Hard on the knees
Hello - I just got the mat last week and took it to my yoga practice today for the first time. After my practice my knees really started to hurt and even during the practice I felt that the mat was really hard, like practicing on a cold hard floor. Does this get better? Is there any way to rectify the knew issue or somehow to make the mat softer?
December 18, 2014
The BEST. But please, NO MORE PINK MATS!
I love this mat. I have been using it for three years, taking 3-4 vinyasa classes per week. So it gets a lot of use. In terms of smell, I never really noticed one. Maybe at the beginning, but no more than any other quality mat I had owned previously, and it was gone after a month-ish, so it wasn't an issue for me. My mat is light grey, was probably called Sandstone or something, and it hasn't stained beyond darkening where my hands and feel have held downdog countless times.
In terms of stickiness - the best (I use the slick side). Like really. But I have to say its not super sticky immediately, especially when both my hands/feet, and the mat, are cold. Once I am warm, and my hands and feet get a little sweaty, the stickiness begins and progresses to improve through out my practice. Its actually kind of incredible. I like to think that my mat warms up with me, and the more steady and stable I become, so does the mat. By the time the class gets to their apex pose, my mat is supporting me 100% (bring it on, arm balances).
Still, Lululemon, after 3 years of constant use, its time for a new mat. But can you please, please, please design some mats that are NOT pink or purple? Not all of us are super-duper 100% inspired by these uber girly mat colors... it is possible to be feminine and strong and awesome and not be empowered by pink and pastel colors!
December 16, 2014
Not worth the money
I got this mat after I heard it was the best on the market. The first few times I used it I loved it! But last week in pilates I noticed myself slipping. Then this morning I actually slipped and barely avoided injury by letting myself fall. The only thing bruised was my ego. Never again. I'm going out today to find a mat that's actually sticky.
If you're any kind of practitioner, new, experienced or occasional this is not the mat for you. Or anyone else.
December 14, 2014
I've had this mat for about a year, and I am bringing it back into the store today to see if they will replace it. The closest store is about 45 minutes away, so I've been putting off a trip to the store for about 6 months! It was super grippy for the first few months, but I agree with all the other users about the mat turning into a slip and slide. I can't hold poses in it, and have fallen out of some of them because my feet and hands keep sliding on it. I've followed all the cleaning instructions, but the mat is about as useless as a cheap mat.
December 14, 2014
Super disappointed. I got this mat a little over a year ago. Within 2 weeks it was stained all over. I took it to the store and the staff told me it was normal (it's light pink). They instructed me how to clean it and I have been doing exactly what they said. I went back and they did not want to take it back as they said unfortunately their mat stains and it's "normal". I'm very embarrassed at the studio as it looks like I don't have personal hygiene. I don't want to buy another one as this is expensive. I would even be okay if they had exchanged it for a darker pink one but that was not in their solution. Pretty bad customer service considering that they know their mat stains after using it only a couple of times.
December 13, 2014
Disappointed at stickiness
I had heard so many good things about this mat that I went ahead and purchased it.
I've kept it in stellar condition, but unfortunately it's just *not* sticky enough for my practice. I keep slipping in my poses (especially Downward Dog). In fact, I almost injured myself from using this mat!
I'm an avid yoga practitioner (6 days / week) I teach and I recommend mats to my students all the time. I like to help people with their yoga, and with my advice on yoga products. I thought this yoga mat would make it into my 'best of' series to recommend to people, but sadly not!
I will stay on the lookout for a real sticky mat for yoga practitioners.
December 13, 2014
worked great for a while but....
I bought this mat about a year ago and loved it at first! Even despite the strong chemical smell that was supposed to go away ( and never really did I think I finally just got used to it)...but can be hard to relax when your nose is to the mat in child's pose...it was great. Until about a week ago I find myself sliding now...like it's not absorbing like it used to...and now it smells! :( I clean it according to directions after every use...and I'm really not all that stinky, but hey, sweat smells I guess. Again, worked great for a year, but I didn't plan on needing a new one and spending $70+ a year on a yoga mat. I even have two of my friends that bought it after my rave reviews.Dissapointed. :(
December 12, 2014
I was in love.... until it became a slip n slide
Let me start by saying that I was absolutely (and still am) in love with this mat. I felt so supported and the grip was fantastic. I practice hot yoga and I love that I didn't have to use yogitoes. However, after 7 short WEEKS my mat completely lost its grip and I've fallen in arm balances and even downward facing dog! I'm constantly slipping. I'm nervous I may take a pretty hard fall, and a supportive mat is a top priority for my practice. I've cleaned it to the T according to the lulu instructions. Is it time for me to retire my mat so soon? :( I'm super bummed.
December 11, 2014
Stick don't slip and slide mat
From the first time I used my mat in class, I was converted and assured that I made a fabulous purchase!! I teach PIYO and was slipping and sliding all over in just a regular (cheap) mat. Now when I see my students struggling like I did, I recommend them to get this mat!!
December 10, 2014
It should last longer...no?
I got this mat over a year ago. I was reluctant to spend that much money on a mat, but it was really worth it. It changed my practice in such a good way. No need for an annoying towel in my hot yoga classes. I even convinced 4 of my friends to bite the bullet and spend the money. I take extremely good care of the mat and followed all of the clean instructions.
Now I can't make it though 5 minutes of class with out slipping all over the place. It won't even stay to the floor. I find myself slipping and sliding all over it. It's become dangerous. When I use a towel the my feet are still sliding and I can't even hold warrior 1 or 2 without practically falling into a split. I've given up on wheel because I can't get traction. I expected more from this mat. Is this something that needs to be purchased once a year??
I am so sad. I may have to retire this and look for something more reliable.
December 9, 2014