I do a lot of yoga, and when I say a lot of yoga, I mean A LOT. I teach classes almost everyday, sometimes I even teach all day. I take classes, go on retreats, and even taking pictures for my Instagram means doing more yoga. So, as you can imagine, I spend a lot of time on yoga mats.
The Pranamat ECO isn’t a typical yoga mat. With tiny lotus designs covering the entirety of the mat (including 5000 points of pressure) the Pranamat is designed to relieve tension in your muscles as you use it. Benefits include better sleep, deeper muscle relaxation, and an overall sense of full body rejuvenation.
At first, I was a little hesitant. It seemed like a solid idea, but the execution of it was slightly intimidating. The idea of sitting on a bunch of tiny, pokey little flowers had me questioning how relaxing it could really be. However, once on the mat I found myself relaxing way more than I expected, and it felt incredible! I now use this mat all the time, even if I’m just sitting on my phone or laptop getting work done.
I also like to have peace of mind that the things I use aren’t actively hurting the environment, and Prana mats are eco-friendly! (YAY!) Not only does this assure me that the company is giving back to the environment, but the natural feel of the mat because of the earth-friendly linen, cotton, and coconut fibers creates an even more zen feeling when touched.
Of course, I do yoga on it too. It is a yoga mat after all. So without further ado, here are my favorite poses to do on the Prana mat.
1. Bound Angle Pose
Start in a seated position bringing the soles of the feet to touch. Inhale as you sit up nice and tall finding length in the spine. You can totally stay here and just enjoy the sensations of the mat or if you want more of a stretch you can progress into a fold. Exhale as you fold forward letting gravity pull your knees towards the ground. Try to keep your spine nice and long and enjoy the stretch in the inner and outer hips. Sit in this position for 1-3 minutes or as long as it feels good.
2. Ardha Matsyendrasana
Simply start with your legs out in front of you, bending your knees to bring your left foot to your right hip and your right foot flat on the floor outside of your left thigh. Inhale as you sit up tall. Exhale as you bring your left elbow to your right thigh and your right hand on the floor behind you, twisting the torso and sending your gaze behind you. Inhale sit up taller and exhale twist deeper. Hold this for about 5 breaths and then switch sides. I love this pose because it helps to detox your internal organs ans feels amazing on your spine!
3. Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose
Find a wall, and place the mat against the wall. You can also use your Pranapillow under your head here. Bring your hips as close to the wall as possible, lay on your back, and then swing your legs up so they rest on the wall. Scoot closer or farther away if necessary. Hold this pose for 5-15 minutes. Play on your cell phone if you must, or close your eyes and take this opportunity to chill out or meditate.
All in all, the Pranamat and Pranapillow are super relaxing and zen. I would definitely recommend it to anyone trying to spice up their recovery days. Pranamat ECO will revolutionize your life!
Check out the Pranamat here.