Hold That Pose
Sometimes, the standard pink- and purple-hued sticky mats on lend at your local yoga studio just don’t make the cut. Luxe mats by Plank one-up their cookie cutter counterparts in terms of design, giving a fresh look to the indispensable yogi accessory. Also, investing in your own mat means not having to preoccupy yourself with icky hygiene concerns, a sweet bonus.
The Signature Photo Mat Series is a collection of commissioned images that have been transferred onto sustainable, natural rubber. You won’t find the “om” symbol or lotus flowers adorning the grippy surfaces, but photos of grassy fields, shag carpeting, and fittingly, an actual plank. While your arms and core feel the burn as you hold Ardha Chaturanga Dandasana (that’s—you guessed it—”plank pose”), at least you’ll have a virtual piece of art to stare at as you do so. Fellow sun saluters are sure to be just as enraptured by your avant garde Vinyasa flow companion, so you might find yourself deep in conversation about the images’ symbolic meaning after a sweaty session. Art and asanas: for these mats, it’s a natural marriage in more ways than one.