Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by Stag
I recently went camping / back-packing. Â Now this was a small trip in comparison to some of my more ambitious ventures in my recent past. Â Just a two day hike up into the San Gabriel Mountains here in Southern California. Â Now even though it is 90+ degrees where we live, believe it or not it is actually still snowing up in the San Gabrielâ€™s (yes, it does snow in Southern California).
So I stuffed your usually things into my trusty backpack. Â I packed in my sleeping bag, inflatable cushion for sleeping, my food and water filtration essentials. Â But this time I brought a specially little experiment along with me. Â Just to see how it would fare. Â Thatâ€™s right ladies and gents, I brought Mexican blankets up into the snowy mountains of the SoCal.
Now you would not think that this type of material would do so well up in the mountains, and frankly neither did I. Â However to my very amazement, I found it to be quite useful! Â Not really as a blanket, but as so many other things. Â I could not help but thinking of the Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy as I romped through forest with my now trustee Mexican blankets.Â It was the equivalent of the Towel in those books. Â I used it as a towel, as a napkin, I stuffed it into my sleeping bag cover and bunched it up to use it as a body pillow, when I got stressed I used it as a meditation cushion, and I even used it as a beany of sorts to keep me warm and wick away the sweat as we made our assent.
I have to say that the sheer versatility of this little blanket was marvelous and I will certainly be making them a permanent part of my mountain ensemble.
Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
THIS IS AWFUL… I know… all Iâ€™ve thought about the past month has been moving… and now that we moved (earlier than expected as a result of misunderstandings with our landlord), it seems the worst of it is over.Â Now the sun seems to be coming up figuratively and literally, itâ€™s warming up! Finally… all this 50 degree weather was beginning to be an icicle in my… well, you know… life. I guess, now, it’s okay to get off that zafu pillow and bust out my outdoor yoga mat.
The warm weather is encouraging my girlfriend, me, and well, it seems everyone, to get up and go outside. Put away those video games, young padawans, it is time to venture into the outside world! Sun, trees, grass, and beautiful bodies (of water) await your curious eyes!
If youâ€™re like me, I bet you can â€œbearlyâ€ stand eating alone.Â So â€œbearâ€ down, find your Mexican blankets, pack a picnic, bring a friend, bring the whole family, and even the dog because in Southern California sunny weather means sunny disposition. That is unless, of course, you are allergic to grass. Or pollen… or the sun… or people.
Hmmm… didnâ€™t think that one through now did we. Not a problem though! Â Iâ€™m sure we can improvise some use from our gigantic warehouse full of mats and goodies to work for us. A towel is not only tacky and soooooo 90â€™s to lie down on grass at the park, itâ€™s also not entirely comfortable. Try a multi purpose mat like our tote-n-mat instead. What if you’re sun bathing? Well you can certainly use a folding exercise mat. Comfortable enough for the home or the park, these UV treated vinyl mats will suffice for outdoor use for you and your loved ones to lay around and bask in glorious, nurturing sunlight!
Posted on: 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!