Yoga Poses and Yoga Mats

Yoga-phobe I am not. In fact you could call me quite the opposite. lisamatkin I love yoga and have been practicing on and off (mostly on) for nearly15 years.  My pal Dharma, from Dijital Dharma, is on a 30-day Bikram yoga challenge and has inspired me even more.   This pose, urdhva mukha svanasana, or up-ward facing dog, is a favorite of mine…and I can actually do this one.  Here the lovely Lisa Matkin demonstrates–wish I could say it was me…

Here are some poses that I love…but can’t do, demonstrated by yoga rocking Sean Corn, and the hippy Jivamukti Yoga founder Sharon Gannon:



What I’m challenged with today is a ripping yoga mat.  I’ve had this cool orange sherbert colored mat, made by Gaim, for some years now, more than 8 I would guess, and through the years have bought others and given them away to budding yogites like myself, and simply because the new mats weren’t good for me.   Last year I went on a quest for a new mat in my area, because, well, my mat was starting to seriously shred.  When I wear my black yoga pants, I’m spotted with tiny flakes of orange.  But it still is the greatest sticky mat.  Last year I figured — it was time.   I purchased a new Gaim mat…safe to get the same kind again, right?  Evidently Gaim, famous for all its holistic yogic living, has decided to start making its yoga mats in China, have dropped the price to around 20 bucks instead of 30, which my original cost, resulting in the very basic yoga mat that sucks.  When I opened it the smell of the dye or the plastic or whatever burned the nostrils, and of course, did not induce a very pleasant yoga practice.  It was extremely shiny and slippery–Down dog was impossible since my hands continually slid right from under me.  Took it back.  Disgusted with Gaim company.

Next came a natural fiber mat…yada, yada, yada.   Didn’t smell, but I slipped on this one also.  Lastly, I tried a Nike mat which we spotted at Olympia Sport, where my daughter was eyeing some expensive sneakers.  Cool, I thought.  Which color should I take: the pink and gray, or the blue and tan.  “Pink and gray, pink and gray.”  So I unrolled this one at home.  No smell, nice line down the middle for alignments.  But, it is not a sticky mat.  I slid again, and sweated on my palms almost instantly.  My daughter took this one-since she picked it.  yoga mats

Today, my mat lost a serious chunk, right where foot placement occurs regularly.  Shredded it out during plank pose.  Only a short matter of time before I chatturunga right through.  (That’s a yoga push-up for the non-yogites out there).

So, does anyone have a yoga mat recommendation for a 40-ish chick who sweats like a normal person, but slips on most mats?  I would order on-line, but I don’t have any idea which ones really work.  They all make promises.

I am still at peace however…faithful that enlightenment will come…

Namaste peace…

POST Update:  I did finally find a pretty good sticky mat.  Wai Lana has a nice line of eco-friendly mats, with a recommendation that you give the new mat a bath in mild detergent to enhance stickiness.  It worked!!

8 Responses to “Yoga Poses and Yoga Mats”

  1. I can’t halp you here, Jenn. I’m one out-of-shape motherfucker. Sorry.

    Have a great weekend!




  2. Jennifer Rains Says:

    SB, It’s never too late…even for out of shape motherfuckers. Peace…loveya.


  3. That made me laugh. Jenn. Thanks.


  4. i really like the floral yoga mats, is there anyway i can purchase them?


  5. Judy, I think the floral yoga mats are a Gaiam product from a few years ago. I’m not sure if the company still carries them. Thanks for the visit.


  6. Hi,

    Love your writing and insight! Wondering if I could locate or borrow the picture of your three mats for some internet work that I am doing.




  7. Geni, I think you can use the yoga mat picture for online posts. I believe the yoga mats are from Gaim, so is you want to credit them you can. They, as far as I know, though very pretty, are not available anymore. Thanks for the compliment and visit again!


  8. Will surely recommend this site to some friends! Very interesting site and articles. Really thankful for sharing. Regards,


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