If you checked the site and are wondering to yourself, “damn, why are these so expensive?” It’s because you’ve never truly had a mat that is like this. OKO is one of a kind. The mat and carrier are BEAUTIFUL. The stitching make you wonder why you’ve never learned how to make fabric pieces your whole life (because I’m sure it’s insanely hard), but the work is amazing. Every time I look down at the rug I think to myself how beautiful this creation is that someone else has made for me and my practice. I’ve always used a traditional mat with a towel over it. I don’t know why I’ve been doing this my whole life (not to slip!) with this rug there is no uncomfortable movement. I am no longer slipping. I ordered another one lol omg the rose quartz! So now I will have the travel mat and the “home” mat!! I wasn’t sure about the tassels at first, but after doing my practice it made it SO much easier to have those! This MAKES me want to practice every day. It is worth the purchase and sure to last a long time. Thank you OKO! You’ve changed my life. For real.
This is truly a work of art. I lived in India for 6 years and definitely understand the value of keeping the traditions of hand looming alive in their quickly industrializing society. As a consciously living yoga practitioner, I can honestly say this mat is the best of both worlds. You get the values of supporting the environment, local Indian traditions, Ayurveda, and ethically sourced materials in a mat that is actually functional. I've had other natural rugs that just slip around on the floor. This one is great bc of the natural rubber treatment on the bottom. It is also thin and light so its perfect for traveling. Even though its thin, it doesn't stretch or pull during standing postures. I will say it doesn't offer much support, which is fine with me but I would get the thicker one if you need more support for joints, etc. I also fold it and use for meditation. I was super excited to see a company implementing the tradition of Ayurvastra with specific herbal dyes. However, I do wish you could detect these more in the aroma. Although these mats are a bit costly, its an overall great investment. You not only get the mat which will last much longer than cheaper materials, but its good for the environment, supporting local and rural communities and you get a bag and soap nuts :) Def recommend! Omm <3
Lighter than any other travel mat I've tried and SO much better The aesthetic is amazing- it's gorgeous and I love that it's so different from anything I've seen before. The material/ texture is great and I'm able to practice without slipping. The most amazing thing about it (in my opinion) is how light weight it is! It's lighter than any other travel mat I've tried and SO much better. I'll be bringing it with my on my trip to Africa this week!