Yoga is said to promote ‘direct intimacy with one’s self’.
Having your own yoga mat makes the practice even more special. Today there are so many options when it comes to yoga mats, it can be confusing about which one to buy. I can put my hand on my heart and say I researched these well and believe they are a good environmental option as well as being beautiful and practical.
Keys things I looked for when choosing mats for our studio were;
- Toxicity – Most yoga mats contain PVC, are loaded with toxins and emit harmful gases if they are recycled. Most often they are not recycled and end up as landfill. These PER & Jute mats do not contain lead,
- Biodegradable – this was BIG for me. The previous mats I used at Yoga Circle (for over 10 years) were rubber and cotton and 100% biodegraded – but I found out they were more toxic to produce than PER which lead to the research into a new mat supplier
- Obviously the organic jute component of the mat is 100% biodegradable.
- The PER component also biodegrades over time without the harmful emissions that PVC has.
- It’s all well and good to have environmentally friendly mats but they have to be practical. And for me these are the most beautiful mats I have ever practices yoga on. The breathability of the jute combined with high strength and flexibility the PER, and makes them excellent for grip, balance, durability and comfort.
Yoga Mat Design
The design of the mat was the “icing on cake”. The sacred geometry reminds us we are all connected to the seed of life, while the arrow invites us to move forward inviting love to ourselves and others, on and off our mats
I am a big believer in the idea that “every dollar we spend makes a statement about the kind of world we want to live in. I also believe we can use our dollars to create balance and enhance life in ways that are meaningful to ourselves and the world we live in.
Beautiful flower of life mandala.
I love the invitation the mandala and arrow bring to the mat and enjoy the sacredness the mandala represents. The flower of life is a sacred space; always returning to a point of stillness. It’s evenly spaced, overlapping circles, depicts the evolution of life within the aspects of time and space. Expansive and multi-faceted it represents, our connection to the divine source, the world, our body, our mind, our breath.
For me, the heart-shaped arrow reminds me to focus on and be guided by love, while the feather reminds me to tread lightly; reminding us that sometimes when we are pulled back it is so, we can be propelled forward.
The words ‘Yoga Tribe’ reminds me: I belong. We are one
This is, of course, is what we share when we are in class together: one tribe, deepening our connection with our common source.