave has you in a ‘stay indoors with the AC cranked up’ kind of mood, indoor workouts like yoga posing, dancing, or even treadmill running may be your best bet to beat the sun’s heat. Below are the latest and greatest products for the indoor yogis, runners, and dancers in each of us...
Yoga Stick-e Socks – 30 minutes into a yoga class, many of us feel a lot less zen and a lot more aggravated at the slip and slide action happening between our feet and yoga mat as we move from pose to pose. Yoga Stick-e Socks has got you covered. These non-slip sweat-absorbing pseudo-socks give you that barefoot feeling, while increasing your ability for better slip-free poses. They also protect you from the nasty germs and bacteria that are most definitely on your yoga mat.
One element cuts into your peaceful, easy feeling at yoga:the classroom mats.More specifically standing on them with sweaty bare feet, just like all the other practitioners before you.If you’re not willing to tote your own mat, Yoga Stick-e Socks provide a hygienic alternative.Cutouts for toes help youget a grip for poses.But the ... fabric provides a moisture absorbing, non-slip surface.They’re designed not just for yoga but also dance, gymnastics, pilates, karate and even pedicures.The socks are clearly touching a chakra.Bed Bath and Beyond has picked up the socks for 30 stores across the country.Yoga Stick-e socks are $19.95 at yogastickysocks.com, where you can also preorder the upcoming Stick-e Gloves ($17.95) and Stick-e Towel ($29.95).
The Novaks have been on a mission for the last few months to find more yoga and Pilates gear they can sell. In fact, they picked up an item called Yoga Stick-e Socks (www.yogastickysocks.com) after reading about the toeless crop socks (MSRP $20) with a rubberized sole in SNEWS in February. The sock company had just been announced as a finalist for a BrandNew award at the winter ispo show in Germany.
Founder Libby Andrews has been swamped with requests and orders for her socks and will exhibit at the Health & Fitness Business show in July to introduce what she calls a Stick-e Towel ($30.00) that has a rubberized strip on one side, created to solve the problem of towels that slip off benches, mats or treadmills. She's also off to create a "Stick-e" empire with a mat coming soon.
Yoga Stick-e Gloves By Alyson Mance June 9, 10:43 AM
Okay, this one's a personal Gimme. I love yoga, but I also have the clammiest hands in the world. Gross. However, there's now a company called Stick-e that makes gloves, socks, and yoga mats that stick to the ground so you aren't sliding all over the place while posing, and it's quite possibly one of the most clever-yet-simple inventions of the past few years.
On the socks and gloves, here's a little grippy gel pad where your soles/palms go, so you can enjoy a relaxing session without sliding all over the place in the meantime (all those other Clammy Sammies out there know exactly how ridiculously difficult Downward Dog is when your palms aren't cooperating).
Also, the fact that these were invented at all means there are more people like me out there, which is kind of a comforting feeling. I'm now addicted to these things!
Stick-e also has a "Hip Hop Yoga" DVD, but I don't know about all that.
Yoga Stick-e Socks – Owner and inventor Libby Andrews was blown away with the reaction to her toeless socks, just out in December, with a rubbery bottom for yoga. In fact, she said on the first day she already had distributors fighting over the rights for their country. They are a fascinating, simple idea that goes beyond yoga to dance, martial arts and other forms of workouts and practices that are best with barefeet but where you need a little grip or protection. www.yogastickysocks.com
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Inventor Libby Andrews wears a pair of her Yoga Stick-e Socks made from bamboo at the annual Action Sports Retailers show at the San Diego Convention Center in California September 7, 2007. [Agencies]Global warming may not only affect climate and the environment, it will also have an impact on clothes and fashion, according to design and retail experts.Savvy, environmentally conscious consumers are approaching clothes with a different mind-set and designers and retailers are responding.....
From some of my other posts you know I am a yoga fan. Yoga is awesome for stretching out those sore muscles you get from sitting too long at a computer…not that I…do that or anything. But I ran into a yoga problem at my new house. The room I like to do yoga in (floor to ceiling windows all along one wall) has a hard wood laminate floor and when you do yoga on a rug or a yoga mat…you slip and slide and almost break your neck…or smack your head into the brick fireplace…neither of which is very fun or calming. Even the so-called “sticky” mats don’t often work….I have a few different mats. Bare feet on the floor doesn’t work either…darn that oil slick in my family room.
At first glance, people may be thinking that moths or something may have happened to a semi-exposed foot once these yoga socks are worn. Actually they are designed to provide comfort towards people as well as being designed for an eco-friendly community the world has that is slowly shaping up today. ...
A new brand of eco-friendly footwear for indoor exercise called Yoga Stick-e Socks is expected to be marketed nationwide in the fall of 2007. These socks feature a unique, patented design to create a barefoot feeling while addressing the need for comfortable and hygienic foot protection while exercising indoors. ...
With the growing popularity of yoga over the last few years, yoga has become one of the fastest growing segments of health and exercise market. The newest patent to become available on the yoga market are Yoga Stick-e socks which should ensure you have your feet covered but still have that barefoot feeling...