When I was in my 200H teacher training it was kind of a joke that a couple of us used blankets for lots of regular yoga asanas. The reason: boney parts of our bodies hurt when they came in contact with the floor. No matter how thick our mats were, we were uncomfortable. In my own practice I always use blankets to protect my knees, my belly and sometimes my elbows.
So I was really excited to try the Vernice Vita mat, and to offer a bunch of my students a chance to give it a whirl. This unique yoga mat has three layers of protection for yogis. The top layer (where you root down with those foot ball mounts) is a texturized neoprene so it is slip-free and water resistant. On the bottom is a skid-proof EVA layer that keeps the mat still while you move through your flow and from slipping on any studio floor. But the kicker is the middle layer which has MEMORY FOAM! This foamy middle layer is just thick enough (two thicknesses are available) to cushion your body without jeopardizing your stability. The mat provides protection while providing a still firm place to flow. My students loved the mat’s cushioning for their knees and that it did not move at all during a practice. There was little slipping of their hands and they were able to flow without feeling stuck to the mat. Several of my students are already purchasing these mats to use in their practice and for other activities!
In addition to being super comfy, the Vernice Vita mats are made from 25% natural rubber, they are PVC free and are packaged in materials that are recycled. The company is a US-owned, yogi run one.
The awesome folks at Vernice Vita have collaborated with me to give away one Vernice Vita mat of the winner’s size choice and to offer all my yogis and readers a discount of $10 off a mat using the unique code YOGINI10.
To be entered into the giveaway please follow these rules:
1.) Contest not limited to United States readers.
2.) You MUST like Vernice Vita and Flying Yogini on Facebook and Twitter (Vernice Vita & Flying Yogini). You MUST sign up to follow blog posts or newsletters of Flying Yogini.
3.) You MUST comment on this post with what pose you most feel like the Vernice Vita mat would help provide protection in your practice.
4.) For an extra entry share this contest/post on Facebook or Twitter and be sure to tag both Vernice Vita and Flying Yogini so we can see it.
Contest runs 11/5/12- 11/20/12 6:00 a.m. EST. Winner will be drawn at random and announced in the comments here, on Facebook and on Twitter.
What poses require your avana, your protection? Do tell…
This Vernice vita mat sounds wonderful! I would love to feel the comfort it offers in camel pose and shavasana. The memory foam must be amazing! Hopeful & grateful! -namaste
This mat sounds heavenly! I think I would most benefit from the extra cushion in Virasana – tops of feet need a little extra padding. 🙂
Camel pose. I love the idea of extra cushioning.
This would definitely help out w/ spinal balance pose!
oh my guru!! memory foam in a mat, wahoo!!
since i’m a bony kinda gal, i’m sure it will help in a variety of poses, but mostly anything belly down, like bow pose or cobra.. my hip points get bruised after too much “belly time” 😉
i already follow you and i’m adding vernice vita right now! i’ll be sure to add this to the fun yogi holiday gift list!!
Edith Lazenby says
I love the idea of feeling softness under foot that still allows me to root into the earth. Am sure in any standing pose, where I must hug in and expand into the earth will help me feel the breath of the earth.
Also, those poses on my knees, like Ustrasana or Cat/Cow, might keep me from dancing with blankets.
Wow! Where to start? I am returning to yoga after a long un-healthy hiatus and have been re-building a regular practice since this September. How would this mat help me. Well, one of my favourite poses is chair, so mostly it would help me when I tumble. Also, Fish (matsyasana). My head is princess-like. 🙂
Congrats to Jaclyn whose name was drawn at random to win the Vernice Vita mat. Please message me at connecticutyogini at gmail dot com with your info. Thanks to everyone for entering