The £100 Yoga Mat

Would you pay £100 for a yoga mat?

I did.  It’s a Liforme yoga mat.

Was it worth it? Here’s my thoughts……

 

As someone who used to suffer from extremely sweaty hands and feet, yoga was often a challenge. There was the dreaded moment when I would go into downward dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana – I totally googled that!) and feared I’d end up flat on my tummy because my hands and feet would slip further and further apart, pulling and tugging the mat as I slipped.  Then there was the wide leg forward fold (Prasarita Padottanasana – google again) – that could have potentially turned into the side splits given the chance and if I was flexible enough.

Hearing about Liforme and it’s £100 price tag, I was intrigued. In my experience, an item with an hefty price tag often surpasses all other products in its market.

Having owned my previous yoga mat for approximately 8 years and wanting a green yoga mat, I decided to take the plunge and upgrade.

 

What does the Liforme Yoga Mat Offer:

liformeAt first, I was a bit presumptuous to think the £100 price tag was exclusively related to the markings on the mat. I had seen a Liforme first hand and thought perpaps the guidelines were a gimmick.
It turns out the AlighForMe system is immensely useful. To begin with, I was a little obsessive over where to place my feet and hands with regards to the lines, however over time, I have found the positioning that works for me and I am able to practise without focusing on the reference marks.

They do assist me in remaining centred throughout my practise, and on days where I prefer to be precise with my foot and hand placements, I follow the guidelines. Ultimately, I am adapting though my practise where to naturally place my hands and feet without looking.

Liforme states – ‘Just like a map, the AlignForMe system is a ‘guide’ – how you use it is up to you.’

 

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 20.49.02Over and beyond any of the other benefits, the stickiness of the mat is what makes Liforme exceptional.

No matter how hot and sweaty I get, I NEVER slip on my mat!  It has transformed my practise.  I would go as far to say I have improved more in the past year, than I have the past 8 years because of the grip and stability this mat provides.

The top layer absorbs perspiration and seems to get grippier as the session increases in heat! Incredible!

Reading other reviews, it appears this is the general consensus.

“We believe our revolutionary “GripForMe” material is the grippiest Yoga mat material currently available on earth. And it stays grippy even when ‘sweaty wet’.”

 

  • Eco Friendly

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 20.49.35Purchasing any product that is eco friendly always gets a tick from me, and Liforme’s ethical practise was enough to convince me to go ahead with my purchase.

The mat is made from naturally sourced sustainable rubber which is PVC-free and contains no heavy metals such as lead or cadmium. Each layer is joined together using a method that eliminates the need for toxic glues and the packaging is fully recyclable.    Even thought has gone into the ink used for the AlighForMe markers, which is non-toxic and body friendly.

 

  • Longer & Wider

Measuring in at 185cm long by 68cm wide, the Liforme mat is longer and wider than most yoga mats, allowing plenty of room to stretch and relax into poses.  The extra space makes for a wonderful Shavasana at the end of your practise as well : )

 

  • Supportive & Cushioned

At 4.2mm thick, it provides plenty of support and cushioning for those ‘hips-digging-into-the-ground’ poses like Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), yet it is firm enough to comfortably invert without being on an unstable foundation.

 

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 20.49.59Despite coming with a branded bag, I have opted for a bigger yoga bag as I like to pack a blanket and some yoga blocks alongside my mat.

There are some days where I cannot take my Liforme mat to class, maybe because I am away from home or on holiday  – these are the days when I learn how remarkable it is.  I end up back where I used to be, slipping and sliding around on a lower quality mat, unable to hold poses due to a sweaty practise.

 

As a minimalist-in-training, I am finding it a challenge to resist the Liforme Travel Mat, as I’d definitely pack it when on my travels!

I believe the Liforme yoga mat is worth every penny. Yes, £100 is a lot of money, but it has added so much value to my life – it has improved my yoga practise tenfold, allowing me to hold poses for longer, explore deeper poses and have the confidence to increase my asana repertoire.

Conclusion – If sweaty hands and feet effect your practise, get involved with a Liforme.

Happy Adho Mukha Svanasana : )

 

(I will write more about how I overcome my sweaty hands in a post soon)