Time for the second update in the June Yoga Challenge brought to you courtesy of Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. This week I decided to take my yoga to a hot yoga studio three days. A few months ago, I always used to visit a yoga studio three days per week. As life got busier and busier, my time spent in a yoga studio fizzled down some. Needless to say it felt great to be back!
The one thing I have always disliked about going to [hot] yoga is the fact that I could never find a mat that I felt was suitable for hot yoga. I felt like I was always slipping and sliding during class and was worried that I was going to hurt myself. I started out with a really thin mat that I had purchased for $5 (the only reason I purchased this mat was to avoid using the borrowed mats or laying on the floor during the abs portion of classes at the gym. I am a huge germ-a-phoebe! I actually bought this mat at 5 Below so you can imagine the quality.
When I started going to yoga at a studio, I took my trusty little $5 mat along with me. Big mistake! This mat was so thin, I actually ended up with brush-burns on both of my elbows. So, I opted for a thicker mat. I purchased a mat at Dick’s Sporting Goods. It was very thick and solved my elbow problem. The one problem it didn’t solve was the slipping and the sliding.
Which is why I was extremely happy when the wonderful Eileen at Aurorae Yoga offered to send me a yoga mat to review.
I received the Aurorae Yoga Mat/Towel known as Synergy. Let me tell you, this mat is amazing!
This first thing I noticed about this mat was how light-weight it was. From the moment I picked it up on my front porch in the box from UPS, I could tell it was going to be very light weight, easy to carry and very easy to role up (all of which held true when I used it).
When I took the mat out of it’s plastic wrap. I loved the mat/towel combo.
I loved the fact that this promised to be slip-free and the fact that I didn’t need to bring a towel and a mat to class. Needless to say, I was very excited to put it to the test!
After using it for three yoga classes, here’s my opinion:
- Light weight and easy to carry.
- Definitely skid-proof.
- Great length — I’m 5’7″ and had plenty of room.
- Odor-free — no amount of sweating seemed to make it stinky!
I tried the tip about lightly spraying it was water before practicing — everyone should try this if you have a towel/mat combo.
I also got plenty of compliments on this mat. This is a product that every yogi or yogi-wannabe needs to check out!
Thanks again to Eileen and Aurorae Yoga for making my yoga experience much more enjoyable!