This Genius Exercise Mat Rolls Itself Up Like a Slap Bracelet
The worst part of yoga isn't practicing plank or pigeon pose—it's rolling up your mat after all is said and done. That's because, regardless of whether you're a total newbie or a bonafide handstand queen, you're still prone to coiling it too loosely to stash in your bag or accidentally unraveling the whole damn thing. There goes your zen!
Luckily, a gift from the yoga gods is here to make this ever-present annoyance completely disappear: The Backslash Fit self-rolling yoga mat. (We're affiliated with Backslash Fit.)
It'sdesigned to furl up perfectly—that is, evenly and with the just amount of tension—every damn time. Behold:
How It's Different
As if theroll-and-gotrick isn't enough, the mat is also made toremain in its tight little coil—no strap required—andbalance uprighton either end more confidently than you in tadasana, the pose in which you stand on both feet.
What's more,it's lightweight, extra cushy, has a durable surface, and is extra longso you never end up with a hand or foot on the floor. It also has a non-slip bottom so you can't possibly slide the mat out of place.
Further proof the future is here: The mat includes an Amazon Alexa command that turns your device into a yoga teacher andtalks you through aflow of the dayfromWomen's Health.
How It Feels
Because this mat's features sounded so good on paper, I had to feel the magic beneath my own two feet. Would it deliver on quality and convenienceandstand up to my sweaty hands and feet? And would it provide ample padding?! (Those kneeling quad stretch binds typically make me wince in agony before my thigh muscles have the chance to complain!)
When I tried to unroll the mat for a brief sequence, I struggled: Like a slap bracelet in a tight coil, it didn't automatically acquiesce. That said, after I snapped the near end into place by pressing the edge flat against the floor, and penguin-walked the far end out until it reached its full length, it remained glued to the ground for the remainder of my practice. The material was just cushy enough to pad my feet (and knees!) without compromising my balance, and the surface felt sturdy enough to hold its own during high-intensity workouts involving sneakers. While my bare feet were extra sweaty because of the boots I'd been wearing that day, and I could see things getting a bit slippery in a hot yoga situation, I found that in my low-key practice, the mat's smooth texture actually helped me sink deeper into poses like warrior two that I might otherwise have half-assed.
So, Should You Buy It?!
YAAS! Great for yoga and any other exercise, it's durable enough to last you a lifetime and so clever it might actually inspire you to hit the mat.
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