You could say I’m kind of a towel connoisseur. After all, the whole idea for Words to Sweat by started with a line of motivational mantra workout towels and I tested a whole host of towel options before selecting the final product.
The, when you add my eco-friendly approach to daily life (some recent musings are here and here), I have all kinds of other towels for the kitchen, my studio, and outdoor use. Some are cotton, some a cotton/poly blend, and some of micro fiber.
I was therefore excited to hear from the folks over at Aurorae as their Synergy Yoga Mat was a great fit when pulling together the Practice Makes Practice section of last year’s FitGift Holiday Guide because it combined two of my favorite things: yoga and towels.
Writing a review took a little bit longer than I anticipated, however, because in order to put the towel to a real test, a Bikram yoga class was in order and scheduling conflicts made getting to one tougher than I anticipated.
This turned out to be a good thing, though, because it made me think about other ways (besides the obvious gallons of water sweat fest) to use a yoga mat with an integrated towel.
Enter the USPS delivering my latest Netflix request- Paul Grilley’s Yin Yoga DVD – and I had my answer.
Since yin yoga involves holding postures for extended periods of time, the Synergy yoga mat’s micro fiber towel adds a level of comfort and warmth that a usual mat doesn’t. The mat is a great length and the towel works as described – when met with moisture, you ability to ‘grip’ strengthens.
The only slight hiccup for me was that I could still smell a slight off gassing – but I have a “super smeller” of a nose, so I register things most people don’t. It wasn’t so strong that it was difficult to use the mat, though, so I kept using it for my home practice before finally making my way to a Bikram class.
First, it’s important to know that I haven’t been to a Bikram class in years because it’s not my preferred style of yoga. So, when I arrived at the new studio, I wasn’t aware of the best place to set up and brilliantly did so right by the heating vent output.
IT. WAS. HOT.
Hotter than it would have been in the middle of the studio so, let’s just say that I unwittingly made the Synergy mat work harder than I had planned…
Once again, the Aurorae Synergy yoga mat came through – it was not only a comfortable mat for practice, but having the integrated towel allowed me to focus on the practice instead of constantly rearranging a terry cloth towel layered over the mat like everyone else in the studio.
After class, the only care and maintenance it required was to let it air dry (because it was soaked) and then it was ready for the following day’s (non heated) practice.
The final word? The Synergy Yoga Mat will see a lot of use in 2015 because it’s the new favorite ‘towel’ in town.
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