So… 2020 has been traumatic for all of us. Today, as I write this on May 29, 2020, our beloved twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are being ravaged by riots, protests, looting and arson as a result of the apparent murder of George Floyd, the epicenter of which is taking place only two blocks from our kids’ high school (which, remarkably, has been left untouched). And — oh yeah — there’s still a dangerous pandemic on the rise in Minnesota, which will only be exacerbated by the sudden lack of social distancing as a result of all of this. And then there’s Trump, almost literally fanning the flames, seemingly treating this as a dress rehearsal for the white supremacist race war he’s undoubtedly hoping will erupt as a result of his coming loss this fall. (Plus Murder Hornets, the least of the plagues that have been visited upon us so far this year, but there’s still 7 months to go.)
Luckily, our kids are safe, our home is safe, and our print studio is intact. My heart bleeds for our cities and their families, and all of the other small business owners whose livelihoods have been burned out from under them.
Also today, as I write this, would have been our neighborhood’s annual post-Memorial Day ice cream social, the one night each year our entire Prospect Park neighborhood gathers at Pratt Elementary and Tower Hill Park — home of the Witch's Hat Water Tower — for games, music, food, ice cream… and to climb the tower and take in the incredible views of the city in all directions. On a good day you can see from the waters of Lake Minnetonka all the way to the state capitol in St. Paul. Tonight the views would have been that of smoke and flames and National Guard troops moving through our streets.
This park and its tower has been our neighborhood’s landmark ever since it was built over 100 years ago. Its sweeping views are threatened by encroaching developers, and the park is always in need of upkeep, which is why this design has been made a part of our Compassion Collection, with the additional proceeds from the sale of each mat benefitting The Friends of Tower Hill Park.
(This design is based on a photo provided by former resident Josh Purple, who grew up in Prospect Park and whose family has a long history in the neighborhood. Thank you, Josh!)
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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