I have yoga mats in various colors including gray, blue, purple, and fuchsia to name a few. I often times consider the Five Element System of Feng Shui when selecting a mat to grab for my class. Have you ever thought about the Feng Shui of your mat?
When you have a regular practice you gain such a connection to what some think is nothing more than a mere “mat on the floor”. However, WE know the difference. This is our home base and our place to breathe. This mat give us support and guides us through different poses to let go of our worries just when we think we can’t take on any more.
How do you feel on your yoga mat? Do you feel it supports you? How does your energy feel on the mat? The next time you’re sitting quietly waiting for class to begin, take a few deep breaths and try to really connect with your mat. Feel it beneath you, feel the energy coming off of it. You should feel strong and energized, yet also a calm and clear.
I urge you to take time to connect with your mat even more, learn from it and perhaps even experiment with it. I almost feel like my different mats have different energies or “personalities”.
So what in the world does your yoga mat have to do with Feng Shui???
Incorporating the Five Element System of Feng Shui to your daily life is something that’s easy to do and can have a huge impact. The five element system of Feng Shui includes Water, Fire, Metal, Wood and Earth. As a Feng Shui consultant I’ve come to apply these principles to every aspect of my daily life including things you may not typically think of from my clothing selection for the day, to client file folders and presentations, my car interior and yes even my yoga mat.
Experimenting with different mats is something I’ve focused on this past year. Depending on the class, my mood, and my intention for the class, I’d select a mat just for that. I do have my favorites, such as my extra thick, sticky mat for hot classes, but, I have learned to connect with this mat and trust it will guide me where I need to go when I feel the sweat pouring down my face and feel I can’t hold the pose another second. You see, it’s a deep purple color. This color takes me to a most magical and mystical place where I feel I can accomplish any pose. My blue mat is what I call my “water mat” as it represents so much of the water element of Feng Shui. Not only is it pale blue, but it also has a wavy design in a deeper blue color. This mat is my favorite when playing around with poses or attending yoga events around town. This water element encourages me to feel free and go let my body guide me.
The next time you’re on the search for a new yoga mat, consider your goals and intention. Perhaps you’re looking for more stability. Maybe you want to let loose and feel free to experiment. Maybe you’re lacking in energy. By defining your goals you can then select the mat color, pattern or style that will deliver just what you need. Need some assistance with this? Reach out, I’d love to help you find your perfect mat.