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This beautiful yoga mat is truly a luxury. All natural materials and eco-friendly manufacturing process (no chemical adhesives) means this mat is good for your practice, and for our earth. It is bound in a colorful sewn edge. At 5 mm thick, it is suitable for all practices but especially comfortable for more still forms of practices such as yin or restorative. The linen top may initially have less "stick" than some other options, but after a handful of uses the linen will relax, achieving its "grippy-ness".
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We love these mats and are proud to offer durable and eco-friendly products. Our mats contain zero PVC’s or harmful chemicals and are 100% recyclable. Read more about these sustainable mats below in "Product Information".
About our Designs
Mandala The word Mandala is loosely translated as “circle” and is said to represent the universe surrounding us. The circle is also a universal representation of infinity, and the endless cycle of nature and energy. Mandalas come in an innumerable variety of designs, patterns and colors, but are always designed to give visual balance. During yoga practice, this visual balance may help you stay focused and present. Our My Yoga Essentials mandala is designed to incorporate the seven chakras in concentric circles, or wheels. After all, the word chakra means wheel, each of which, in yogic symbolism, represent the spinning energy centers of our being. The chakra symbols each have their own color, name, location, mantra and element. Read the more about the “chakras” in the tab below and see if you can recognize them in our mandala! You may even want to count the outer “petals” of each ring. How did we do?
We love these mats and are proud to offer durable and eco-friendly products. They start with a base of natural rubber from the best Hevea rubber trees. The rubber is collected (tapped) in a sustainable manner, not harming the trees and allowing them to mature and continue to produce the milky latex within the latex vessels in the bark. While natural rubber (latex) may cause allergic reactions for some (Try our TPE mats as an alternative!), rubber is non-toxic, non-slip/skid, waterproof, stain resistant, durable, has excellent flexibility and cushioning, and is recyclable. And because natural rubber is sticky when heated, our manufacturing process takes advantage of this physical feature to combine many types of surface layers WITHOUT the use of chemical adhesives.
For our Hemp Linen top layer, we use a blend of hemp and linen (called flax), which are both sustainable and renewable. These fibers are strong and smooth but become softer and more supple with use. These fibers absorb moisture, are cool in summer and warming in winter, have antibacterial properties, are insect resistant, are biodegradable and do not fade.
At 5 mm thick, our linen topped rubber mats have a bit of “give” for comfort but are dense enough to ground and stabilize you during your practice. These mats roll out and stay flat-no bunching or curling.
Our mats contain zero PVC’s or harmful chemicals and are 100% recyclable.
This is just a quick overview of a topic that has an abundance of information and depth. So it is not intended to be a comprehensive or detailed, but rather introductory. The chakras primarily represent energy. These energies are not something we can see or touch, but rather feel. There are seven of these energy systems, each of which are represented by their own color, shape, name and location in the body, beginning at the base of the spine and moving upwards above the crown of the head. As they move “up” their progression runs from basic, physical needs to the most spiritual, as their colors run from the warm tones of home, stability and roots to the cool tones of spirituality and connection with a larger universe.
Muladhara: Red in color, Muladhara is the root chakra, located at the base of the spine. Its mantra is LAM and its element is Earth. It is directly linked to the roots we’ve planted-how deep they are, how strong they are, and how supportive they are. Often associated with home, safety, security, water, food and family, it is a foundational grounded energy. The shape itself has symbolic meaning. The square represents rigidity and provides a stable structure for the chakra system to rest on. The upside-down triangle is the alchemical symbol for earth and the grounding energy of Muladhara. The four petals represent the four mind-states that originate in this chakra: mind, intellect, consciousness and ego.
Svadhishthana: Orange in color, Svadhishthana is the sacral chakra, located in your pelvis. Its mantra is VAM and its element is water. Water brings to mind fluidity, versatility and freedom. This energy is associated with your center of creativity, as well as intimacy, family and procreation. The shape is comprised of circles in connection with six lotus flower petals, and represents the cyclical nature of birth, death and rebirth. The circles also create a crescent moon shape reminding us of the connection between creativity and reproduction with the phases of the moon.
Manipura: Yellow in color, Manipura is the solar plexus chakra, located just below the heart. Its mantra is RAM and its element is fire. This chakra is your power center where you find you core strength and fire. It governs our self-esteem, confidence and personal identity. Here you’ll find a sense of purpose and self-motivation, but you may also battle ego while learning to balance personal power with compassion. The shape features 10 petals representing ten pranas in your body-five pranas and five upa pranas (breaths). The upside-down triangle represents the energy of the lower three chakras being concentrated and spreading these foundational energies up to the higher chakras.
Anahata: Green in color, Anahata is the heart chakra, located at the center of your chest. Its mantra is YUM and its element is air. This chakra represents everything that involves love, compassion, joy, forgiveness and acceptance of others. It is one of the most emotional chakras to tap into. As the central chakra, it bridges your physical power below and your spirituality and creativity above. The symbol features two triangles, upward and downward facing, intertwined yet opposing energies, to create a six pointed star. It is surrounded by 12 petals which relate numerically to energy channels.
Vishuddha: Sky blue in color, Vishuddha is the throat chakra. Its mantra is HUM and its element is space. It is the first of the three spiritual chakras and houses your ability to communicate and speak up for what you believe in. It symbolizes an open space from where authenticity and truthfulness can flow, ideas can be expressed clearly and you can be in tune with you inner and outer intentions. It is your voice. Symbolically, the triangle opening upwards represents the gathering of knowledge towards enlightenment. The 16 petals are associated with the 16 vowels of the Sanskit language, whose pronunciation is light and breathy, like the airy quality of communication.
Ajna: Indigo in color, Ajna is the third-eye chakra, located in the space between the eyebrows. Its mantra is SHAM and over all elements. It represents our intuition and the place form which our knowledge stems. It is how we perceive the exterior world as well as our own interior dialogue. The symbol continues the upside-down triangle, continuing to push knowledge towards enlightenment.
Sahasrara: Violet in color, Sahasrara is the crown chakra, located just above the crown of the head. Its mantra is OM, and its element is cosmic energy. It represents our spiritual selves and an interconnectedness beyond your physical experience. It can represent a divine unity with other beings and with the universe. The circle and lotus flower are a reminder of creation, unity, prosperity and eternity.
The symbols of yoga are not meant to be exclusionary or overly shrouded in mystery. Yoga never requires you to do or think anything that is contrary to your foundational beliefs. Many of its tenants are universally shared by other belief systems, such as the communion of people and the need for and gratitude towards a higher power. Everyone is welcome to join in yoga meditation and practice which celebrate with gratitude the joining together of the mind and body.
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- Gently clean dirty areas with a damp towel, paying attention not to use too much water. To remove stubborn stains, use a toothbrush and a small amount of diluted laundry detergent and gently work in a circular motion, then rinse or wipe away with a clean wet towel. Lay flat to air dry, out of direct sunlight.
- If needed, this mat may be dry cleaned.
- Do not expose it to the sun for extended periods of time.
- Do not immerse or leave water pooling on the surface for extended periods of time.
- When storing, roll with the linen surface facing out.
- Do not keep mat close to a heat source for a long period of time to prevent rubber aging and adhesion.
- Your rubber mat may initially have a little smell. This is the smell of natural rubber, and is eco-friendly and non-toxic. If you are sensitive, please lay the mat flat for a period of time before using.