Many years ago, I splurged on a very pricey membership to a large fitness facility with all the bells and whistles. There were hot tubs, top of the line workout equipment, steam rooms, and more classes than you can imagine. After a couple years of extremely sporadic attendance I decided to save myself the money and stop wasting gas driving halfway across town to get to my workout.
Since then, I have been trying to find ways to get fit that don’t require as much gasoline or put such a drain on my wallet. Yoga is a great way to stretch and tone your body and is easily done at home with little more than a mat and a DVD. I recently received a mat from Aurorae Yoga to try out and I was pretty excited! If you have never heard of Aurorae Yoga, here is some information about them in the founder’s own words:
I started this yoga company from the passion I developed for yoga over the past ten years. Being a cancer survivor since 2001, I needed an outlet in my life to help build my body as well as develop inner peace for my mind. Yoga has helped accomplish both of these goals for me while also making many new friends and energizing me with a positive and balanced attitude toward life. I’m not an instructor or a yogi, just a dedicated student that has enriched his life through yoga and understands what a regular everyday student needs in their yoga practice.
Aurorae Yoga offers many different mats to choose from, as well as several accessories like yoga blocks, towels, bags and several other items. Their newest yoga mat is called Synergy because it is a
- Lush slip free microfiber towel is the top surface
- 5mm PER yoga mat is the bottom surface
- No bunching or moving of your towel
- Ultra thick for comfort and protecting your joints
- 72″ Extra long to fit all sizes
- No odor
- Light-weight and easy to carry
- Machine washable and easy to care for
- Durable and long-lasting
- Aurorae’s Golden Sun Focal Icon for concentration during balancing poses
- SGS tested, approved eco-friendly & safe, free from Phthalates, Latex & Silicone
- Two-time winner of Amazon’s Top Service and Sales Award
- All products guaranteed and personalized customer service
My Opinion: So, for my review, I was sent one Synergy yoga mat to try out for myself. According to the Synergy product page, the wetter this mat gets, the more traction you have. They actually recommend misting it lightly before you start if you are not much of a sweater. I tried it out straight out of the package (dry) and it definitely was a little slipperier than a traditional yoga mat. But, I gave it a very light spritz of water and it was instant traction. It wasn’t damp, the towel absorbs the water and just becomes slightly less slippery.
I primarily use yoga as a stretching and light strengthening exercise…not a serious cardio workout resulting in tons of sweat but I still prefer the softer feel of this mat/towel under my feet as opposed to a traditional mat. It is thin, which works just fine for my on my playroom rug. If you are working out on hard floor you will get SOME cushioning but not as much as a thicker mat. It is thin enough to fit in the washer without a problem, although since I am not a huge sweater I will not wash it after every workout.
Overall, I really like this mat…the soft feel under my feet is nice and I love that I can throw it in the washer. Once damp, you don’t slide all over the place like with regular yoga mats.
Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received product samples in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.