December 31st, 2012 by Stag
The end of 2012 is quickly upon us.Â Now if you are thinking of partaking in the annual festivities (and you know you are) then you may need some pillows and comfort products to ease you through that inevitable hang-over this January 1st.Â Youâ€™ll need something to lay your weary head upon while you watch hours upon hours of standardized television in a vain attempt to subside that ever-present reminder of the night before.Â I find that the reading pillow is fantastic, na! – revolutionary product for these unproductive days.Â It allows for so many different sitting positions that would otherwise be very uncomfortable to do in bed.Â But not with this bad boy at your side, or should I say back.Â
But if youâ€™re in the mood, or just simply incapacitated to the point where you would rather lay your day away, then the eco friendly therapeutic positioningÂ body pillow it just the ticket.Â If you have not experienced the comfort, relaxation and down-right awesomeness of said body pillow then you are most certainly missing out, and the New Year is the perfect time to start new things!Â
Now if you just donâ€™t have the energy to do anything, let alone get out of bed or watch television and you simply want to sleep in, but need to work around that pesky sun outside.Â Might I recommend the an eye pillow.Â Soft, silky and they will certainly keep out that light from your hung-over eyes there â€œday-walkerâ€!Â No matter how little or how much you will have to drink this coming New Yearâ€™s Eve, we have the pillows and comfort products to keep you in bed to enjoy or recuperate your day away.Â And for those that will immediately begin their NewYears resolution to relax, stop stressingÂ and take betterÂ care of yourself, we have the perfect zafu meditation cushion.Â
To each and every one of our fantastic customers out there; Have a Great New Year, be safe and rest up!
December 31st, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
New years is upon us and that means a lot of empty vague resolutions. Quit smoking, volunteer more, finally start learning that foreign language, ask that cute receptionist out, listen to your wife, eat healthier and work out more!
Well, here at MatsMatsMats.com, nothing makes us happier than people actually following through. Right around the new year, we get a flood of calls from people that are starting yoga, spin class, got a gym membership, cheerleading, you name it. A lot of people in the developed world live very (often needlessly) busy lives and as a result, personal improvement can seem like an unimportant facet.Â Well bah-humbug to the nay-sayers! This year, that spare tire is going on craiglist!
If your thing is Yoga and you need a yoga mat, weâ€™ve got a LARGE and I mean LAAARGE variety of different yoga mats to meet all needs. Too sweaty? Try a natural rubber yoga mat. Purist? Try our Ashtanga rugs. Cheap? Get an 8-pack of studio mats for you and a few friends. Yoga is always more fun with friends. Letâ€™s say you just want to dust off that treadmill but those imbecile downstairs neighbors insist on imposing THEIR idea of quiet time when itâ€™s actually YOUR work-out time. What do you do? You slipÂ a treadmill mat under that sucker and smooth sailing away. No more complaints, no more neighborly conflict, AND you feel good about it.
But what about the grown man that really just wants to be a gymnast. My first piece of advice is to see a chiropractor. My second piece of advice, is to get one of our folding cheerleading mats. These suckers are cheap, durable, and come in all colors! Donâ€™t fret my unfit friends. If getting in shape is your goal this year, we got your sweet rump covered!
December 27th, 2012 by Stag
Do you love the Earth? Sure you do, and seeing as though itâ€™s still here and all; so much for the Mayan Solstice Apocalypse what have you,Â Iâ€™d say we should keep the gears running and lean towards the more eco-friendly products side of the spectrum.Â We have plenty of Organic and Earth-Friendly products to satisfy both you and the ye â€˜ol Madre of nature herself.Â We have natural rubber products, as well as PVC-free mats, all natural.Â If itâ€™s eco friendly yoga products you crave, we most certainly have them in our roster including meditations supplies as well, such as meditation benches and pillows.
It doesnâ€™t stop there, oh no!Â Our recycled rubber flooring and treadmill mat are all Mama Earth friendly as well.Â Whether youâ€™re re-flooring your garage or basement or lining the roof of an industrial building; you can sleep a little sounder at night knowing that your carbon foot-print is just that bit smaller.
So since the earth does not quake, the seas do not overflow-eth and the sun is not turning us all into marshmallows at the moment, letâ€™s give a little back and be a bit friendly to the old lady Gaia.Â To everyone, enjoy your time; enjoy each other and Happy Holidays!
December 4th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I decided recently to pay a little more attention to a product that if it had feelings would probably feel neglected. Our Jo-Sha wipes are these personal cleansing wipes that contain pure essential oils and naturally cleanse and disinfect your hands or fitness equipment. These essential oil wipes are very big with the Yoga community because itâ€™s 100% natural and has healing/soothing benefits of aromatherapy essential oils. But I think there are many other places for essential oil uses.
