I recently received a mat from Aurorae, which came at an ideal time considering Weasel has been shredding my others with her eager little claws.
I have three mats all purchased from TJ Maxx for about $15 each–two Aeromats, which I’m not terribly fond of but have done the trick for two years, and more recently a Yoga Rat, which is hands down my favorite.
At $45 MSRP, the Aurorae is no doubt the most expensive. It’s also the thickest of my four, with big fat bubbles for support.
The mats come in six colors, which they claim illuminate your personality. If this is the case, I am now: intuitive, faithful, visionary, energetic and healing. Thank you, pink mat.
I noticed immediately that this mat has more of a matte finish than my other shinier ones. In using it, my first comment to Stew was that it was surprisingly slippery, which may be due to this matte finish. This must be something they’re aware of though because it also comes with a slip-free rosin bag, which is basically a little canvas pillow filled with chalk that you dust over the mat.
If you’ve ever seen weight lifters or gymnasts dusting their hands with chalk, this is pretty much the same idea. It worked wonders and instantly eradicates the slip issue.
In all, I think the Aurorae mat is a quality (albeit expensive) item. For me, the slip factor isn’t an issue since I use a slip-free towel over my mats for hot yoga anyway. But if you were planning to sweat on this without a towel, you’d wash away your slip-free chalk pretty quickly.
One of the things I like most about the brand is the owner’s story. He turned to yoga after surviving cancer and says, “I am not an instructor or a yogi, just a dedicated student that has enriched his life through yoga and understands what the regular everyday student needs in their yoga practice.”
From the manufacturer:
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