Healthy Habits

Published on September 2nd, 2009 | by Emily Konkler

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The Original Eco Yoga Mat by Barefoot Yoga

Barefoot Yoga The Original Eco Mat

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Sweat drips from my nose, rolls down my chin and runs off my chest- landing on the floor with pride. The air is thick. Mirrors, fogged over. Essential oils soak into my pores, filling my body with peace. I rest my wet forehead on my mat as I breathe through pigeon, opening up my hips farther and deeper. As I listen to the mellow music, tears begin to run down my face. Sweat and tears cover my cheeks, melding into each other, creating one beautiful masterpiece of raw spirituality. Just as confusion begins to flood my mind, not sure as to why I’m crying, the teacher explains we hold emotion in our hips and it may surface in this stretch. After she says that, we move on to a new pose and my crying fades. I’m at one with my body; my mind is nowhere but the present. This is serenity.Close Up of The Original Eco Yoga MatI began my wonderful journey into the yoga world about three weeks ago. One of the many lessons I’ve learned is how important the yoga mat is. When I sweat an insane amount, I’m a born sweataholic, my hands slip on my mat not allowing me to hold my positions, which is super frustrating. Covering my mat with a towel only goes so far. Wouldn’t it be nice to just use a mat that my hands stick to? I think I may have found it…

While sitting at my yoga studio, flipping through a magazine, I saw an article featuring oodles of eco-friendly yoga mats! Excited, I wanted to share one of them with you. The Original Eco Yoga Mat, created by Barefoot Yoga, rated number one eco yoga mat by The New York Times, is sure to be my first eco-friendly yoga mat purchase.

Made from all-natural rubber, jute fiber and no man-made additives, The Original Eco Yoga Mat is the most earth-conscious and eco-friendly yoga mat on the market. It’s rubber underside grips the floor while it’s rubber/cloth mix on top provides excellent traction- even in the most heavy sweat. The mat, combining a soft cloth surface and stickiness provides an excellent base for yoga practice.

“The visible fibers on the top side provided a ‘slightly rough texture’ and ‘grippy’ surface. The mat was thin enough to fold and had a solid, not too squishy surface for standing without wobbles, but still was padded enough for lying-down work.”
– NEW YORK TIMES

Images Credit: Barefoot Yoga


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About the Author

Born in a small town in southern Minnesota, which didn’t quite fit her fancy, Emily headed for New York City soon after high school. While living in New York City, Emily's keen fashion sense was harnessed, transforming from a hobby to a quintessential passion. Emily has been involved with the fashion industry in numerous aspects including modeling, styling and managing runway shows. Emily lives with her boyfriend Matthew and her overweight cat, Sisu, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She enjoys painting without talent, reading into the wee hours of the morning, rubbing Sisu behind her ears, sewing on her new machine, eating curry and naan whenever possible, wearing boots all year round, spending good ol’ quality time with her friends, drowning in organic cotton and giggling with her boyfriend. Currently, Emily is a fashion design student and works at The Nature of Beauty-an organic beauty oasis, where her love for everything organic has flourished and taken her heart by storm. Follow her on Twitter @thekonks.



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