Posts Tagged ‘bolster’

A Mexican Blanket And Its Many Uses!

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by

Mexican Blankets Are Very Useful!I love camping! There, I’ve said it. I love the outdoors, I love getting off the grid if only for a little while. Just you or perhaps some friends and the great outdoors. Now whether you choose the forest or the desert you know that temperatures can raise and drop pretty quickly. You know that the ground is certainly a cruel mistress, and you may have figured out that you need to think on your feet at times.

A good, yet seemingly random item to have that certainly comes in handy for a quick warm up would be a Mexican blanket. Nice and warm, easy to pack and pretty light weight. It comes in handy in a pinch on a long hike or just randomly around the fire when you need it. It is also perfect to use in combination with your yoga mat in the morning in place of a Bolster.

Everyone is different when it comes to sleeping arrangements. Some need less support, others need more. You would be surprised that you can easily use gymnastics mats for a very comfortable camping bed. They are easy to clean, plenty of support and relatively easy to pack for your so-called car camping adventures. However if you require something lighter for those longer walkabouts you may or may not be taking, I would recommend the trusted Anti-Fatigue mats. They are light weight and can be rolled to a small size and easily attached to a backpack.

All in all, you would be very surprised about what things may be used for “alternative” reasons, and in ways that the original manufacturers never really intended. So venture out dear reader, see the world…and bring a blanket.


A Yoga Mat May Be Just What The Doctor Ordered!

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by

A Yoga Mat May Be Your Ticket To A Healthier Life!MAYO CLINIC APPROVES OF YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF

Stress. It’s everywhere. A ringing phone at the wrong moment can send me flying through the air, shrieking like a goosed intern . . . not that I’ve ever goosed an intern. . . . Or a waitress . . . or a nun . . . moving on.

Even the “DING” of an arriving email can send my anxiety levels to “Houston, we have a problem” levels. So what can we do in this day and age to help alleviate some of that pent up stress? One possible avenue of relief has recently been suggested by the Mayo Clinic.

“Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. And almost anyone can do it.”

Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Sometimes a yoga mat is all that is needed for a beginner or advanced student. Other times a prop like a stretching strap or a Bolster may be part of your experience.  Jo-Sha mat wipes are also available to be sure whatever you’re using is clean and smells good.

Hatha yoga, my discipline of choice, is good for stress management because of its Tai Chi style of slower, gentler movement. Hatha is also one of the most common styles of yoga, classes are easy to find and literature abounds. Besides, did you know there are eleventy -gajillion postures that have “prone, seated, relaxed, or rest in their names? But I digress. Most people can benefit from any style of yoga — it’s all about your personal preferences. Mine just happen to consist of sitting, relaxing, resting and proning.

The core components of hatha yoga are:
Poses. Yoga poses, also called postures, are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may have you stretching your physical limits.

Breathing. Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga. In yoga, breath signifies your vital energy. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quiet your mind.

The potential health benefits of yoga include:
Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.

Improved fitness. Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.

Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.

Once you decide on your style of yoga, head on over to the MatsMatsMats.com website and have a gander at all the different items that you can buy to get the most out of your burgeoning quest for yogism. Yoga Mats, Bolsters, meditation cushions, pillows, blankets, towels, blocks, benches, wedges, straps, cleaning wipes, disinfectants, and so much more.


Yoga Equipment For The Complete Yoga Experience!

Posted on: July 16th, 2013 by

Yoga Equipment Makes Yoga More Fun!For those of you who are considering setting up your own Yoga Studio, you may want to include in your list of necessary pieces of yoga equipment, the humble micro fiber towels. Besides the usual suspects of a yoga mat, bolster, pillow, wedge and a stretching strap, I would venture to say that the yoga towel is one of the most frequently overlooked prop.

I know that when I exercise, I perspire a great deal. When said perspiration drips into my eyes, blinding me or making it impossible to see through my now drippy glasses, I have a tendency to shout, “AUGH! I’M DONE” as I walk away. In the past this has worked on my wife and she reluctantly allows me to wander off to get the sweat out of my eyes and/or clean my spectacles.

However, came the day when I started the usual whining, “I’M BLIND! I’M BLIND!”, when I was smacked in the face with a soft, waffle weave, yoga towel.

“Holy Crap on a cracker man, you whine more than a three year old multiplied by Morrisey!” my wife observed.

Discounting the fact that I had to Google who the heck Morrisey was, I was fairly certain that I had been insulted.

“How do you expect me to yoga-ize when I can’t see and my eyes are all stingy?”

“Use the towel, crybaby”. (My wife considers calling me a crybaby the end of any discussion.)

I found out that these towels are available at MatsMatsMats.com in a face towel of full yoga mat size. It’s washable, absorbs tons of sweat and provides superior traction when your hands get sweaty.

So, if you are making a check list of supplies tools and props for your clientele or if you want a towel that is made specifically for use on a yoga mat, consider a hot yoga towel an essential yoga tool rather than an optional luxury.