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Strike a Pose -- ComfortablyBeinjoy Harmony Yoga Mat
I've been a yoga fan since middle school. Which, let me assure you, was far from the cool thing to do back then. My dad was pretty into it and so I joined along bending and posing my way through adolescence. I've let it drop a little, but I've recently begun taking classes at the gym and doing a few routines in my tiny studio. And this is when I realized something I never noticed before. Yoga mats are too thin! Maybe it was that I was less sensitive as a teenager, or maybe it was because I was happily situated on top of my parents' plush carpets, or maybe I've just forgotten, but I never noticed this when I used to do yoga. But now I'm doing the poses on the floor of my gym or on the hardwood floor of my apartment -- and let me tell you, both surfaces are not made for comfortable sitting. I want to empty my mind of stresses and center myself, but I keep noticing how my sitting bones are quite possibly getting bruised!
So Beinjoy's yoga mat is everything I could want. It's made of eco-friendly material and is super thick and cushiony. Plus, if you need even more of a cushion, it comes with a smaller, separate one you can buy. Pop it under your hips to elevate yourself while sitting, or put it underneath your head while lying down. This mat also addresses another issue I have: Slipping and sliding all over the place while doing downward dogs! I didn't think I had excessively sweaty palms, but it turns out I must because I can't hold myself in one place. So Beinjoy added a nonslip surface. If you want to give it as a gift to someone, it comes packaged with this pretty Asian tie.
$80 for mat, $30 for cushion, www.beinjoy.com
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