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I’ll concede this point: for all my complaining about summer humidity, heat and yoga are super friends! Nine months out of the year, in the fall, winter, and spring, I’d use the words “stiff,” “recalcitrant,” and “Hey, I did my best” best describe my yoga practice. And here we are in summer, where the consolation prize for these oppressively soaring summer temperatures and nonconsensual humidity levels is practicing yoga in a body that feels 10-20 years younger. Warm temperatures mean warm muscles, ligaments, and tendons. And of course, plenty of sweat!

Ashtangis love talking about sweat: how to absorb it and who wore it best with mat surfaces and clothing. There is much sophomoric giggling and camaraderie when we show each other our sweaty Rorschach inkblot test patterns post-practice. We’re weirdos like that.

But sweat can also be unsafe, as anyone who’s tried to do a warrior on a sweaty mat and had to use every hamstring, tendon, and muscle to keep themselves from sliding into the splits can attest. Paradoxically, yoga calls for an absorbent, yet grippy yoga mat surface.

Enter the Liforme yoga mat.

Liforme Travel Yoga Mats – the Best Mat for Traveling Ashtanga Yogis

To get 10 percent off a Liforme yoga mat, travel yoga mat, or yoga pad, shop using this referral code: LL-KSWNV811

For years, my go-to mat was a $20 purple Hugger Mugger with a Mysore-style cotton practice rug underneath. The beauty of this combo is that the cotton rug is machine washable.

But in 2019, I was preparing for several trips (ah, remember the before times?), and I needed another requirement: lightweight for travel. Light enough to carry on, with enough padding to protect my boney bits in seated postures. Washability was also a must.

Many of my yogi friends in Memphis had Liforme mats and raved about them. They loved the etched alignment markers that helped them know where to place their feet and hands (also helpful for teachers to cue students!) There was a variety of bring colors and even an included carrying case. After feeling the texture of their mats, I went for it and bought the Lifeforme travel mat in purple.

Bonus: that color is made with environmentally lower-impact materials and processes. And all Liforme mats are biodegradable in 1-5 years. Sold.

Measuring 2mm thick and weighing five pounds, the Liforme travel mat is an ideal carry-on travel companion. My purple mat accompanied me for the next 12 months: two months in Japan, two months in Spain, three weeks in Hawaii, and three weeks in Costa Rica.

The Purple Earth Liforme Travel Mat

purple Liforme travel mat almost new

Looking good after its first few practices in sweaty Japan – July 2019

prasarita padotanasana c on a Liforme travel mat

Feet slipping and brain thinking: “Hrm, maybe it’s time for a new one…” – April 2020

a very well-used Liforme travel yoga mat in purple

Visual proof of a “well-loved” yoga mat – July 2020

I’m a little embarrassed at how long it took me to realize it was time for a new mat. I’d only had it a year, right? Besides, I got attached to this yoga mat – we traveled the world together! Seeing its worn state is a visual reminder that I’m doing my practice. But I came to my senses when my feet started slipping in prasarita padotanasanas (the wide-leg forward folds; see photo above). Bits of the open-cell surface began to flake off. Only then did I admit it was time for a new one. And even though travel is not happening for me any time soon in the summer of 2020, I went with another travel mat – this time in vibrant orange. Plus I treated myself to a yoga pad to have a little more padding under me for navasana (boat pose) and some arm-balancing postures.

The Happiness Liforme Travel Mat in Vibrant Orange

Brand new out-of-the-box Liforme yoga mat and pad – July 2020

Fact: cushioned forearms make for longer headstands

orange Liforme travel mat and yoga pad

Travel mat is 2 mm & yoga pad is 4 mm

Fresh Out of the Box: Liforme Travel Mat and Yoga Pad

To show you what this one-year-old and new yoga mat and pad look like in real life, I made two videos to see the condition of the beloved purple mat and see the shiny new orange yoga mat and travel pad right out of the box.

Part One: Singing the Praises of the Liforme Purple Travel Yoga Mat

Part 2: Revealing the New Liforme Orange Yoga Mat and Pad

Mats for Good Causes

Beyond having a high-quality, eco-conscious product that’s perfect for Ashtanga yoga practitioners, Liforme is committed to social and environmental justice. When you buy certain colors, including the Purple Earth pictured above and their newest Rainbow Hope Yoga Mat, they donate five percent of profit sales to organizations dedicated to changing the cultural narratives around LGBTQIA and combating climate change. In 2020, they also raised money to support teachers and studios affected by COVID-19 financially.

Travel Light and Stylishly with a Liforme Travel Mat

Traveling with a yoga mat can be challenging, but Liforme travel mats do very well as a carry-on personal item or checked luggage. See the IG videos above to learn more about how this travel yoga mat held up traveling with me to Japan, Spain, Oregon, and Hawaii in 2019 and Costa Rica in February 2020. I even folded it up once in a long airport security line, which saved me money and time by not having to check it!

If you need a lightweight, well-constructed, and eco-friendly yoga mat for a class at your local studio, traveling to a teacher training, or living as a digital nomad, Liforme travel yoga mats are your sweaty yoga solution to stay steady and strong.

To get 10 percent off a Liforme yoga mat, travel yoga mat, or yoga pad, shop using this referral code: LL-KSWNV811

Breathe, believe, and come practice with me online!

XO,

Rachel

Rachel Drummond is a student and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, handstand enthusiast, and writer. She enjoys practicing and teaching yoga all over the world and writing about how to bring yoga to life off the mat through contemplative physical practices.

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