9 Best Yoga Teacher Gift Ideas To Show Your Appreciation

Here is a lowdown on my nine favorite yoga teacher gift ideas to surprise your beloved instructor on a special occasion and where to find them. Take a look.

Running yoga classes can be stressful sometimes, and your instructor needs a break too. That doesn’t mean you must buy a plane ticket to another continent to delight your teacher, but a small, thoughtful gift will speak a thousand words. Here are my nine favorite yoga teacher gifts that are not only meaningful but also unique and practical.

1. A Crystal Singing Bowl Or A Metal Tibetan Bowl

A metal Tibetan bowl is a thoughtful gift to help your yoga teacher incorporate mindfulness and introspection into their personal life. Even better, they can use it in their classes.

Some of the best advantages of a metal Tibetan bowl are to promote relaxation, healing, and stress relief. Your teacher can use it either at home or in the studio as an ending ritual to wrap up a meditation. If you cannot find a reliable store in your area to get one, I highly recommend checking out this golden singing bowl you can buy online. It comes in a complete set, including a mat cushion and a stick for playing.

2. A Yoga Mat Cleaner

I didn’t even know there was a product specifically designed to clean up yoga mats. So instead of gifting your teacher a mat, why not go above and beyond with a natural and organic mat cleaner they can use any time? It will be a waste if you don’t know which color or material your teacher is fond of to buy the right mat you are sure they like. However, a yoga mat cleaner goes a long way.

Yoga teacher gift ideas
A yoga mat cleaner goes a long way

Your yoga teacher will love yoga mat cleaners with organic essential oil and natural ingredients that leave no residue. And above all, choose one that has no parabens, phosphates, or bleach to accommodate all types of mats and props. You might also enjoy our guide on how to make yoga mat cleaner.

3. A Good Quality Body Brush

Your teacher is in desperate need of exfoliation after the class closes. Breakouts, rashes, and dryness build up over time, especially when they cannot find the right products or time to wash away all their sweat after each class. That’s when a body brush comes into play. 

There are tons of popular body brushes, including eco-friendly brushes, sturdy handle brushes, vegan brushes, brushes for sensitive skin, and many more to choose from. Don’t forget to tuck it in a nice package with a handwritten letter too. You might find our list of yoga goodie bag ideas helpful.

4. Saffron 

Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, and diuretic, saffron is one of the most valuable spices in the world. High-quality saffron is nowhere close to an affordable commodity, but it’s the best way to express your gratitude towards your teacher, especially if you have been taking their classes for a long time.

If you can’t afford such an expensive item, I would advise you to switch to evening primrose, ginger, cayenne, or astragalus. These herbs are an energy tonic that’s good for chronic joint inflammation and the immune system.

5. A Mandala Necklace 

A gemstone doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg if you know where to get the right one. This Diamond Accent Filigree Mandala Pendant Necklace will make a precious gift for a teacher. One thing I like most about it is how it complements many different outfits. 

6. Incense Sticks 

Candles and essential oils are some of the most sought-after tools to assist a relaxing yoga session, but have you ever thought of incense sticks? Other than for prayer purposes, incense sticks bring out intense fragrances and powerful effects to enrich your teacher’s sacred space as well as the studio.

You can get a set of sticks made of lavender, sandalwood, rose, Egyptian jasmine, or myrrh. If the set you buy doesn’t go with a holder, you can buy a separate one in a lotus or a wooden boat shape.

7. A Yoga Tank Top

Your yoga instructor might appreciate some new yoga outfits. Make sure you purchase a quick-drying material with a neutral color so they can mix and match with different outfits.

If your teacher likes to stick to a traditional style, you can still choose a classic design with a small modern twist, such as this cotton knot front cropped tank with a covered back. Check out our yoga outfit ideas for more inspiration.

8. Eye Pillows

An eye pillow is a gift of rest, soothing the eyelids and stimulating the vagus nerve so your teacher will wake up refreshed and more energized than ever the next morning. In some classes, the eye pillows are also used for face-down positions, during savasana, or at the end of the class.

Some of the pillows are unisex with neutral and classic colors. They can also be made of cotton or linen, stuffed with flaxseed filling and whole lavender buds. You can either buy it as a solo item or in a set of multiple pillows of different colors so your teacher can have a spare or one to share with loved ones.

9. A Gift Card For A Massage Treatment

A young woman enjoying a back massage at a spa
They are in desperate need of a physical release to reduce muscle fatigue

Do you have a favorite spa you’ve loved and enjoyed for years? Consider buying your yoga teacher a gift card, so they can unwind without the pressure of running a class. For yoga teachers, I’m sure they are in desperate need of a physical release to reduce muscle fatigue, improve performance, and create more body awareness.