“Now is not the end.
It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
— Winston Churchill
Disclaimer: Frankly, I’m a bit nervous about this design. It’s the brainchild of my husband/business parter, Darin, designed by our daughter, Hannah, and the hazmat photoshoot was coordinated by one of our prolific designers, Gladys. Meaning, there’s plenty of blame to go around if everyone hates it. But Darin doesn’t ask for much — he’s the brains behind our website and oversees the printing and shipping of our yoga mats — and he thought there should be room for at least a little levity in all of this, so I gave him a green light with a lot of reservations — Joleen
It’s been a long time since we’ve all gathered to do yoga in the same space, and it’s likely to be a long time until we do so again. We’re all sequestered in our homes, our contact with everyone and everything is limited, but this won’t last forever.
At some point we’re going to emerge from our homes, blinking in the sunlight, and cautiously begin to take stock of our changed world.
This mat is a reminder that we still need to keep our social distance once we get back in the studio. (And right now it might serve as a warning to our kids to “OMG would you please stay 6 feet away from me for one minute?!” It’s worth a try… I know that having our teenagers underfoot 24/7 while trying to run our business AND help them with distance learning is… well, challenging.)
And, yes, we’re still trying to keep our business moving forward during all of this, but we don’t want to be seen as profiteering from the world’s misery, which is why this design is part of our Compassion Collection. $30 from the sale of every Hazmat goes to Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders, an incredible organization doing amazing work all over the world — even in places like New York City and in deeply affected Native American populations in the Southwestern United States!
About Our Yoga Mats
Our beautiful and artistic yoga mats bond a velvety microfiber surface to an eco-friendly natural rubber base. This luxurious microfiber surface actually gets grippier as it gets wetter, making it perfect for all kinds of yoga, but especially for hot yoga!
Our mats are printed in our Minnesota studio using nontoxic water-based dyes and are completely washable.
We don’t plaster our logo on your yoga mat. Instead, we hide our name somewhere in every design. You can read more about why we do this here.
- 24" wide × 72" long × 3/16" thick (183cm × 61cm × 4.5mm)
- 4.5 mm thick — thicker than most mats to provide extra support for knees, wrists, and hips!
- Sturdy, portable, and easily packable at 5.5 pounds.
- Lays flat — the ends won’t curl after it’s been rolled!
- Sustainably printed using nontoxic, water-based dyes.
- The wetter it gets the grippier it gets.
- Luxuriously soft and thick for restorative practices.
- Gorgeous, vibrant artwork that’s just as beautiful as anything you’d hang on your wall!
- Unique — no one will have a mat as cool as yours!
Great yoga mats start with great materials, and Big Raven Yoga mats are the highest quality yoga mats in the world. We’ve arrived at what we believe to be the ideal yoga mat.
It’s a well-balanced synthesis of size, weight and cushion made from premium, eco-friendly materials. Our brushed microfiber suede top is a proprietary recycled polyester to help lessen our impact on the environment. By using recycled (and recyclable) materials, we’re reducing our use of energy, water, and greenhouse gases.
In addition, our base is made from biodegradable, recyclable, 100% natural tree rubber which provides both excellent cushion and great traction for wet floors. Our yoga mats are the perfect blend of art and engineering and function as both your yoga towel and your yoga mat.
We only make one yoga mat. Many designs, but only one mat, because it’s the best mat we know how to make.
Our yoga mats are nearly indestructible. No matter what you do to them they’ll continue to look and perform like new for years to come. (We know this from experience. We WANT to treat our yoga mats the way they deserve to be treated, but we never actually do.) Simply hose it down or machine wash on cold in a front-loading washing machine and hang to dry for a long, colorful life.
Our microfiber suede surface provides more grip the wetter it gets, making it the perfect companion for sweatier practices and/or more intensive exercise regimes — you’ll never need a towel over your yoga mat again! It’s thick enough to keep your knees happy but light enough to take with you on the go.
For maximum grip, lightly spray with water before beginning your practice. The more you sweat, the more you’ll grip, and the more stable and balanced you’ll feel. Prefer a dry practice? Simply mist the surface of your mat with a spray bottle to activate the grip.
All of our unique artwork is created in-house by women with a feminist point of view. We don’t purchase designs from stock photo warehouses. You can be sure that every design is unique to us. And you can be sure you’ll have an eye-catching mat like no other!
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