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May 15, 2014

GAIAM Yoga Mat and Tote Review

*I received  free products for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.

I started doing CrossFit more than 2 years ago. I work out 5 days a week and I just can not imagine my life without it. However, as I lift heavier weights and work out more difficult movements, I noticed that flexibility is an issue for me. My trainer recommend that I pick up yoga. Although it's not something I could have considered in the past, I thought I would give it a try to see if it could help me at all.

I tried yoga and I love it. However, I was not happy with the mat I had. The mat I was using was a mat given to me by a friend. I felt like there was nothing between me and the wooden floor at all. Then I was lucky enough to have received the Premium Sage Lily Yoga Mat and Tote Bag from GAIAM.

I love the beautiful print on my new yoga mat and I thought the tote bag was really nice too!

I could not wait to take them to my yoga class to try them out. My mat is 5mm thick and it is lightweight. It is very easy to roll up and toss into the tote bag. When I go to yoga, I always drop my little guy off at child care first, so since I am already carrying a heavy diaper bag for him, it's nice not to have to carry a heavy yoga mat as well.

I thought the mat provided a good cushion for my body. I did find it a little slippy on my first couple of uses when I was doing downward dog and planks. However, It became less slippy after a few uses, so it worked well after that.

For a mom on the go, I thought the lightweight mat and tote was a great combination. To buy the products I received to review, please visit the GAIAM official website or follow the links above to purchase off Amazon.


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