Now, because I have a soft spot for the underdog, Iâ€™m trying to figure out other ways these wipes might be beneficial. They really are great and I think if word got out, they might become as common as tissue in the house.Â The first place I thought of to use these was on kids toys. I watch my friends 3 year old son Â that is forever putting his sticky boy hands all over everything and Iâ€™m a little reluctant to use your normal Clorox disinfectant wipes because I know how conscious his mom is of harmful chemicals. Â Jo-Sha wipes would be perfect because I wouldnâ€™t have to worry about pissing off my friend and they smell good.
In an effort to figure out other uses I gave some samples to Ro.Co.Co Salon in Santa Monica, CA. and asked the owner to let her stylists use them however they wish.Â Â She said they were perfect for quickly wiping off their salon chairs and stations and the smells are so much better than the chemical smell you usually encounter. Â This salon already has an inviting atmosphere and Iâ€™m guessing the variety of calming scents will only add the experience.
The last place I tried these wipes was in my car. If you eat and drive like I do, you probably get a sticky steering wheel every so often- these wipes are actually perfect size for a quick clean up.Â I also used them to get that oh so acidic bird poop off my paint, the natural ingredients didnâ€™t hurt my paint job! The only downside to using these in my car is that it kind of un-shines everything.Â So, I donâ€™t recommend using these as your primary cleaning tool.
November 13th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Iâ€™ve been helping train the newest additions to our MatsMatsMats family, and theyâ€™re doing such an amazing job that I have a lot of down time.Â Iâ€™ve been killing time on our website just clicking away looking for anything that might important for my trainee.
I actually found yoga mats that I never knew we carried.Â Granted I donâ€™t personally sell a lot of yoga props because I deal with more custom products, but Iâ€™m surprised when I do sell them, that itâ€™s not more of our Terra Pure Yoga mats.Â Theyâ€™re a different material than your traditional yoga mat, made with something called TPE or â€œthermal plastic elastomerâ€ which is completely free of heavy metals, PVC and toxic material.Â I would think this would be a huge appeal to the yoga community.Â The Terra Pure Yoga Mats have two different textures on each side, which makes it super versatile, and it has closed cell foam which prevents absorption of moisture.Â Youâ€™ll get a good grip and comfort.Â The only downside to this mat is that it only comes in Ocean Blue.
I also noticed something else that is kind of cool, if you have a yoga class or even 100+ friends, our custom Deluxe Yoga Mats that come with and Embossed or Debossed logo are actually less expensive than purchasing just the Deluxe Yoga Mat.Â Yes, you have to by a quantity of 100 or more, but it breaks down to $14.95 per mat, including the logo and plate fee!!Â Just the mat by itself is $19.95. Â So you can actually get a great custom mat for less money than a normal one.
November 5th, 2012 by Stag
After a long week I am sure that we all could use some relaxation.Â Â So Iâ€™d say that itâ€™s time to break out the Yoga EquipmentÂ and Meditation Pillows.Â Â Sit down, or lay;Â your preference and simply let the previous days stress and tomfoolery slip away.Â
With all the wonderful Yoga Mats, Meditation Pillows and accessories we have at matsmatsmats.com, youâ€™ll have no problem finding what you need. Â You may have stress during the week, however finding the best Yoga Mat or Meditation Equipment wonâ€™t be one of them. Â At Matsmatsmats, itâ€™s easy, fast and simple.Â
MatsMatsMats.com offers a large selection of environmentally friendly products that are healthier,Â safer,Â and better for our planet.Â We continually strive to be more environmentally friendly and expand our Eco Friendly Products.Â
Â So get a Yoga Mat, or Meditation Pillowâ€¦or both!Â Meditate while doing Yoga (This takes skill, not for the faint of heart).Â So limber up and settle down.Â Let the Mats be your guide.Â Tune In, Turn On, and Mats Out!
October 8th, 2012 by Alex Miller
Thinking about Setting up a Ballet Studio?
Weâ€™ve got you covered from the Marley Flooring to the Ballet Barre to the glassless Mylar Mirrors. Â I have been selling the Marley Flooring for over three years now and have had nothing but positive feedback and repeat orders. Â It is used for everything from tap dancing to ballet. Â Our wide selection of Ballet Bars will allow you to teach people of all ages. We have wall mounted units that can be adjusted for kids to adult classes. Â In addition, we have portable bars that can be moved when not in use. Â The Mylar Mirror we sell come in a variety of sizes and can either be mounted on the wall or be mounted on moveable frames. Â They are also easily stored when not in use.Â Â
We can not only deck out your whole studio, we have some of the most competitive pricing in the market. Â We are also very capable when it comes to helping you figure out the best sizes and styles that would work best for your home or studio.Â You may even want to look at our extensive yoga mat
collection. Â Our sales staff is very knowledgeable about all the products,Â should you have any questions just give us a call toll free at 877-777-MATS.
