Yoga Mat FAQ'S
How do I care for my mat?
With proper care, your mat should last for many years. Use a cloth and a non-toxic cleaner to gently wipe down your mat after use. We also recommend that do this before your first use, as most yoga mats incur a thin layer of residue during the production process. Airing your mat out from time to time will also increase the lifespan of your mat.
My mat is super dirty…..
Perhaps you’ve taken your mat to the park or beach. What now? Simply wash your mat in the tub with some warm water and detergent, and she’ll be good as new.
Which side of the mat should I use?
We’ll leave that up to you! Generally, people like using the jute fiber side to practice on (the natural materials will contribute to grounding you!), but our mats are reversible and can be used on either side.
What if I'm slipping, how do I "break in" my new mat?
It’s not uncommon for your mat to be a bit slippery at first, but rest assured that as the jute softens with use, your mat will become much more grippy.
To help break your mat in faster you can try the method outlined here, that uses salt to soften the fibers.
What is the mat made from?
Our mats are made from meshing organic Jute and PER (Polymer Environmental Resin) together. The result is a beautifully textured mat that is both durable and functional, whilst also being 100% biodegradable.
Jute is one of nature’s most sustainable fibers, taking only 4 months to grow to maturity.
PER is a type of eco synthetic rubber, and like jute, is bio-degradable. It contains no PVC, heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates, phenols, PAH’s, latex, rubber, or silicone.
Where are our mats made?
Our mats are made in China under strict ethical guidelines. We work closely with our Chinese colleagues to supply you with products that consistently meet Ajna Wellbeing’s exacting requirements. Upon arrival in the US, the mats undergo a second quality assessment before they are shipped to customers.
What does ‘Buy a mat, plant a tree’ mean?
We are very proud and grateful to be able to support One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on planting trees around the world. With the sale of any Ajna product, we donate to One Tree Planted, who in turn plants a tree in one of four locations spanning the globe. These areas have often been subject to over-exploitation, wildfire, and drought. Planting trees positively affects everything from the air we breathe and climate change, to providing timber for housing and shelter.
What can I do with my old yoga mat?
You don’t have to throw your old mat into landfill. Try one of these creative and ideas, and give your mat a second life!
-Protect your car seats while traveling with pets
-Wrap delicate items up when moving house
-Cut small squares and place under furniture to avoid damaging hard floors
-Use under houseplants
-Line a cupboard for muddy shoes
-Keep one in the car for any spur of the moment picnics
-Cut a square to help open stubborn jar lids
What styles of yoga are suitable for your mats?
Our mats are best suited to Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Kundalini, Pilates, and Stretching.
If you sweat a lot or practice Bikram, our mat is suitable for use with a thin towel over the top.
Why buy an Ajna Wellbeing Yoga Mat?
We can say with confidence that these mats are our absolute favorite. We tested many varieties and materials during the creation process and found that this combo always had us returning for more. The feel, the density, the look…it will make your yoga experience all the more enjoyable!
Aside from that, this mat ticks all of our environmental prerequisites. Other mats, such as those made from PVC, release dioxins and other carcinogens into their surroundings during manufacturing and can be absorbed through your largest organ- your skin. By using jute and PER, we make a safe environment for both our customers and our manufacturers.
Additionally, PVC mats are not biodegradable or recyclable, and hence an unsustainable choice. We want our mats to last for years, not forever.
What are the dimensions?
Our mats are extra long at 72 inches, 24 inches wide and 5mm thick. We chose this thickness as it cushions your joints, but is not so thick that you lose your panic (energetic) connection to the earth.