In ancient times, Yoga was practiced in India on kusha grass, on hard earth without any cover, or on a rug of deer or tiger skin as specified in the Bhagavadgita and the Upanishad. Due to the scarcity, cost, and, let’s face it, moral dilemma, no one is rolling up with a tiger skin to class anytime soon.

With yogas introduction in the West during the early 20th century, many practitioners used towels or cotton mats on wooden floors to practice asana. Feet tended to skid on these surfaces, requiring strength just to stand still in a pose like Trikonasana.

While teaching yoga in Germany a yogini, Angela Farmer used carpet underlay cut to towel size during yoga classes; she returned home to London with the material. Angela's father, Richard Farmer, contacted the German padding manufacturer and became the first retailer of what we now recognise as a ‘yoga mat’.

50 years later yoga mats come in every colour, weight, and variation you could imagine. According to market research company Technavio, the North American yoga mat biz is expected to climb $14.03 billion in 2020. That’s one hell of a lot of yoga mats and just a small indicator or the global market.

Moving forward in the mat timeline we now see that there is a big shift towards more sustainable products, less PVC and making environmental choices when choosing a mat. At Wonder, we lovingly supply beautiful eco-friendly customised Yogi Peace Club mats which we clean and disinfect daily for your well-being.

So there you have it; a brief overview of the history of the yoga mat. From grass to cloths and rugs through to big business. We don’t imagine your beloved mats disappearing anytime soon.

 

 

 

 

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