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!
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 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 but I felt they were always so loose so I did not want to even bother with the brand. The Jade Yoga mats in the cardio classes became loose due to people using them to plank in tennis shoes. Naturally, they would stretch over time.
Since Manduka was not settling well with me at Yogaworks, I went and purchased a Jade Yoga mat in teal (in Jade Yoga’s effort to raise Ovarian Cancer awareness)! I love 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 PROS: The product is natural and bio-degradable rubber (from my mother land), comes in fun bright colors, easy to clean (I wash it with a hose in the backyard and hang dry in the garage), more affordable than Manduka, and a tree is planted each time you buy one of their mats! They also give back to local charties!
I’ve had my mat for over 3 months and I absolutely love it.
Here is a picture of my mat!
Only downfalls about the Jade Yoga mat are:
1) I can’t use it for a prolonged period outdoors or else you will ruin the mat!
2) Theres a strong rubber smell when you first get and use your mat. However, over time the smell goes away.
3) I left 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. At least it’s non-toxic!
4) The open cell construction (sponge-like) of the mat takes in the sweat and oil from a hard day’s practice. I recommend cleaning it weekly if you use it 4-5 times a week. I clean mine every 2 weeks because I use a towel on top of it when I start to uber sweat!
Overall, I would definitely buy this mat again. I already have 3! I just love that the brand is so green and charitable. That is definitely a company I want to be supporting!
Well that is my review of the well accepted Jade Yoga mat! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment!
Alex aka Schimiggy 😀
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