The yoga mat: ubiquitous signifier of the yoga practitioner. All those other signs (stretchy pants, Krishna shirts, Om tattoos) don’t really mean anything, but how often do you find yourself smiling at someone on the street just because they have a mat slung over their shoulder? Or excusing someone’s blissed out daze because their mat indicates they may have just come from the studio? Of course, with price tags of $75US and up, the yoga mat has also become a status symbol and, at times, indication of one’s place in the exclusive “yoga club.” But maybe there’s more to it than that.
Earlier this week, at Seane Corn’s appearance at Occupy Wall Street, the yoga mat took on another meaning. While Seane spoke, people raised their mats in the air in an apparent gesture of solidarity and unity. For the first time in history, the yoga mat became a symbol of protest and a demand for change.
In honour of the evolution of the yoga mat, I’m happy to do a little giveaway of said product. Manduka contacted me about their new line of “fall colours,” and while I’m not sure what means (can we expect more seasonal colour variations? pleasant pastels for spring, perhaps?), it’s a welcome change from the dreary old black Manduka Pro. And I love giving away stuff!
So, I have one eKO Mat, made of biodegradable natural rubber, for a lucky IAYB reader. All you have to is answer the following question: What does your yoga mat mean to you? Is it your sacred space, a holding place for your intentions, your daily foundation? Is it simply some cushioning between your knees and the hard floor? Do you have a story about your current mat? Where have you taken it?
Write your response in the comment section before 9am EST, Monday, October 17. One name will be drawn at random.