Welcome back! This post is part of a series written by Hannah-the-yoga-cool-kid’s little sister.
I went to a yoga class this week, and I looked around and got all self-conscious when I realized I was down-dogging on a seven-year-old yoga mat from a big-box store. That has dirt smudges. I’m a sophisticated, competent woman, and I’m happy-babying on a dirty, flowery, cheap yoga mat? What would my sister think! It’s like that recurring dream I have about showing up in a court room to argue on behalf of the United States, only to realize I’m wearing that yellow bumblebee dress I used to love when I was five-years-old. In other words, my gear did not match my commitment to the activity.
That being said, I need a new yoga mat, and I need one that matches my commitment to both the activity and my conscience. So let’s talk some yoga mats that are good quality and that are made ethically.
Jade Yoga Mats
This company is part of the Cool Kid Club. I’m the President, and I get to choose, dang it. Their mats are made in the USA and the production is eco-friendly. There also have options–you can buy their mats in different thicknesses (is that a word?) and different lengths. The mat above is the Jade Harmony Yoga Mat in teal ($75; USA). They also make a travel mat ($60; USA), which is thinner for easy packing. A little birdie told me that Loft Yoga has begun selling jade yoga mats, so run down to your favorite yoga studio and grab one today (fyi–this ain’t no paid advertisement.)
Hugger Mugger Mats
I also really like Hugger Mugger Mats. These have also been made in the US for 20 years. Score. I’m a fan of the Tapas Mat pictured above ($30; USA). They also have a Nature Collection Ultra Yoga Mat that is a bit thicker ($40; USA).
Now go and get your namaste on.
For more made-in-America and ethically-made products, check out my blog CommonThreadsFashion.com.