I’m ridiculously lazy when it comes to exercise, but I’ve been a fan of yoga ever since my dance teacher made my 15-year-old self do sun salutations at the start of each class.
Ever since, I’ve dabbled in a few odd YouTube sessions and I’ve also had the chance to take part in a variety of classes (including a delightful morning session in Byron Bay, Australia)
As 2017 kicks in and the usual New Year’s resolution to get fit comes back around, I decided to start by adding a small dose of yoga back into my life.
I’d been looking to replace my rather worn yoga mat in recent months so I was pretty chuffed about getting the chance to try out one of the amazing designs from Yoga Design Lab.
The brand was started by Canadian surfer/yogi Chad Turner who sold all his stuff and moved to Bali in 2014 in order to launch the fashion-forward, eco-friendly mats. What a guy!
I don’t know much about the making of yoga mats but I was pleased to see that these bad boys are created with biodegradable natural tree rubber.
The unique tree rubber is then bonded to a luxurious microfiber top layer designed to provide extra grip with sweat, ideal for hot or sweaty yoga.
Apparently the mat works best when you are sweaty because it has been designed to give you better grip, love it!
I’m not someone who has reached the levels needed to do hot yoga just yet but I’m excited to give this a proper test when I am able to.
I’ve found the mat doesn’t feel too bad when I use it for a quick (sweat-free session) but I just give the mat a light spray of water when I do a full session to help engage the wet-grip feature.
Another nice feature of the mat is the use of water based inks for their printed designs! Plus, the very handy carrier strap makes the mat easy to pack away and travel around with.
Have you ever tried a Yoga Lab mat? Are there any other brands you recommend?