Mukti Yoga Mats: Review of the Grounded Mat
There's a story behind this brand which I absolutely adore.
With a dedication to creating ethical, sustainable and natural yoga mats and supporting wonderful causes, Mukti Yoga Mats are the perfect option for yogis wanting to have a positive impact on the world.
Mats are free of toxic foaming agents, PVC and plasticisers.
Mukti Yoga Mats support the Himalayan Tailoring Centre in North India, which was created to provide fair employment to help improve the lives of Tibetan refugees and local Indian people.
Mats are made from biodegradable natural tree rubber, jute and cotton.
Mukti Yoga Mats have also partnered with Seed a Change and plant a tree for every mat purchased online.
Mats come with a handy cotton strap, making it a whole lot easier to carry!
Find out more about their story here!
And now for the mat.
I chose the Mukti Grounded Mat because it looked beautiful, it sounded like it would suit my yoga practice and it received raving reviews on the website.
The mat arrived very quickly and was packaged minimally and beautifully. I rolled it out straight away because I was so excited to try it out!
There was a mild rubber smell, which I honestly didn't mind. It was earthy and didn't smell unnatural or unpleasant.
The first things I happily discovered were the length and thickness of the mat. I practice yoga on a wooden floor and usually need two mats to be comfortable, however, the thickness of the Mukti Mat was perfectly balanced. It was cushioned enough that I didn't need a second mat, yet I still felt grounded and supported. The length also seemed a little longer than normal, which was great! I'm not particularly tall, but I have found on some mats that I'm super close to the edges when I'm lying flat.
The wonderful team behind Mukti Yoga Mats warned me that for a sweaty yoga practice, the Grounded Mat might not be the most suitable, so please keep this in mind if you are choosing a mat. Yin yoga is my most regular practice so I had no need to worry about excessive sweat! However, the Grounded Mat is quite clever in its reversibility- one side is smoother and softer for Yin and the other side has a grippy texture from natural jute fibres and is both moisture absorbing and slip reducing. I have tried at least 5 different types of yoga mats over the years (ranging from $15-$130) and this one from Mukti Yoga Mats is so far has the best texture for not slipping.
What I love about the look of this mat is the earthiness of it. The Mukti Grounded mat is quiet, simple and sophisticated and it encourages me to focus on my yoga practice. It looks and feels organic, which complements my yoga and meditation style!
The Mukti Grounded Mat and Mindfulness
I'm always on the lookout for tools which support my mindfulness practice and this yoga mat is no exception! Here are a few ways this mat helps me be more mindful:
The texture. Having a unique texture to touch and connect with throughout my yoga and meditation practice is really lovely. I pay attention to the way the mat feels against my skin, particularly on the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet. The texture is also a wonderful visual feature to explore and keep my mind present during my practices.
The smell. I find the slight rubbery smell really grounding! According to the reviews on the website, the smell will continue to fade, so I'm making the most of it while it lasts.
The values of the Mukti team. Knowing that this yoga mat is the result of people following their dreams to create a sustainable, natural and useful product genuinely inspires me! When I use it, I feel reminded of these values to keep doing what I love and to try and make a real difference in the world.