After years of apprehension and just plain fear, I finally went to my first hot yoga class two months ago. I walked into Y7 Studio with a million questions. Would I pass out? How sweaty would I get? Does it skew more toward bearable or awful? The list goes on. Spoiler alert: Hot yoga is incredible. Since getting hooked on it, I’ve been on the hunt for a non-slip yoga mat and yoga towel because well, I’m a yogi now.
Here’s the deal: There are so many yoga mats on the market. LIKE, SO MANY. Plus — yogis, prepare to cringe — aren’t yoga towels and hand towels basically the same thing? So, why should I pay extra just for something to slap the word “yoga” in front of it? Leave it to OMie Yoga to give me the answers.
The OMie Yoga Mat and Towel Set is where “two become one” — literally. You can zip the yoga towel onto the mat from both ends to reduce any slipping or sliding, which allows you to stay focused on what you actually came to class for. And let me tell you, it’s a game-changer. After an entire class went by without having to adjust my towel (truly a first for me in my very long hot yoga practice), I wondered why every other yoga mat brand isn’t doing the same.
More specifically, the natural rubber mat has a non-slip design (I can vouch for that!) and a closed-cell surface, which prevents sweat from seeping into the mat and becoming a bacterial breeding ground. But still, the mat is extremely lightweight, which is a bonus if you live in a city and are constantly schlepping your mat from work to class to everywhere else.
The one drawback? It’s not the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. I know, I know, it’s not the most important thing but because I know I’m not alone in this, I feel it’s important to admit that it’s definitely not made for the ‘gram. However, what it lacks in fashion, it makes up for in function. Speaking of function, the microfiber towel is exactly what you’d want it to be: soft, absorbent and machine-washable.
Totaling $149 for the set, OMie proves that sometimes you need to pay big bucks to reduce mid-class stress. But yikes, this price is steep for novice yogis. So, maybe you should wait until you master the crow pose? And then maybe—just maybe—your moves will make this mat Instagram-worthy.