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Why Investing In a *Really Good* Yoga Mat Is Totally Worth It
Fitness
Published Monday Dec 03, 2018 by Brittany Raine

Why Investing in a *Really Good* Yoga Mat Is Totally Worth It

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Jade Yoga
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The beautiful thing about yoga? Each and every practice belongs to you. From hot yoga sessions to Vinyasa classes, I (like many) find my center on the mat. But, I started to notice that all those warrior poses were wearing out my foundation. Ten years—and what feels like twenty-something mats later—I finally purchased a piece of workout equipment that gives me peace: a high-quality yoga mat.

With plenty of brands out there that feature new, luxurious mats, I knew I wanted a mat that not only offered non-slip support, but long-lasting quality. My yoga mat is my workout sidekick; the foundation for my practice, and I wanted one that would be with me wherever my journey goes. After reading countless reviews and talking to my fellow yogis, I found Jade Yoga and their best-selling Harmony Mat. After breaking my new mat in, I easily found four reasons why buying  *really good* yoga gear is totally worth it. 

 

Your yoga mat is an investment.

No matter what pose you practice, your mat will be there. So why not spend a little extra on something you will actually use? Whether you’re a beginner or super yogi, having a mat that is durable can make a difference in everything from Savasana to Downward-Facing Dog. 

 

Show the environment some love. 

Jade Yoga is all about creating eco-friendly, sustainable yoga mats that make Mother Earth a better place. Made with natural rubber from rubber trees (no synthetics here), Jade taps into a reliable and renewable resource, so you feel even better about what you are practicing on. Plus, their mats are made here in the USA, and they plant a tree for every mat sold! 

 

Elevate your practice and experience a better “stick.” 

It’s all about the grip, and the comfort of course! Versatile enough for the *hottest* yoga class and cushiony enough for a restorative session, having a Harmony Mat allows me to feel confident during my flow. Traction is super important to my practice, and finding my zen on a mat that provides some serious stability is key. 

 

Find a color that fits you.

It might sound silly to some, but my yoga mat color is a reflection of my bright personality. As soon as I unroll my mat, I am instantly in my sanctuary and choosing a hue I love only motivates me more. Jade Yoga’s palette features simple, soothing and cool colors that speak to any mood. From Slate Blue to Sedona Red, you can find a yoga mat hue that truly reflects you. 

 

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Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!