I recently joined Yogaworks and I absolutely love the array of classes they offer! Prior to Yogaworks, I was taking yoga classes at Equinox. Majority of the classes I took at Equinox were Vinyasa Flow (approximately level 2 to 3) and lasted only an hour long. At Yogaworks, I practice about 5-6 times per week and about 2-4 times per day. Some of the classes last 1.5 hours and I’ve had the privilege of taking Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa, and even meditation classes! I have definitely found my own local yoga and meditation studio! I try to practice as much as time allows me. Yoga is liberating and it has enabled me to focus on my strength and balance life on and off the mat!
Now that you know a little about my yoga practice, it’s time to move onto the good stuff!
Jade Yoga Mat Review
Prior to going to Yogaworks, I used Manduka mats. I have two Manduka Black Pro mats that I used at Equinox. Equinox also provided us with Manduka straps and yoga blocks. At Yogaworks I noticed that I was sweating 3 times more than I had ever sweated at Equinox. My Manduka mat unfortunately became slippery when wet and even the towel could not provide me with enough support and grippage. I became very disgruntled with the product. I was wondering to myself why did I pay top dollar for a mat that begins to ruin my practice halfway through class? I realized that my love for Manduka was waning. I had to find something else!
I remember in the Equinox retail shop, one of the associates were ranting and raving about a Jade Yoga mat. We had used the Jade Yoga mats in our cardio and strength training classes at Equinox. However, I felt they were always so loose so I did not want to even bother with the brand initially. It was later that I learned the Jade Yoga mats in the cardio classes became loose due to people using them to plank in tennis shoes. Naturally, rubber on rubber action would cause them to stretch and wear out over time.
Since Manduka was not settling well with me at Yogaworks, I went ahead and purchased a Jade Yoga mat in teal (portion of the proceeds from the teal mat were to support ovarian cancer awareness)! I loved the fun and bright color! I tried it in class and became HOOKED! The mat allows your hands to grip while in down dog, warrior poses, arm balances, etc.
- The product is natural and bio-degradable rubber (from my mother land – Vietnam)
- The Jade mats come in fun bright colors
- The mat is porous and super easy to clean (I wash it with a hose in the backyard and hang dry in the garage)
- The mat is affordable and costs only $56, compared to Manduka’s $70-99.
- A a tree is planted each time you buy a Jade yoga mat. The fact that they give back to local charities is enough to gain my support.
I’ve had my mat for over 3 months and I absolutely love it.
Jade Mat Cons
And with the good, there’s also the bad. Nothing’s perfect and that’s OK!
- I can’t use it for a prolonged period outdoors or else the sun will ruin the mat. The sun will cause the natural rubber to harden.
- Theres a strong rubber smell when you first use your mat. However, over time the smell begins to fade and it’s no longer an issue. It took me four classes before the smell faded! I left my mat in the trunk of my car and it made my entire vehicle smell! Jade Yoga mats have a rubbery smell from the natural rubber that they are made of, however it is non-toxic.
- The open cell construction (sponge-like) of the mat takes in the sweat and oil from a sweaty practice. I recommend cleaning it weekly if you use it 4-5 times a week. I clean mine every 2 weeks and use a towel on top of the mat during practice. It also takes approximately 4-5 hours to dry.
Should I buy Jade Yoga?
Overall, I would definitely buy a Jade Yoga mat again. I currently own three and cycle between the different colors depending on my mood. Jade Yoga by far, has the best grip I’ve experienced. I also love that the brand is so green and charitable. Those qualities are definitley why I want to support Jade Yoga!
Where to Buy Jade Yoga
Buying Jade Yoga on the following sites should typically range between $30-$60. Shop around the find the best deals. Happy shopping!
Thanks for reading my review of the Jade Yoga mat. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment!
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