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24 May 2022
OMG! So I've been doing this all wrong and chances are, so have you!
There is a better, and in my mind, a right way, to roll up your yoga mat.
I know, I know, I can hear you already - what is she talking about? All you have to do is roll it up, right? Wrong!
I promise you, there is a method to ensure your practice surface remains clean and free from all that dust from the underside.
Before I jump in to let you know the right way - let's talk Yoga.
Yoga, is a spiritual discipline originating from ancient India that focuses on bringing harmony between the mind and body. The word Yoga literally means union. It is the understanding and experiencing that you are one with everything. The practice aims to create union between the individual self and universal consciousness. This union and one-ness dissipates ego-driven thoughts and behaviours, creating spiritual awakening.
Yoga does not belong to any particular religion, belief system or community. It is universal and for all who wish to cultivate inner peace and well being.
Yoga is one practice that does not ask for a lot of gear however, for me, along with a yoga bag, a yoga mat is essential. Often, if you practice on carpet or rugs, it can get slippery and you won't be able to hold your poses correctly.
Yoga mats vary in thickness, weight and materials.
The thinner the mat, say 3mm thick, the more it allows for solid contact with the floor which helps with stability.
Thicker mats provide extra cushioning and are best for more therapeutic practices. Thicker mats are also more comfortable for forearm and kneeling poses and for yogis with tender knees or achy joints but they can be more difficult to balance on during standing poses.
What I've chosen to do is to have a thicker mat (10mm mat made out of rubber) laid down underneath a thinner mat (6mm mat made out of PVC) so that I can have the stickiness of the thinner mat (so I can hold my poses) but also the cushioning of the thicker mat.
Whatever mat you choose, make sure it is one that meets your needs.
When you simply roll up your yoga mat from top to bottom, what you're doing is you rolling grit and unseen scraps and dirt onto your mat's clean, practice surface. Even the cleanest studio has germs that will stick to the bottom side of our mats. To help stop the transfer of dirt onto the top surface, follow the tips below - this works best for thinner mats:
I've seen lots of ladies bring in back packs to their yoga sessions only to be lifting everything out of the backpack to get to the items in the bottom. This can only be described as frustrating at best.
Our Yoga bags are horizontal in design so everything can be laid out for your to see and access very easily. They are large in size so they can easily fit your towel, water bottle, change of clothes, make-up bag and anything else that you need. Everything is there within reach.
Handmade using organic cotton they are not only stunning in design but incredibly practical and come in three beautiful colours: - mustard, turquoise blue and navy blue.
So if you don't have time to be rummaging around in back-packs, we have the solution for you.