Loved the feeling of lying on the mat. At first my feet slipped and it was hard to hold certain poses. As you predicted after about a month I got the hang of it and engaged my core more.
with just getting back into my yoga practice i had an eco mat of ten years and was wanting something of cotton, yes a yoga rug! I found this one and purchased a few days later. best yoga mat i’ve ever experienced. every asana feels connected and when you bring this mat outside your practice becomes a taste of bliss. so grateful to be apart of this community and so excited to see my practice grow with this yoga mat.
I needed a new yoga mat and was in search of something sustainable so even though the rug is pricey, I decided to try it. Cons (sort of): I have to protect my knees and wrists in yoga so I knew before I bought it I’d have to find a way to compensate for the lack of padding in some poses. The ridges actually cause your fingers to cup a tiny bit in poses like down dog, which is perfect for protecting wrists. I just make a fold and double it if I’m going to be kneeling for a bit. No big deal. The other con is my rug shed lint at first so I washed it and air tumbled it. That worked. Pros: After my first practice I was still on the fence so my husband took it to class and was sold immediately. The next day I was going to use my sticky mat since he claimed the rug, but found I was suddenly averse to the plastic feel. It was a cold day and the rug is so incredibly soft and warm, it’s really comforting and nice to touch. I found balancing poses were easier and more successful. The ridges are great for being aware of alignment. Like practicing on grid paper. Also everyone in class gathered around and wanted to touch and pet it, it really is that beautiful. So my plastic mat days are over, I ordered a second one for me. Out of the box I would have given it three stars, but it’s grown on me so much I became a five-star. I recommend watching the video they send, give it a gentle wash and air tumble right away, and keep a open mind because it is something to get used to the first few practices. It’s more expensive - but sustainable, handmade things are and it’s how we all need to shift to make a change in the world.
Ok, I originally thought “how good can an expensive yoga mat really be?” Wow, I judged too early. This is by far the best yoga purchase I’ve made. The mat is ULTRA soft, which is already a plus. Yoga is such an intimate and beautiful exercise that you want you’re environment to feel comfy and cozy. As far as it being a rug vs. rubber, it’s a non-issue. The ridges on the mat provide ample grip and it’s muuuch easier on your hands and feet. And the coloorrrssss. My wife and I both have one, (she has the rose and I have the indigo). The colors are really well put together and feel very natural. I can’t recommend these enough. I hope it’s the next mat everyone buys. Also take this from a guy that is not a yoga professional, I just appreciate details, and construction. Do yourself a favor, PUT ONE IN YOUR CART.