Finally the stylish yoga mats designed by the Canadian surfer and yogi Chad are available in Europe! I instantly felt in love with the designs and even though I´m aware that you shouldn’t be hoarding things as a good yogini – I couldn’t resist and bought a mat, a travel mat and a towel.
The extremely soft material is a nice alternative to my natural rubber mat and it even gets a good grip once you start sweating so it’s ideal for anyone doing Bikram. For Yin practices it is also a nice alternative to lambswool mats. The travel mat can be folded and be transported easily and is also washable. The towel I wouldn’t necessarily recommend for Vinyasa Flow as throughout class it doesn’t stay in place on top of the studio mat which can irritate and deviate your attention from the practice. If you are not moving too much, it could as well be an option for you.
The mats from Yoga Design Lab are described by Vogue and Fitness Magazine as ‘stunning works of art’ – and I agree. Besides the lovely designs, the history of the brand itself is quite inspiring:
Chad, the founder of the label, sold all his stuff and moved to Bali in order to launch his idea in 2014:
I was seated in the back of a packed yoga class while on vacation in Ubud, Bali. Looking around, all I saw was a sea of unoriginal, massed produced, solid colored mats. My thinking was, there must be a way of creating a highly functional product that was also aesthetically beautiful. So the journey began. Long story short, I sold my stuff, packed up a couple bags and moved to Bali with the goal of creating a stunning line of yoga products that inspire more people to get excited about yoga.
Besides the fact that the mats are beautiful, they also have an innovative functionality and are bio renewable. Made from insulated stainless steel water bottles, to yoga mats comprised of biodegradable natural tree rubber, to the water based inks used in the printed designs, we can all make a difference with the products we buy.