Not All Mats Are Created Equal
Just as there are many types of yoga, there are even more varieties of yoga mats. Some are lightweight for traveling, some are eco-friendly, and some are designed for classes where you don’t sweat much. Choose a mat based on the type of yoga you’re doing and the amount you perspire. Avoid mats made for other types of exercise like physical therapy or Pilates, as they can be too squishy or slippery.
Para Rubber Yoga Mats (the best yoga mat I’ve used in 32 years of practice)
Native to South America, rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) are tapped for their latex, the source material for all natural rubber products. While more than half the rubber used in manufacturing today is synthetic—from petroleum sources—we use only natural, tree-sourced, Malaysian rubber in our mats.
The Para Rubber Yoga Mats come in three earthy colors: Tropical, Rainforest and River. The mat’s surface sports a striated pattern that makes each mat unique. Rubber plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia provide the material for Para Rubber Yoga Mats. These sturdy mats are equally sticky on both sides for extra stability. Like a 50,000-mile tire, you’ll enjoy your rubber mat for years to come!
Fun Fact: How Rubber Got its Name
Rubber’s name comes from one of its early uses—as an eraser. When latex first arrived in England in 1770, Joseph Priestley observed that it was great for rubbing pencil marks off paper. In other words, the new material was the perfect rubber. Friction is what makes rubber the ideal material for an eraser. It’s also the quality that makes it a great nonslip Yoga mat. Plus, rubber is sturdy, flexible, sticky and provides excellent cushioning.