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This Charcoal Mat Is Changing The Hot Yoga Game

This charcoal infused yoga mat will not only keep users in the Bakasana hand pose without falling over, they’ll also keep the stretching space from smelling like any stinky sweat.

Hot yoga has taken over gyms the world over as the only way to engage in excruciatingly difficult poses that stretch parts of your anatomy that you never knew you had, all to mildly relaxing music.

Unfortunately, hot yoga is hard. If you’re not struggling just to stay conscious in the 100-degree heat, then you’re slipping over the pool of sweat you’ve accumulated on your yoga mat. And that’s not even considering the accumulated odors that build up from dozens of sessions.

If that’s not enough to get you into a hot yoga class, then maybe this brand new yoga mat will convince you to give it a whirl.

via Manduka

It’s called the Manduka GRP mat, and it eats sweat for breakfast like your yoga instructor eats avocado toast with a flax seed smoothie. It has a leather-like, anti-slip surface that will keep you in the bitilasana pose until the cows come home. Which makes sense since that’s the Standing Cow pose (see what we did there).

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The secret to the Manduka is its charcoal-infused natural rubber, which absorbs moisture from sweat at the same time as it eliminates odors. It also has “100% open airflow [which] filters moisture immediately for the ultimate towel-less experience,” according to the Manduka website.

Not only will your hands stick to the mat but the mat will also stick to the floor thanks to its incredibly sticky surfaces. And while the mat’s surface keeps everything solidly stuck, it’s still soft enough to be comfy during some of those extended holds.

And best of all, everything is sustainably sourced. The rubber comes from sustainably grown rubber trees, harvested in sustainable ways, and then handed over to a Spanish factory that turns that rubber into yoga mats without pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

However, all this sustainability and technology isn’t going to be as cheap as a $5 mat. The Manduka GRP is $95, but while that blows a hole in the wallet it will keep you standing while your classmates are falling over their own sweat-slicked limbs.

Worth it? We think so!

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