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The yoga mat itself is great but the colour is not anywhere close to being as described! The description said it was a purple background with a bright pink pattern, which sounds pretty, but the pattern is actually a hideous orange colour. Bleh.
I'd give this mat a 5-star review, but the color wasn't quite what was pictured. The mandala design on it is actually a pretty bright red in person, as opposed to the more magenta appearance in the web images. That doesn't make the mat unusable by any means, and I'm still really enjoying it. I have this mat set aside specifically for my yoga practice, while I've demoted my old yoga mat to being used during other workouts, like for abdominal and floor exercises, etc.
Be aware this has a very strong chemical odor to it when you first get it. Set it outside for a few hours to allow it to air out. The odor goes away completely after a couple weeks.
If you’re into Yoga then you know the brand Gaiam be it from television or online, classes and/or products. The #Gaiam mats are awesome and worth every cent. They adhere to wood or vinyl flooring. You don’t have to worry about slipping! Slipping on studio flooring does happen! Make no mistake with some mats. I know it’s happened to me. With that being said I would suggest for users with back problems consider talking to your orthopedic doctor about securing a floor mat that’s much thicker. These mats are great for people who exercise and require cushion but not many inches of thickness to perform floor work. I say this because I have a slipped knee cap and these work fine for me. Someone like my mother with a slipped spinal disc may not get the support they need so play it safe double or triple up the mats or talk to your doctor about your best options before committing. Gaiam is an excellent company and they’d tell you the same. They care about their consumers and put out great products.
This yoga mat would be perfect if I could only breathe within two feet of it (probably a good thing to be able to do during yoga). Unfortunately, the mat arrived smelling so strong of chemical fumes, rubber, and burnt plastic, that I had to wash it front and back three times, and then leave it outside to air out for three days before I could be near it. I refuse to put my face close to it, and I currently use it only on the roof where I have loads of fresh air to mask the putrid odor.