One of the many reasons I love to practice yoga is because it doesn’t require a lot of “equipment.” Keep in mind, I ski, and that is a sport that requires a lot of very expensive equipment – from neck warmers to skis, and every layer in between, the equipment can literally weigh you down. So, when I am getting ready to practice yoga and all I have to grab is my mat, I am one happy yogi. If you are anything like me, your mat, (and everything about it), starts to matter a lot. I see long time yogis in classes with me who still have that worn and broken down yoga mat that they have been practicing on for years, because it has not only sentimental meaning, but like that old comfy t-shirt, they couldn’t be more comfortable with every aspect . Over the years I have collected a number or mats that all serve a different need – depending on where I am practicing, what style I am practicing and how far I have to go for my yoga practice.
I have recently acquired a new yoga mat, from the company Gaia Guy and have had the opportunity to use it in a number of different settings, including a very hot and sweaty class. Made from natural rubber, (on the bottom), and sustainable cork, (on the top), I love the fact that it is eco-friendly and renewable. I also like the natural color and look of the cork. While sometimes it is appealing to have a brightly colored or interesting mat, there is something equally appealing about having a natural looking and non-distracting mat underneath your feet. Since, I enjoy a hot and sweaty practice, I appreciate the fact that this mat is antimicrobial and has great absorption capabilities. That said, however, I would not use this mat in a “Hot Yoga” class without a towel. While it does absorb, it is not as fast as a hot yoga towel. When I practiced on this mat in a “Hot Yoga” class, I was glad I had a yoga towel toward the second half of class when the heat and humidity in the room were high. A quick wipe of the mat however and it dried very quickly. One of the things that I liked the most about this mat, is the fact that it felt very solid, durable, and stable. I felt that I had plenty of cushion and I can envision this mat having a long life.
I would highly recommend this mat and am so pleased to add it to my collection of well-loved mats.