Making our Yoga Mats
Someone once said "what is old is new again". That could be said for these mats. They are made using an ancient ayurvedic technique called 'ayurvastra' which translates as 'Life Cloth'.
Over 80 different herbs are used in these mats. Signature herbs that are not only used to provide the beautiful colours, but also for their medicinal properties include sandalwood, neem, indigo, vetiver, nettle and turmeric. Many of the herbs used in making the mats are herbs we also use in our skincare range that we handcraft right here in Hawke's Bay. For more information about these herbs read our blog post on this topic.
The underside of the mat is brushed with natural rubber which adds grip to the mat. The woven ribbing on the mats provides grip for your feet. These mats help extend your practice into something even more divine. They tread so lightly on the earth that you can even compost them when you are done with them.
Our partners in India who make these mats for us by hand are committed to environmental and social sustainability. Their work is helping revive traditional handloom skills. This herbal dyeing process does not use any toxic or synthetic materials. The water used in the process is reused for irrigation, while the solid plant matter is returned to the earth as compost.
I sew on the Archeus labels in the apothecary.