Jade Yoga Mat

For the past several weeks, I’ve been having fun test driving this yoga mat, the Jade Harmony. I took this mat to both indoor and outdoor classes and practiced on a variety of surfaces including concrete and hard wood. The classes ranged in style from hot yoga to vinyasa to restorative. Here’s my review!

Sticky Factor / grip
This time of year, the majority of classes I take are outdoor. …and I live in Texas. …and it’s summer. Suffice to say, the mat’s “sticky” factor is an important one! This mat has a nice grippy texture, so I never felt like I was potentially seconds away from an involuntary face plant due to slipping. With that said, I’m (thankfully) not a particularly sweaty person, but I have had some slipping issues on other mats, whereas, knock on wood, I haven’t yet on this one. 

This is also a big factor for me. Many higher-quality mats are heavier which is good because they’re sturdier, but for a smaller person like myself, lugging around a heavy mat isn’t the greatest. This mat is about 4 pounds and to-date, hasn’t ever felt overly heavy. In fact, because I do a lot of outdoor yoga, I like that the mat is a little heavier so it doesn’t get blown up by the wind, as I’ve experienced with previous lighter mats.  

The mat did have a bit of a smell when I first took it out of the box, but that’s been my experience with most mats. After about a week or so, the only time I could really smell anything was during baby cobra because, well, your nose is literally touch the mat before pushing up.  

Another important factor! The majority of the time, I practice on either a wood floor or concrete. For this reason, it’s been important to have a mat with enough padding. With that said, it’s also important to find a mat that’s not TOO thick or else it’s nearly impossible to grip. For me and my practice, the thickness of the Harmony mat, 3/16″, is the Goldilocks of thicknesses. 

This was another important factor for me. Jade mats are sustainably made with natural rubbers whereas many other mats are made with materials like PVC and other synthetic materials. I also really like that Jade plants a tree for every mat sold and that Jade mats are made in the USA.

In conclusion…
With so many yoga mat options, it can be difficult knowing which to choose. For me, determining the most important features I was looking for in a mat really helped narrow down my options. (Important factors included: comfort, quality, grip, eco-factor, thickness, cost and weight.) I’ve been really happy with this mat thus far and feel confident recommending it to fellow yogis. (:

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I have been provided this product free of charge for review by the company and have not been incentivized for a positive review.

Onzie Yoga Gear

As I’ve found myself more or less living in yoga gear these days, I’m frequently on the prowl for quality yoga activewear. A few months back, I stumbled upon Onzie and really liked their designs and also the fact that their products are made in the US. We connected, one thing led to another and now, for the past few weeks I’ve been #gettingflexy in a few of their pieces! I’m frequently asked about yoga activewear recommendations, so here’s my review on the Onzie gear I’ve been wearing!

The capris you see in the pictures above are the “black magic” capris. I must say, it didn’t take too long for me to fall in love with them. AKA want to be wearing them 24/7. I like them because they are fitted yet breathable. They also smooth out imperfections and are a perfect thickness – not so thick that they feel (or actually are) restricting, and not so thin that they feel (or actually are) see-through.  They are opaque, and yes, I tested this with poses like swan and runner’s lunge. (: 

I also really liked the wide flat waistband. A problem I’ve had with other yoga bottoms is that the waistband either hits too high or is too thick, making a weird little fold/bunching of fabric where the top and capris meet. These ones hit at the perfect spot, at least for my body type. 

The stretch factor is another huge one for yoga gear. These capris stretch quite well while still holding their shape. I’ve noticed that many other yoga capris can start to get baggy around the knees and waist or ride up at the bottom, but these maintained their shape incredibly well.

As for the circle bra top, I really love this as well. First and foremost, I love the color. (: Like the capris, the fabric is super soft and breathable, yet sturdy and maintains its shape. I also really love the back, both because I love the criss-cross design and also because it feels really nice to have the least amount of fabric touching as possible, especially during hot yoga classes!

Overall, I really like the fabric, fit and designs of the Onzie products and am looking forward to wearing more. (: 

What factors do you consider when choosing yoga gear? Style? Comfort? Price? Fit? 

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I have been provided this product free of charge for review by the company and have not been incentivized for a positive review.

Photos From The Archives

Fairly confident it’s going to be a crazy hot summer. Not even June, and we’re already just shy of 100s:

Attended yoga this morning. It’s taught every Saturday morning at Barton Springs. Outdoor yoga is such a wonderful start to the weekend:

After yoga, we went to Hill’s Cafe – what I would consider a very “Austin” place…well…a very South Austin place. Had the sweet tea and surprise surprise….a burger! This one was pretty good – the bun made it distinct…tasted almost like Hawaiian bread:

Fast foward through the rest of the day to this beautiful Texas sunset:

Made delicious hand-made gyros for dinner, followed by hand-made fruit tart (sans butter). So good: