Archive for the ‘Yoga Mats’ Category

Recently, I wrote a post about my discomfort with the whole idea of circular yoga mats. For some reason, it has continued to be one of the most popular posts on this little blog.

Last night, the creator of the circular yoga mat, (also known as the Mandala Mat), Desiree Kleemann, commented on my post:

Hi Birdie,

Your post made me smile. You gotta love freedom of expression.

I never expected people to want to take it to a studio as the size is an issue. But I know that many teachers are using them when they instruct. And in my studio I have special classes where we all use a round mat.

I loved your post and if you ever think you could use Mandala Yoga Mat with your head exploding : ) let me know.

If you would like to see my DVD to see how I use the let me know and I would be happy to mail it off to you.

I like this Desiree Kleeman. After doing a little research on her company, she seems like one cool yogini.  Her company, which produces the Mandala Mat, is a small, grass roots, company, that is environmentally conscious. Moreover, after realizing how difficult it was to start a small company, Desiree decided to donate a portion of her proceeds to help other small business owners across the globe in need of financing. So, for every mat she sells, Desiree donates $5 to www.kiva.org, and organization that encourages entrepreneurship to eliminate poverty.

While I still believe my head just might explode if someone came to class with this sucker, I can understand its purpose. It seems a lot of Desiree’s customers are yoga teachers who find it useful when demonstrating. Also, studios who offer “mommy and me” yoga classes find the extra space beneficial.

Check out Desiree’s company. She was also profiled as an “OmTown Hero” by Yoga Journal where she was designated as the “Yogini Without Borders”.

Desiree, if you come back to this blog…and I don’t blame you if you don’t given that I called your yoga mat an “atrocity” (okay, maybe that was harsh)…thanks for being a good sport and having a good sense of humor.


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Last year, the U.S. Federal Marshalls held an auction selling off Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff’s glitzy, glamourous, and ill-gotten goods. Last week, the feds held another auction, this time selling off Bernie’s more mundane items.  Prior to last week’s auction, the media was offered a glimpse of the items, and The Wallstreet Journal was there to chronicle what have become intimate glimpses into a man very few people understand.  According to reporter Juliet Chung, among the items are Bernie’s underchunders, CDs (Jimmy Buffett or Rod Stewart, anyone?), black velveteen slippers monogrammed with “BLM”, books including one penned by yogi-doc Dean Ornish called Eat More, Weigh Less, and…

…Bernie’s yoga mat…

In March 2009, Bernie Madoff pled guilty to 11 counts of federal crimes including securities fraud, money laundering, and perjury. Yesterday, The New York Times reported that last week’s auction netted a cool $2 million dollars, which seems like a drop in the bucket considering the $10-20 billion dollar Ponzi scheme he ran.  However, it most certainly means something to the beneficiaries of the auction.  That’s right, Bernie’s goods – undies and all – were auctioned off to benefit his victims, who included public school teachers to small town pension funds, many of whom lost their life savings. Bernie Madoff is currently serving 150 years in federal prison.

This story always makes me so sad.

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Dear Universe,

You know as well as I do, that I’m a girl who enjoys the simple pleasures in life. Waking up early. A good cup of tea. Dogs. And one of my very favorite simple pleasures is getting to yoga class, unrolling my lovely mat, and lining it up precisely with the panels in the wood floor. I thought I was nutty until you brought blogging into my life and I met this girl and her blog, who showed me I wasn’t alone in my yogic neuroses.

So one could very well understand that when I started reading about people practicing yoga without mats, I started to feel slightly uncomfortable. Maybe slightly panicked. While I admit that I will sometimes practice at home sans mat, and I might stray off of my mat during class for very specific poses, I am not sure I would ever attend a class without a mat. But, Universe, this seems like small potatoes compared to what you presented to me today.

Yes today, I was innocently trolling the Internet – that vast and uncharted territory that is nearly as big as you – when I saw an article on line about these:

I literally sat in front of my computer staring at this atrocity for what seemed like hours. Steam came out of my ears and there were springs popping out of the top of my head. My brain could only think 3 words (and in a very monotone, computer-like voice):




A round yoga mat!?  Do you see the size of that thing? It is nearly the width of two standard mats put together! Now, I know that in you in your infinite wisdom are chortling at me and my high drama. But seriously. What happens when the day comes – and you know it will – that I’m sitting peacefully waiting for my favorite class to begin, watching the room fill up, and someone attempts to unroll that absolutely enormous…round…thing?

Oh, Universe. Why do you do these things to me? Why do you make me feel unsettled just when I’m settling in? What can these round yoga mats possibly teach me that I don’t already know? That I’m a little nutty? That I like straight lines? That I am still struggling with non-attachment?

I will resist.  Oh, yes. I will resist.

In the meantime, please reconsider.



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Yoga Mat Wall Art

Got an old yoga mat that you don’t know what to do with?  Interior designers Courtney Coleman and Bill Brockschmidt had a good idea…they repurposed yoga mats into fancy schmancy wall panels in a Florida couple’s dining room.

Yoga Mat Wall Panels

Read the rest of the story and see more photos at House Beautiful online.  If your old yoga mats would make for some psychedelic or stinky wall paneling, do what I did: donate them to Jade’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Program.

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