Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat

Manufacturer:
Jade Yoga
Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat

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Rating:
4.5
On June 1, 2014
Last modified:May 27, 2014

Summary:

The Jade Harmony is lightweight, weighing in at less than five pounds, and the price point is lighter than a lot of other brands as well.

For that hour, hour and fifteen minutes, or hour and a half during a yoga practice, the yoga mat is a sanctuary, a place to pose and meditate toward enlightenment. But where does the yoga mat come from? What is its history? Yogis and yoginis step onto them without ever knowing why; taking that little 24-inch by 68-inch slice of real estate that brings so much joy and serenity and openness.

Originally, yoga wasn’t practiced on anything but the pure earth. Not until yoga became popular among the more affluent people in the Western world in the 1960s and 70s did yogis find they needed something more stable after slipping while practicing on carpet. One day, during a demonstration, B.K.S. Iyengar asked that the oriental rug he was practicing on be removed because he couldn’t stop slipping. Beneath the rug was a rubber rug pad and thus the rubber yoga mat was born.

Jade Yoga, manufacturer of the Jade Harmony Professional Mat has ties to this evolution from rubber rug pad to yoga mat, as well. Before there was Jade Yoga there was Jade Industries, a company located in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania that manufactured rubber rug pads in the 1970s. Now, as a leading manufacturer of yoga mats, Jade Yoga is also one of the most environmentally compassionate yoga manufacturers on the planet.

Here’s the low down on the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat, courtesy of Amazon.com:

  • Slip-resistant even with perspiration
  • 3/16-inch yoga mat made with open-cell, natural rubber
  • Produces exceptional resilience and incomparable cushioning
  • Made with no PVC or ozone-depleting substances
  • Washes easily with soap and water; comes in 68- and 74-inch lengths

Environmentally friendly

Jade Mats are made in the United States and use environmentally friendly practices in the manufacturing of all their yoga mats. No PVC is used – only all natural rubber tapped from the rubber tree. And to prove their enviro-friendliness, for every mat purchased, Jade plants a tree. They partnered with Trees for the Future, a not for profit that plants trees in developing countries and rural areas around the globe. Their mission is to preserve Earth’s natural resources rather than demolish them, and they do so by the planting of trees but also through teaching better land management practices.

The Jade Harmony comes in a wide variety of colors and also comes in extra-long and extra-wide sizes. This mat conversely provides cushion without slippage. The secret to the no slipping lies in the natural rubber that all Jade mats are made with, and the open-cell natural rubber construction is what gives Jade mats their great traction. The mat’s no-stick surface makes it great for jump-throughs, arm balances and jumping into arm balances. Perhaps the hardest pose for some to stay in, especially on a mat that slips, is Downward Facing Dog. Not so with the Jade Harmony Pro. Yogis can stay in Downdog and all its variations all the livelong day. The Jade Harmony even sustains its stick during an intense hot vinyasa practice.

The Jade Harmony is lightweight, weighing in at less than five pounds, and the price point, too, is lighter than a lot of other brands, hovering around the $60-70 range, depending on the retailer.

Due to the open-cell rubber of the Jade Harmony, this mat can act like a sponge and really soak up water. Plain old water should do the trick when washing the Jade Harmony, but when it needs a deeper clean, washing with soap and water is okay, but be sure to soak it in a tub or rinse it off with a hose. Don’t put the Jade Harmony in the washing machine unless it’s a front loading one with no agitator. To dry, hang or lay the mat flat out in the sun, but don’t leave it out in the sun too long, or in the backseat of the car for that matter. Too much sun will dry the Jade Harmony out and render it a slip and slide.

Another caveat is, since Jade mats are biodegradable (not a bad thing), the Jade Harmony will biodegrade. Depending on how frequently the mat gets used depends on how quickly the mat will break down. The only thing that will happen over time is depressions will begin to form in the mat from repeated placement of hands and feet, and in some cases, little bits of rubber will begin to flake off. It could take a year of practicing on it twice a day every day for this to happen or it could very well not happen at all. The biodegrading factor is extremely user specific.

Some Jade Harmony users complained of a strong rubber smell when they first unrolled their mat. Others weren’t bothered by it or didn’t notice it at all. Those who did find the Jade Harmony to have a tire factory-esque odor to it applied mat cleaner, which they said helped, or said the smell dissipated with continued use. Those who used it daily said the smell lasted a few days to two weeks, and almost every person who mentioned the odor problem said it didn’t matter – the Jade Harmony Professional Mat is well worth the smelly inconvenience.

Final Thoughts

All in all, Jade Harmony Pro users are above and beyond satisfied with this mat, and it’s not just the high quality of the product that has users staying loyal to the brand. Between their plant a tree campaign, the biodegradable factor to their product and their keeping jobs in the United States, Jade maintains an exclusive set of yogis and yoginis who claim that 24-inch by 68-inch slice of Jade Harmony Pro real estate as their own.

Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat

Review Summary:

The Jade Harmony is lightweight, weighing in at less than five pounds, and the price point is lighter than a lot of other brands as well.

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