Best Place on Planet Earth - Your Yoga Mat!
We all have some place where we find ourselves most comfortable. To some it might be
their own room, to some others it might be their farmhouse or bungalow.
Whatever it may be people love that place because they can unwind themselves
there. Not only for the sake of relaxing, they also hide themselves there during
tough times. For a yogi, such a place is his own Yoga Mat!
Yoga mat forms a very tender bond with a yogi. Especially so if he is
practicing yoga as a means of spiritual unfoldment. A yoga mat witnesses the
innermost feelings of a yogi. Path of yoga is tough. Every yogi goes through a
phase when his sadhana suffers due to wordly responsibilities or his own inertia
and lethargy. There are times when a yogi is undergoing spiritual awakening. He
is reaching new highs of spiritual progress. At physical level, too, a yogi is
undergoing transformation. His body becomes flexible leaving behind the signs of
rigidity and strain. During Kundalini awakening he may experience "explosive"
symptoms such as tremors in the body, violent shaking of the body, rolling on
the floor and more. At times he may weep, cry due to recollection of subtle impressions (Samskras)
and memories and at times he may feel blissful and completely at peace. A yoga mat
is a silent witness of all these transformations happening in the life of a
If you practice Pranayama and Mantra as a part of spiritual practice, you
will find that after lakhs and lakhs of recitations of the Mantra your yoga mat
gets "charged" with divine vibrations. When your mind is disturbed due to
worldly events you can sit on your yoga mat and experience that it is having a
soothing effect on your psyche. That's because of the invisible bond that you
have formed with your yoga mat.
When you sit on your yoga mat you tend to forget your materialistic
tendencies. The mat is wrapping you in a warm covering of some divine pulsation.
That's why all ancient yoga texts and lineages recommend that a yoga mat (called
Asana in Sanskrit) must be used only by the practitioner. You should never share
your yoga mat with anybody else, not even with your spouse. It may just drain
the positive vibrations. Not only that, you should also avoid using it for general
purposes other than sadhana. The same effect can be felt if you are a
practitioner of Pranayama. Due to thousands and thousands of pranic surges the
mat gets "charged" with Pranic energy. And you should never share such a mat with
You should clean and wash your yoga mat yourself and not allow it to be
handled by others. Some of you, especially beginners, may not experience such a
connection with your yoga mat. That's possibly because your mat is not yet
sufficiently "charged" with the Prana or Mantra. Of course, I must mention here
that don't get attached with your mat too much. I explained this so that
beginners can understand why most of the books and traditions ask them not to
share their yoga mat with others.
No matter what, for a yogi his sadhana mat is the
best place on planet Earth!