[B]Recommend though have’nt tried other eco mats[/B] to compare with
I recently acquired the mat you refer to, a couple of months ago.
Though only used not more than a handful of times , if that , for exploratory asana practice the past 2-3 months , i can vouch it is a good mat. It replaces the pvc one, my first( so icannot compare this withother eco mats though ii had first looked at the harmony jade i don’t regret buying this one, my eventual choice); i always intuited one would [B]feel more grounded and connected with the earth [/B]with an eco mat, my motivation for buying one may not be therfore arguably purely ecological. Though Nicer to practice on with a more natural material i feel.
This one has a jute weave enmeshed and woven into the top of a rubber under-side.I don’t think you should be dissapointed with this mat, as long as you don’t mind the lack of uniformity in the weave which gives the mat character.
I have increasingly felt the pvc mats yucky or even cringe-worthy to practice on.There’s something not right, like practicing yoga in shoes.I’ve been thinking perhaps teleuric energy( something a tantra teacher dropped a casual referenceto during asana) or energy of some kind ( perhaps prana)does’nt flow so freely.Like for e.g when you do your surya namskara and you say start off say in prayer-pose you’'re grounding yourself with the subtle energies to get more connected with the earth( it’s gravitational pull) and thus the universe, to get more energised.This is just a feeling i’ve got but another reviewer of eco mats (his maybe a per)echoed this same sentiment.This one is even i think a few inches longer, than old pvc one, at 72" i believe, and even gripppier if that is a plus.
If you practice asana everyday or spend alot of tiime doing so this eco mat is very nice and worth it. I spent maybe 32-34pound perhpas (made in the uk). Surpassed expectations when arrived in post.
A Joy to have. I don’t practice asana much as it does’nt always agree with me, i rarely roll this mat out,but this mat Is nice to look at I have been exploring/experimenting some gentle yoga more appropriate for me right now however, aside from a more normal dynamic asana practice,whatever that might be.( the least i could do witha rehabilitative practice was cultivate some kind on a nice mat i felt no qualms being on)
i would go for this one.they even look natural, not garish colours.It was a toss between the green and the cream colours, i settled for the cream or natural.
Hope this helps .