I don’t remember when I purchased my first, orange, breathe mat. All I know is I fell in love with it immediately. What’s not to love about a mat that doubles as a towel all in one? Perfect for a Bikram class. I had grown tired of cleaning my rubber mat/towel combo. I think it may have been laziness that spurred me to purchase a breathe mat. I was tired of cleaning the rubber mat AND the towel day in and day out. The breathe mat made it so easy. Just toss the whole thing in the washer, then toss it in the dryer, and DONE!
So, for cleaning purposes alone I love the breathe mat. However, a slight confession is needed at this point. My studio will, for a fee, clean your mat for you. So while I say that the breathe mat is awesome just because I think it’s more efficient to clean, keep in mind I no longer clean it. I deposit it in a hamper after class and pick it back up next time. Honestly, I go so much that I probably save us money on utilities by paying the studio to clean it.
Anyways, cleaning aside I still love my breathe mat and cannot fathom going back to a rubber mat/towel combo. My mat stays in place. A towel can bunch up. My mat is more comfortable than a rubber mat with a towel on top. I don’t know why it’s that way. It just is.
I purchased a second breathe mat (yellow) when I did a week of doubles. At that point I wasn’t enrolled in the mat cleaning service (I have no idea why not) and thought this was better than washing one mat twice a day. I was right about that. For some reason, I decided I liked my yellow mat better and that’s the one I use constantly. I’ve been using the heck out of it for about 14 months now, and it is still going strong. It’s also not stinky. My point being that these things hold up over time.
Do you have a breathe mat? Do you use something else? What are your thoughts about mats in class?