Dusky Leaf’s Natural Rubber Mat: Foundation of a Solid Practice

Dusky Leaf Yoga

Dusky Leaf YogaAs a yoga practitioner and newbie yoga teacher, I’m feeling strong and confident with my new Dusky Leaf Natural Rubber Yoga Mat (you can also find the mat in the Canadian store), which provides one of the highest-traction surfaces available. Since graduating from my Yoga Teacher Training, I’ve started teaching yoga this fall and have been teaching for two months now. Using Dusky Leaf’s Natural Rubber Mat gives me a superior degree of slip resistance provided by the open-cell structure of the natural tree rubber, which is essential when teaching and demonstrating postures. Using a yoga mat that is made from natural rubber gives me a level of cushioning and resilience that is not often seen in a synthetic material, which is crucial when practicing up to 6 days a week. When teaching and practicing on my Dusky Leaf rubber mat I don’t have to worry about what my mat is doing or whether or not my hands and feet are slipping, but rather I can focus on the articulation of the yoga posture–my yoga practice itself. With my hands and feet rooted, I can move with ease from posture to posture. The natural rubber mat’s cushioning, resilience, and traction has become the foundation of my solid practice–strong and supported.

Dusky Leaf Yoga

Dusky Leaf YogaDusky Leaf’s rubber mat helps me to stand on solid ground, stay rooted & grounded, and be supported during the most challenging yoga postures. Dusky Leaf’s natural rubber mat is symbolic of the support we need in our day to day lives–it’s always there for us, it’s natural, supportive, solid, durable, and long lasting. I love how I can fall onto my mat at anytime for a much needed connected mind, body, and spirit practice. I’ve read the saying: your mat is like Vegas, what happens there, stays there.”  With a supported solid practice, I forget about my problems and the mat carries my worries away. Dusky Leaf’s Natural Yoga Mat is exactly what I need in my life and in my yoga practice.

What is natural rubber anyway?

Dusky Leaf YogaNatural rubber is harvested from a tree similarly to the way maple syrup is gently extracted. When a rubber tree reaches maturity, the tree naturally secrets a milky-white sap, which is the fluid used to make a natural rubber yoga mat. The rubber tree is unharmed in the harvesting process and has a life span of about 25 to 30 years. The rubber tree continues to produce sap during its life, which can be used for many useful products for us to enjoy. For an earth-conscious yogi like me, Dusky Leaf’s rubber mat is made from non-Amazonian rubber tress!

FYI- The product contains naturally-occuring latex from rubber trees, which is not suitable for individuals with latex/rubber allergies. Do not expose natural rubber yoga mats to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

“From whence it came”…

Due to the fact that Dusky Leaf’s natural rubber mat is made from natural tree rubber–Dusky Leaf Yogamade from the earth itself, it is biodegradable and can go back “from whence it came.” After the rubber mat has been enjoyed for endless hours it can be laid to rest with an easy conscious. The mat is biodegradable, recyclable and non-toxic to help protect the Earth.

Benefits:

  • Superior traction and cushioning for an excellent practice
  • Mat stays in place
  • Durable
  • Long lasting
  • Can be used for countless hours

Dimensions:

  • 24″ wide
  • 68″ long
  • 4 mm thick.
  • Weight: 2.1 kg.

Dusky Leaf YogaEco-Friendly- Dusky Leaf is committed to creating sustainable earth-friendly products, while reducing their carbon footprint. As an ethical company, Dusky Leaf uses materials that are biodegradable, natural (like pure natural cotton for example), hygienic, breathable, and from renewable resources. Instead of using synthetic materials, Dusky Leaf chooses to use environmentally conscious fabrics and materials (i.e. the cotton canvas used for their B.I.G Yoga Bag) that consumers can be proud of.

Designed to Delight & Inspire – Every Dusky Leaf product is designed to delight and to inspire you in your yoga practice.” Dusky Leaf has a rock solid satisfaction guarantee return policy. If you’re not completely happy with your individual purchase you can return the item(s) within 90 days to get all of your money back.

Dusky Leaf YogaAs a yoga teacher, I’m always on the hunt for practical quality yoga products to support me in the studio. I recently purchased Dusky Leaf’s 100% natural cork yoga blocks made from a renewable resource and have fallen in love with the durable props. The blocks have a textured easy grip, rounded edges for comfort, and durability for stability in the toughest postures. There hasn’t been a Dusky Leaf product I’ve tried that I didn’t immediately fall in love with. Next up on my list to try is their round yoga bolster–to help support me in teaching restorative yoga and savasana assists. If you’ve tried any of their products, I’d love to hear your feedback below in the comment section.

Did you know that Canadian yoga practitioners can place wholesale orders for yoga accessories through Dusky Leaf? The spa where I teach yoga sells Dusky Leaf products in their holistic boutique because Dusky Leaf provides the most competitive pricing for wholesale purchases and ships quickly. This is just another reason to fall head over heels on your natural rubber yoga mat for Dusky Leaf. Get on your mat!

Other Dusky Leaf products to try:

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10 thoughts on “Dusky Leaf’s Natural Rubber Mat: Foundation of a Solid Practice

    • I haven’t had any problems with either of my natural rubber mats as of yet. Like anything natural, it will start to wear over time. It also depends on how much you practice and style of yoga performed. Natural rubber has a shorter life expectancy than a synthetic made mat, but that’s to be expected. I’ll keep you posted as time goes on. I practice vinyasa yoga anywhere from 3-6 days a week and I haven’t had a problem yet! ☺️👍🙏

    • We’ve been manufacturing & distributing yoga mats for years made from a variety of materials, and in this time we’ve learned quite a lot about the characteristics of these materials. Based on this experience, I would say that natural rubber is an extremely durable material — one of the best, in fact, as far as longevity. That being said, every material has its pros & cons, and one disadvantage is that natural rubber does not like exposure to natural sunlight. Prolonged exposure will definitely shorten the life of a natural rubber yoga mat, so that’s one thing to be careful about. Otherwise you should expect a natural rubber yoga mat to last for many years — just how long depends on how much you use it and how you care for it. — Jon @ Dusky Leaf Yoga

    • Currently, I believe Dusky Leaf ships to the US and Canada; however, that doesn’t mean they won’t consider shipping to the Philippines. I’d suggest contacting them directly through their website, and Jon who runs the company will be happy to answer any questions you have. Jon is amazing so I am sure he would be happy to help you in figuring out a shipping arrangement.

      Here is the ‘Contact Us’ page:

      http://duskyleaf.ca/contacts/

      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

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