Sticking to your daily yoga practice can be hard when you’re travelling. But luckily, many yoga brands and yoga mat providers are coming up with great options and props for the nomadic yogis among us.
We unusually go camping once or twice a month during the Australian summer. Last weekend, we went on a little road trip down south to Depot Beach in Murramang National Park. It is a beautiful spot, lots of wildlife and amazing beaches. It is peaceful too. And it was a great spot for me to try my new travel yoga mat!
The Mat: Mukti Float
I chose the Mukti Float Mat because it looked simple but beautiful and it sounded like the perfect fit for when I am on the road, camping or travelling. My mat arrived quickly and when I opened it up, I was pleased by the colour and material (no rubber smell like some yoga mats have for the first few days or weeks). Mukti Mats are eco yoga mats, no PVC and plasticisers are being used. I first was a little sceptical about the thickness of the mat. Mukti Float is a very thin (lightweight) yoga mat, but when I actually used it on the sand and grass, it was comfortable enough and no sticks or rocks were sticking through and only minimal movement happened on all tested surfaces. You can easily fold the mat if you need to pack it into a backpack, bag, or suitcase, or roll it tight and use the handy strap-carrier that comes for free with any new mat order and makes it super easy to carry your mat around.
What I was looking for in a travel yoga mat:
- Lightweight and packable
- Durable and sticky enough
- Not too expensive
The Mukti Float Yoga Mat ticks all the boxes:
- Weight: 1.3 kg Thickness: 1.5mm
- Length: 183cm (72”)
- Width: 61cm (24”)
- $79.95 AUD
- Free shipping is a bonus!
Practising with my new Mukti Float Yoga Mat
Mukti float is a thin mat that still offers enough steadiness during asanas that require more stability and balance, such as tree pose, headstand, and jumping back to chaturangas. At the same time, it does not compromise the ability to feel stable and connected to the ground. The material is ideal for sweaty palms; it stops you from slipping so you can hold your poses.
Why you are going to love Mukti as a brand
Mukti is an Australian company working with Australian suppliers wherever possible and ensuring vendors they work with meet high standards of ethical work place practices. Mukti Mats produce yoga mats from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber, jute and cotton while being actively engaged in climate protection, committed to restore the environment they plant one tree with every product sold online.
Mukti Yoga Mats are the perfect brand for eco-conscious yogis who care about our planet. Mukti is a Sanskrit word that stands for “Inner Liberation”, and Mukti believes that “through the path of Yoga, every student has the opportunity to liberate themselves from defining limitations so that they can be truly happy, content and free.”
Read more about Mukti Mats and their beliefs here.
Keep Up Your Yoga Practice While Traveling
I am giving the Mukti Float Travel Mat two thumbs up as far as texture, grip, and comfort go. The slip-resistant traction kept fidgeting to a minimum. The stickiness of the surface is just about right to enable quick and gliding transitions through vinyasas. It is the perfect mat for your “yoga on the go” and I am not going travelling or camping without it ever again!
While it might be hard to stick to a daily routine while travelling (for pleasure or work), here are my tips to help you stay grounded while wandering:
- Get the right travel mat
- Try to stick to your usual routine (ie. yoga in the morning before having breakfast)
- Yin Poses or Meditation will help you settle to sleep easier and can help with insomnia, jet lag or stress
- Take it outside! For me, rolling out my mat outdoors is the best, when I feel and hear all sensations of the nature and environment.
- Any practice is better than no practice. Stop the “all-or-nothing” thinking – a few sun salutations before dinner are still better than skipping your practice completely.
- Improvise Props. Even if you forgot to take your mat, use a towel or sarong. Tupperware or rolled up towels are great block replacements, just get creative!