September 18th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
It is totally inevitable that when you go vegetarian (2 months now), there will undoubtedly be questions from friends, co-workers, and acquaintances to the tune of “we’re mammals. we’re supposed to eat meat,” or “what the hell are you gonna eat now,” and my favorite one of all is the horrified look on someone’s face as they ask “BUT WHY?!?!”.
While I generally don’t want to ascribe to any kind of moral higher ground, it is a highly personal decision (I promise, this is going somewhere).
#1- A high animal protein diet, especially when lower quality meats are consumed,Â continues to show more and more links to cancer, obesity, and a plethora of other premature chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
#2 – I’m simply an animal lover. I’m not saying someone who enjoys a burger would eat their dog. For most, it’s a far removed thing as few of us EVER have to kill, skin, and cure our own meat.
#3 – Meat industry is horrendously bad for the environment, the planet, and the amount of suffering that chickens, cattle, or farm raised fish face is something that any child, if made aware of, would immediately give up hot dogs for. Both my nieces did.
Which brings me to my point.Â Most companies are far from perfect, but many more are trying to regulate their carbon foot print in whatever they can. That’s why I’m very happy that we at MatsMatsMats.com at the very least offer an eco-friendly section of products for those who try to be a little more conscious of environmental impact.Â From yoga mats
to playground surfaces
to door mats
, there’s actually a pretty generous selection of products that are made in America and are made from recycled or natural materials.Â Stop on over check it out!
Now that the preaching is over, I can admit that a big part of the reason for vegetarianism (and the raised environmental/social awareness thatÂ comes with it) Â is… le ‘wife’ won’t cook meat anymore.Â Sad faces all around.
September 4th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
As you have probably figured out about me, Iâ€™m a jack of all trades- master of none.Â Iâ€™m a very curious person, and enjoy sampling different parts of life.Â Working for MatsMatsMats.com, I get to talk to so many diverse people that every once and a while I feel like â€œhey.. youâ€™re interesting.Â We need to be friendsâ€.Â Usually because Iâ€™m talking to somebody that is passionate about something.Â
Lately Iâ€™ve been curious about meditation, but how do you learn to meditate by yourself?Â What meditation supplies to I need to get started? Iâ€™m guessing that these are pretty common question amongst people just starting or wanting to start.Â From what Iâ€™ve heard from a few customers, for the bestÂ meditation experience you simply need a meditation cushion (zafu or zabuton) to make yourself comfy and imagine yourself in a very tranquil place- for example, the beach, the mountains, or a forest.Â Iâ€™m so easily distracted I would actually need to go to the beach or mountains.Â If youâ€™re like me I heard other more â€œphysically-orientedâ€ techniques are more helpful.Â You can do things like following your breath, or you can focus on different body sensations.Â These sensations will tend to move, and following them is one form of meditation!Â The hardest part for me will be to clear my head, but I heard using a mantra is very helful.Â Something simple like â€œOmâ€ or a hum can work.Â This is supposed to stop all the random thoughts.Â I guess it just takes some practice.Â First I need to just get started.Â Make it a habit.Â
One of my customers told me I shouldnâ€™t ask so many questions, just do it.Â She said questions about best time of day or technique are really disguised ways to look for an EXCUSE not to meditate.Â She did say not to meditate right after I eat.Â â€œIf you meditate right after you eat, you’ll usually fall asleep.â€
August 21st, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
I was going to do a follow up regarding a blog I posted a couple of weeks back, Â but my customer has yet to put his prototype drum together and send me pics. Naturally, I was sweating what I was going to write about so I decided be literal and write about… sweat!
Be aware that I’ve NEVER done HOT YOGA, so I’m mainly referring to what I would call “normal yoga” although I’m sure the same applies.Â In any case… It’s well known that individuals’ body chemistry varies greatly.Â One of the common issues we run into as a result is that some of our yoga mats are stickier than others… depending on who uses them. My personal favorite mat is the Natural Fitness Elite Yoga Mat.Â It’s made of natural rubber so not only is it not filled with chemical softeners like most vinyl, but it just grips.Â Being a very, very sweaty individual (ALBEITN CLEAN AND HYGENIC I SWEARTOGOD DON’T JUDGE ME!) at my extremities made me assume that the best option for all sweaty guys and gals would be a natural rubber yoga mat.
WRONG! Something people don’t take into consideration is that everyone’s skin has natural oils that excrete at different levels based on sex, diet, and genetics.Â As a result, a person who sweats a lot and very easily yet doesn’t have very oily skin, can benefit from a mat such as the rubber ones.Â However, someone who sweats a lot and has oilier (is that a word) skin will most likely need to lay a Yoga Towel on any mat regardless to maintain their grip and comfort on the mat. Â Other alternatives for varying body chemistries would be something like Mexican Blankets (we called them “sarapes” when I was growing up).
Well, happy sweating!