Q. What are Yogasana yoga mats made of?
A. 100% natural cotton.
Q. Is the cotton mat reversible?
A. Yes. Both sides can be used.
Q. What kind of dyes are used in making your earth-friendly mat?
A. We use direct cotton dyes. The dyeing process is natural. The residual dye water is treated before being used to irrigate vegetable and fruit fields that surround the manufacturing facility.
Q. Where are the mats made?
A. In northern India – near the birthplace of yoga.
Q. How are the mats made?
A. The manufacturing process is done by hand. No electrical power is used.
Q. How long does it take to make a Yogasana Mat?
A. 10 days – 3 days of weaving + 7 days for the other production operations.
Q. How does our yoga mat differ from other eco-mats?
A. Our mats are hand-woven. Cotton will last longer than synthetic PVC substitutes (PER,TPE) or rubber.
Q. How do you wash the mats ?
A. The Yogasana mat can be washed by hand or machine with cold water. Line dry. Between washings you can spritz your mat with tea tree oil to keep it clean.
Q. Will the mat shrink when washed?
A. Because the mats are made of a natural fiber – a limited amount of shrinkage (<10%) can occur after the initial washing. We list the size of our mat as 24” x 72”. We weave the mat to a 25” width – so with possible shrinkage it maintains the 24″ width.
Q. What is the warranty?
A. We guarantee our mats for 15 years against manufacturing defects.
Q. Will one slip when they do various poses?
A. The nature of a cotton yoga mat is just the opposite of a sticky mat. With a sticky mat – the more you sweat – the more you slip. With our cotton mat the more you sweat – the more you stick!
If you need more resistance as you start your practice you can dampen the mat with water. We like to add a few drops of sandalwood oil to the spray bottle for a wonderful relaxing essence.
Q. What about the mat shifting on a polished studio floor?
A. One can use the Yogasana mat on top of an existing sticky mat. We also provide a Grip-It! Pad. With this underlay in place, the mat is anchored to the floor.
Q. What about the texture of the mat?
A. The natural weave is initially firm but the cotton will soften over time. Also, Indian yogis have commented that the texture offers a natural acupressure effect on the hands and feet.
Q. Why didn’t you apply a rubber grip to one side of the mat ?
A. We didn’t choose this design for three reasons. First, it adds cost and isn’t required by many yogis – so it becomes a non-elective option. Second, our mat would not be reversible. Third, we feel that the rubber would delaminate (shed) after repeated washing over time. We felt the simpler solution is to offer the rubber underlay as an option that we sell for $10.