A Hand-Woven Yoga Mat with A Vibration to Match
A Yoga Mat Lover
When I began practicing yoga (ahem…a decade or three ago), there was literally ONE yoga mat on the market. Yep, one. It was purple. (And, yes, I still have it. I can’t quite let it go even though it is completely torn up…)
Now there are so many choices to mats: sticky or woven, thick or thin, rectangular or round, it can be so confusing!
But I am here to make your decision easier for you.
I love this mat from Yogasana, but for reasons you may not have considered when you have ordered before…there is so much more to a mat than knowing if you are going to stick to it.
“For Yogasana our most important goal is to try to give back, to be of service and bend-the-arc (a bit) towards the good. This is our rasion d’etre.”.”
First and foremost, as long-time readers know, my preference for product reviews are for companies I can get behind.
This company produces its mats in a region of India where cotton-weaving is a tradition and Yogasana’s work in the community gives locals jobs with an above-average income.
The company also supports the local children by donating books, pencils and paper to the children’s educational endeavors. When you buy a mat, a portion of the proceeds goes to the charity.
In 2017 over $10,000 was contributed to their educational charity, including donations by yogis when they purchased their mats, in addition to the give-back of Yogasana towards this cause.
It takes 10 days to make these amazing, handwoven mats and no electricity is used.
They are dyed their beautiful, earthy colors through natural processes, no synthetics. The dye water is then used to irrigate agricultural fields.
A single, master weaver works on your mat for three days — and you even receive a signature card from the weaver, a sign of the right of passage of the mat from the maker to the owner.
“A single, master weaver works on your mat for three days — and you even receive a signature card from the weaver, a sign of the right of passage of the mat from the maker to the owner.”
Did you know…
Many yoga mats contain PVC, a dangerous by-product of plastic?
Have you ever considered…is my mat harming me? We are so careful about getting rid of toxic chemicals and synthetics in our homes — that needs to include our yoga mat!
And how do you recycle it when you are done? You may reuse it in same way, but eventually the mat is added to the landfills of this world.
Energy and vibration…
Okay, so while I loved all the above, what really won me over was their reminder of what yoga is about. Yes, sticky mats allow our body to hold poses longer, they also separate us from the energy of the earth, the vibration.
The website encourages us to place one foot on a sticky mat and one on a Yogasana mat to compare. The difference was palpable.
While I still pull out my sticky mat for a good, long downward facing dog, this mat is now my go to, especially for restorative and yin practices. I can seriously feel the vibrational difference in my practice.
Order yours today…
Definitely check out their website and read more of the story of these mats. They are truly spectacular. And while you are there…order your own mat: Yogasana.