I started tracing cutouts of my hands, feet and pose images.
Then, hand-drew the design on an oversized paper.
Next, I drew the design with paint markers and tested the mat.
This was until I thought of a better layout, and repeated the process for years.
Finally, I knew in my heart it was ready.
My desire to share yoga with the world drove me to learn how to run a business, and continues to drive me today.
This, along with all the kind people who have helped me.
I would like people to think of the mat as a book.
I would never expect for your yoga to look exactly like the yoga model in the book.
I made the yoga mat for people to start a ”Yoga Practice”, not ”Yoga Perfected”.
My husband is one of my most challenging and important students.
With the mat, he was able to understand the poses without needing my instructions.
It allowed him to improve at his own pace without me verbally correcting and critiquing him.
My husband and I started doing the poses on the mat every day, holding each pose for 30 seconds, for a total of 9 minutes.
To entice him, we would watch sports or listen to music.
I know, not very zenful, but better than no yoga!
Yoga can be done on your own terms.
After a few months, he chose to stop watching sports, and just listened to music during our practice.
We do our best to remain silent during our practice.
Six years later, we are still practicing yoga together, and my husband has lost over 30 Lbs.
I hope people can find 9 minutes in their day to stretch and strengthen their bodies.
I chose 9 common standing poses.
Some take a lot of strength and balance, but you can modify every pose.
Feel free to do our practice, make your own practice, or take the mat to class.
Listen to your body first, and never do anything that causes you pain.
I believe people can practice yoga regardless of their beliefs.
For me, yoga is simply about love.
Loving yourself, others, and the earth.
Your top foot never changes angles, which is why it's simple to adjust for your height/flexibility by stepping above or below the top foot placement.
Your hands and feet do NOT need to go exactly on top of the placements.
The mat is a guide with pictures, plus hand and foot placements, so you know which poses have narrower or wider stances, the different angles for your feet and if you use your right or left hand.