I have become obsessed with yoga mats. Before this class started, I had to replace my old torn up mat. I did some research, talked to some friends, and determined that Jade was the way to go, with the Manduka ProLite mat at a close second. I went to REI to pick one up this weekend and they were out of Jade, so I defaulted to the Manduka. I arrived on the first day of class with my new mat in tow, only to find that it was hideous. From the very first Downward Dog, I was slipping all over the place. Not exactly the first impression I wanted to make on my first day of class. I finally had to lay a towel down across the top to get some traction, and have been using a yoga mat towel for the past two days, which is annoying and unnecessary considering this is not hot yoga.
I’ve spent the past few days stepping on everyone else’s yoga mats to try to figure out the way to go (because this Manduka is definitely going back–there’s no way I’m paying $80 for this thing). After a lot of careful research, I determined that lululemon’s “The Mat” was the mat for me. It’s got a nice grip, guaranteed to ensure I don’t go slipping and sliding during practice. I picked one up after class today and will keep you posted on how it works out because I know what a cliffhanger this is! [Sidebar: In all fairness, I did speak to a couple of people who are big Manduka fans and said that you just have to wear off the film that covers the mat when it's new, which takes a few practices, then it's great. This is all well and good, but I feel like I am justified in wanting to be able to use my mat right away without having to worry about breaking it in to get some freaking traction.]
Anyway, today is the day that it all became a bit of a blur. As usual, we began with our morning practice–much as my legs are sore, I couldn’t help but think how awesome it is to start every day with a nice long yoga session. After that we went through standing poses and discussed the art of yoga teaching. I was so exhausted that I got the time we were supposed to return back from lunch wrong and the entire class was in meditation when I walked in late. Bad, bad Nikki. There’s nothing I hate more than walking into a class in progress–I can’t believe I did that. The afternoon was packed with the history and philosophy of yoga and then sitting poses and some adjustment practicing. It is stunning to me how much we’ve covered in three days.