Why MantraMat?

The Best Natural Yoga Mats Personalized With Your Mantra

When I started Yoga I was practicing on a plain department store mat. I loved practicing yoga but did not love (OK really disliked) my yoga mat. There were so many issues with the mat. It moved when I was going through yoga poses, it smelled, it did not have enough cushion (or too much depending on which yoga mat I was using), it was made of unfriendly PVC, I could go on. After practicing Yoga for some time on this mat I realized that this yoga mat does not connect with who I am and what I stand for. I went on a search for a high-quality Yoga mat that connects with who I am and represents what I stand for as well as supports me properly through my yoga practice.

Little did I know what a search this would be. I have purchased almost EVERY single yoga mat available. If the cushion on the yoga mat was right – it was made irresponsibly. If the grip was right and I didn’t slip – the yoga mat didn’t have enough cushion or the mat itself moved under me. If the mat was made responsibly the cushion was wrong and the yoga mat fell apart shortly after purchasing it. Some mats smelled and made me nauseous, and others were too small. My yoga practice that is supposed to center me was turning into something that was very frustrating as I could not find the right mat to get centered on.

I realized I had to take matters into my own entrepreneurial hands. I started on a long journey to find the perfect mat – from an existing supplier or from scratch. We ordered samples of EVERY different type of mat from EVERY single supplier we could find as well as prototyped some of our own. At one point, we had so many mats my kids were wondering if we were starting a Yoga studio in our house!

Not only did we get every mat and beat the hell out of them we also practiced extensively on them and got feedback from other Yogis.

Finally, we found a mat that I LOVED and a mat that my wife LOVED (surprise! They are different mats!) I love the cork and natural rubber mat – she loves the all-natural rubber mat. All of our mats have the right amount of cushion, EXCELLENT grip, are durable (we’ve put them through the ringer, from literally throwing them multiple times over and over again in the ocean, to leaving them in 105 degree sun for days at a time, to folding them up like a pretzel, or leaving them outside for a month), made responsibly, don’t smell like other mats, and are the perfect size for practicing in a group or at home – Not too big and not too small. They are also antimicrobial and great for hot yoga or where water (or sweat) is something to contend with. BUT we were not done.

I realized I had to take matters into my own entrepreneurial hands. I started on a long journey to find the perfect mat – from an existing supplier or from scratch. We ordered samples of EVERY different type of mat from EVERY single supplier we could find as well as prototyped some of our own. At one point, we had so many mats my kids were wondering if we were starting a Yoga studio in our house!

Not only did we get every mat and beat the hell out of them we also practiced extensively on them and got feedback from other Yogis.

Finally, we found a mat that I LOVED and a mat that my wife LOVED (surprise! They are different mats!) I love the cork and natural rubber mat – she loves the all-natural rubber mat. All of our mats have the right amount of cushion, EXCELLENT grip, are durable (we’ve put them through the ringer, from literally throwing them multiple times over and over again in the ocean, to leaving them in 105 degree sun for days at a time, to folding them up like a pretzel, or leaving them outside for a month), made responsibly, don’t smell like other mats, and are the perfect size for practicing in a group or at home – Not too big and not too small. They are also antimicrobial and great for hot yoga or where water (or sweat) is something to contend with. BUT we were not done.

I did not want to practice on the mat my wife wanted to practice on or the yoga mat that Bob our neighbor wanted to practice on (Bob is a fictional character and any resemblance implied or otherwise to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental). I wanted my yoga mat to be something special to me. A yoga mat that connected me to my practice. A yoga mat that I could call my own and would center me.

Next, I had to figure out how we could personalize our yoga mat and do this for other people.

After A LOT more research, talking to professionals and having prototypes of personalized yoga mats made up by different machines, we set upon a process that burns your Mantra into your mat. When practicing on the MantraMat and looking at your Mantra through your practice it will help you reflect and accomplish whatever is important to you on that day and in that practice. Our goal is to provide you not just an amazing yoga mat, but an amazing yoga mat that keeps you centered and mindful.

The MantraMat and MantraDog were born. Our mantra is Love, Loyalty, Service.

Love of Yoga

Loyalty to Our People

Service to the World

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