November 13, 2017
Feeling fed up with a worn out yoga mat?
Maybe you’ve tried (and ditched) several yoga mats already. When yoga mat woes have you down, it’s time to replace a flimsy mat with one that is expertly crafted.
There are so many yoga mats to choose from... Is it possible to confidently pick one that has guaranteed quality?
Imagine having the one yoga mat that does it all:
We rigorously rated our best yoga mats for 2017 based on 10 important questions…
These professional mats are extra long and thick compared to standard mats. So, if you’re tall (or tend to move around a lot) this mat is perfect.
The base is thickly lined, and won’t slide around on the floor.
Mat size: 72" x 24" x 5mm thickness
The texture of these mats are surreal. On first impression, it’s shocking how soft the microfiber surface is to touch. Caution - you might start to snuggling with your mat in class!
There’s no need to line these mats with a towel because your grip actually improves as you sweat.
The no-slip, ultra-absorbent surface is engineered to maximize traction, whether you’re practicing slow and steady or jamming with hot yoga.
You might imagine my horror when I spilled a post-yoga smoothie all over my mat.
My brain yelled at me:
No!!! I’ll never get that out!
Surprisingly, simply wiping the mat down with a damp cloth and mild soap totally cleaned the mess. Not a stain was left!
A special sublimation dye printing process is used to ensure that the design will never fade, even with lots of use.
The base of this yoga mat is made of 100% natural rubber.
Plus, there is absolutely no harmful, synthetic PVC.
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This mat is made with natural rubber, which is recyclable, renewable, and sustainably resourced.
Fresh from the package, the mat smelled minimally of the plastic liner. This smell went away within a couple of hours of being opened.
With long-term use, the mat stays fresh. You won’t hesitate to rest your face on this non-stinky (and very soft) yoga mat!
Although these mats are very sturdy, they weigh just 5 pounds each.
They’re especially easy to carry in a great, 100% natural cotton canvas mat bag.
All mats in the Yoga Mats for the Devoted collection are inspired by yogis and designed by independent artists.
With so many options and colors to choose from it’s possible to choose a unique mat that expresses your creative side.
A portion of each mat sale goes back to the indie artist and yogi team that designed it.
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February 26, 2024
Cultivating mindfulness is the key to overcoming suffering and recognizing natural wisdom: both our own and others'. How do we go about it?
In the Buddhist tradition and in Contemplative Psychotherapy training, we nurture mindfulness through the practice of sitting meditation. There are many different kinds of meditation. For example, some are designed to help us relax; others are meant to produce altered states of consciousness.
Mindfulness meditation is unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we already are. Instead, it helps us become aware of what is already true moment by moment. We could say that it teaches us how to be unconditionally present; that is, it helps us be present with whatever is happening, no matter what it is.
Mindfulness, paying precise, nonjudgmental attention to the details of our experience as it arises and subsides, doesn't reject anything. Instead of struggling to get away from experiences we find difficult, we practice being able to be with them. Equally, we bring mindfulness to pleasant experiences as well. Perhaps surprisingly, many times we have a hard time staying simply present with happiness. We turn it into something more familiar, like worrying that it won't last or trying to keep it from fading away.
When we are mindful, we show up for our lives; we don't miss them in being distracted or in wishing for things to be different. Instead, if something needs to be changed we are present enough to understand what needs to be done. Being mindful is not a substitute for actually participating in our lives and taking care of our own and others' needs. In fact, the more mindful we are, the more skillful we can be in compassionate action.
January 11, 2024
It's easy to lose sight of the beauty of the world in the midst of tragedy, political upheaval, injustice and suffering. While we continue with our practice, working to ease the suffering of others and living a life of compassion and Love, we also need to be mindful and grateful for the beauty of the world that still surrounds us when we choose Love. Like Pops says, "Love baby. Love. That's the secret."
"What a Wonderful World" [1970 Spoken Introduction Version] along with Oliver Nelson's Orchestra is a song written by Bob Thiele (as George Douglas) and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1968. Thiele and Weiss were both prominent in the music world (Thiele as a producer and Weiss as a composer/performer). Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States, the song also has a hopeful, optimistic tone with regard to the future, with reference to babies being born into the world and having much to look forward to.
November 07, 2023
Is it possible to be grounded while globetrotting? Some may believe peaceful travel is an oxymoron, but the truth is that Colorado offers a multitude of unhurried spiritual and religious travel destinations. Sightseeing becomes elevated through divine explorations.
frequencyRiser wants to know where you will travel in Colorado? Undecided? This healthy list is helpful when planning trips in Colorado, especially for those who are seeking metaphysical or divine experiences.