If you’re a passionate yogi, you spend a lot of time in the studio — and

If you’re a passionate yogi, you spend a lot of time in the studio — and you also spend a lot of time toting your mat to class. Yoga mat bags take the stress out of carrying a bulky mat that can easily unravel. Just roll up your mat, tuck it inside your bag, and head to class. Choose from oversized styles that hold personal items or other yoga equipment, such as towels and straps, or select a minimalist style that carries nothing but the mat. To learn more, read our yogi-friendly buying guide. Our favorite style, Kindfolk’s Yoga Mat Duffel Bag with Pocket and Zipper, features a boxy design that offers plenty of accessory and equipment space. Sling strap: Sling strap styles are a minimalist’s dream. These bare-bones carriers consist of a strap system that loops and locks around the mat. They’re obviously as lightweight as you can go, though the mat is exposed to the elements and you don’t have any storage options. Sling bag: Classic sling bags typically consist of a cylindrical bag and an adjustable shoulder strap. They’re lightweight and feature zipper or drawstring closures and occasionally have one or two small compartments, though yo...

For the fifth straight year, Whole Foods Market has come out with its top 10 list

For the fifth straight year, Whole Foods Market has come out with its top 10 list of most anticipated and innovative food trends for the coming year. Regenerative agriculture, West African foods, meat-plant blends and new varieties of flour are among the influences and movements expected to take off. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Which 2020 food trends on Whole Foods’ list offer the biggest opportunity for food retailers? Can you think of any trends that are missing? What will the changes mean for category merchandising and marketing? Some of these trends align with our consumer work. Quick, healthy snacking is still a massive growth area – with the emphasis being placed on the healthy part. Alcohol consumption is in decline among many younger cohorts so zero-proof drinks have enormous potential. What isn’t on this list is CBD. Like it or not, this is a massive growth area in terms of foods, confectionery and supplements. These seem more like a list of growth trends at Whole Foods which, if we’ve learned anything, is never indicative of any trend anywhere else. I think we’ve only scratched the surface of providing food so that people can eat healthier. Until we take that baby step, most...