The scent of rubber assaults my nostrils and fights with my will to relax using my special yoga breathing. I never considered this when buying my environmentally friendly natural rubber yoga mat. It stinks, but I think of it as a challenge to focus on my wave-like breath when I have to inhale this smell deep into my lungs yet at the same time remain focused on nothing at all.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my special stinky, orange, extra thick yoga mat and it has never done me wrong. I even find myself defending it and it’s ever present odour if others venture too close.
When the time comes to replace it I’ll be sad, and will make sure to get the same stinky mat again. Yoga just wouldn’t be the same without it.