Gear Review: Lululemon The (Towel) Mat

The (towel) mat I usually never go “just to yoga”. I’ll take a class after teaching my own spin class or run group, I’ll run errands, grab something to eat, and usually have lots of other stuff, that a giant mat makes the to and fro very inconvenient. So when I watched the video for the (towel) mat, I knew it would fit perfectly in my daily hustle and bustle.

The Details

The (towel) mat was designed for yogis who travel. It’s a thin microfiber/rubber fabric combo which works well to absorb sweat and prevent slipping around. The “grippy rubber bottom” also helps keep this mat in place. The (towel) mat also contains an “antimicrobial additive” which helps to prevent mold and mildew. The highlight of the (towel)mat for me is that you can throw it in the washing machine (cold cycle) and tumble dry on low and presto – it’s clean!

 My Experience

I bought the mat so I could fold it up, through it in my way over-sized purse and do other things on the way to and from the studio without having to carry around my giant mat, and it works. The rubber grips on top help to keeps your hands and feet in place, and the rubber bottom keeps the mat from moving around as you transition from pose to pose. The microfiber top is very soft and I think the fact that when I lie in savasana, I have soft fabric vs. rubber on my skin. The best part of this mat (besides scrunching it into a ball to fit into my purse) is that the whole thing fits in the washer. To be able to get it cleaned without much thought makes it even more convenient.

The (towel) matA Concern

In order to fit in small spaces and travel well, the mat needs to be thin – and for someone with boney knees, this isn’t good. When doing low lunges I almost always need to fold the mat over so I’m not in pain, but for the convenience of the (towel) mat, it’s worth it!

Conclusion

The (towel) mat is a great travel mat which makes going to and from yoga a breeze. I strongly recommend it for anyone looking for the convenience of throwing their mat in a day bag to hit up a yoga class while on the go and for someone looking for a mat they can clean with a simple wash cycle.

*photos via http://www.lululemon.com

Studio Review: Sol Yoga Burlington

Katie McClelland and I post classLast week I had the pleasure of attending opening week festivities at Burlington’s newest hot yoga studio, Sol Yoga Burlington. Located in the Cedar Springs Health and Racquet club at 960 Cumberland Ave., Burlington, ON, Sol Yoga Burlington takes advantage of the many great service from Cedar Springs, including free parking, day lockers, and spacious change rooms, all while offering the high quality, soul filling services that members at De La Sol Hamilton have come to expect from owner Katie McClelland and her fiance Andre Grandbois.

post class studio viewSimilar to De La Sol Hamilton, Sol Yoga Burlington uses infrared heat, which like solar heat, heats solid objects rather than the air. Sol Yoga Burlington shares that this type of heat stimulates an anti-inflammatory response in the body that can improve arthritis and fibromyalgia, decrease pain of any kind and speed the healing of soft muscle tissue damage. The floor in the studio is made of cork which  is a naturally warm and non-slip surface eliminating entrapped dirt, germs or fungus (a must for me – can’t stand dirty/grimy studios!). Towels are provided for free from Cedar Springs, and mats can be rented for a small fee. Filtered water is available as long as you bring your own bottle.

Sol Yoga instructor Andre Grandbois and I before class

Sol Yoga Burlington offers a fusion style of yoga which draws on styles including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara and Iyengar Yoga and emphasize alignment, quality of breath and moving mindfully through the yoga sequences. I attended a beginner class lead by a recent De La Sol Teacher Training graduate Calyn Petitt. The class with filled with MANY beginner level students, many who I assume were members of the Cedar Springs and wanting to check out this new service. Calyn did an amazing job of catering to the various levels of the class and supported each student in their practice, while providing an excellent intro/mid-level sequence, with great safety cues, and cute antidotes along the way. Calyn’s skills as a yoga instructor speaks very highly to the high quality teacher training program offered by De La Sol.

A second floor studio with a viewPrices for classes are on par with other studios in the GTA (and can be purchased online), and the schedule although minimal now (only 20 classes a week), will without a doubt grow as news spreads of this wonderful studio just off of the South Service Road.