Fun Fact: Did you know that Jade is the inventor of the yoga mat? Actually before Jade Yoga was founded in 2000 and specifically created the Jade Harmony yoga mat, the company was called Jade Industries and they created rug mats.
The first yoga mat was born in the 1970s when yogi B.K.S. Iyengar was teaching in the US and one of his students was slipping on his oriental rug. Legend goes that when Iyengar asked the student to remove the rug and underneath sat a Jade rug, this is when yogis realized that Jade rugs can be used as yoga mats.
Now that my crash history lesson on yoga mats is done, let us move over to the review shall we?
Who Should Use The Jade Harmony Yoga Mat?
- Those looking for a natural rubber and eco-friendly yoga mat
- Those who want to support a brand with sustainable business practices (did you know Jade plants a tree for every yoga mat sold?)
- Heavy sweaters who need a sticky, grippy mat
- Looking for a portable mat that’s not too heavy to take in and out of the yoga studio
What Types of Yoga is the Jade Harmony Suited For?
- Hatha Yoga
- Vigorous types of yoga such a Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga
- Can be used for heated types of yoga such as Hot Yoga and Bikram Yoga but there are mixed views on its performance
- You can definitely use it for Restorative or Iyengar butt you might prefer something thicker like the previously reviewed Jade Fusion Yoga Mat
- Open-cell structure
- Made from natural rubber from the Far East
- 99% latex free
Length: 24” wide
Width: Available as a 68”, 71” and 74”
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Thickness: 4.7 mm (3/16″)
How Do I Clean and Dry My Jade Harmony Mat?
Open-cell yoga mats are porous which means that sweat and moisture is absorbed into the mat. So not only you don’t get to practice with pools of sweat all around you, this feature also enhances traction and stability. However this means that a regular cleaning routine is a must to ensure that your mat is free from bacteria and buildup which can affect your performance on them mat and make it smell (yeah nobody likes to practice on a stinky mat).
To Wash Your Jade Harmony Yoga Mat:
- For maintenance, use a yoga mat wash spray and wipe away with a lint-free microfiber cloth or a premoistened wipe (designed for yoga mats of course) after each use. You can also make your own yoga mat wash using vinegar as a base.
- Deep clean your mat every few weeks (depending how often you use it) to get rid of buildup. You can deep clean the mat by washing it in the bathtub with warm water and a neutral PH soap.
Alternatively you can machine wash it in a front loading washing machine with hot water with no detergent, or in cold water with ½ cup of vinegar and a teaspoon of laundry detergent.
To Dry Your Jade Harmony Yoga Mat:
- Simply hang it up indoors! It should be dry in 24 hours
- To dry it even faster, place a large towel on the floor and put your Jade Fusion yoga mat on top of it. Press the mat down onto the towel to transfer 90% of all the water out and hang to dry.
Warning: Avoid at all costs drying your Jade Harmony yoga mat in front of a window with the sun’s UV rays directly shining on it. This will certainly damage your mat and can also even warp it.
What Others Are Saying About the Jade Harmony?
At the time of this review, this yoga mat has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
These are the most common things repeated in the reviews I’ve read in my research for you
- The Jade Harmony Yoga mat has lots of cushioning yet is thinner than the Manduka PRO mat
- The mat feels stretchy and it moves with you during your practice, but in a good way
- Comfortable and pleasant to the touch
- Heavy sweaters will find this has excellent grip
- Hold up well from sweat and moisture
- Some say that there are signs of wear several months after heavy use
- Mixed views about its performance during Hot Yoga (after all this mat was not specifically for this purpose). Some say it’s great some say it’s not.
- Available in a variety of colours
- Great grip and stickiness
- Made with natural rubber
- No break-in period
- Made with no PVC, synthetic rubber, or other ozone-depleting substances
- Made in the USA
- Jade plants a tree for every yoga mat sold
- People with latex allergies will want to avoid this as it contains traces of latex proteins (even though the mat is 99% latex free)
- Frequent cleaning as the open cell structure of this yoga mat absorbs sweat and moisture. A quick cleaning can be done with a yoga mat wash spray but a thorough deep clean is recommend once in awhile to remove buildup
- Because of the stickiness and the natural rubber material it’s made of, the Jade Harmony yoga mat easily attracts dust, lint, dead bugs, and animal hairs
- The initial rubber smell (it fades away after about 2 weeks)
Summary Key Points
If you’re looking for a good quality eco-friendly mat to use for all types of yoga, the Jade Harmony Yoga mat is one to consider. Unlike the Manduka PRO series mats, there is no break in period for this mat so you can feel the mat’s performance right off the bat.
The natural rubber enables your hands and feet stay put during your practice so you won’t be sliding around all over the place when you’re doing vigorous types of yoga or if you’re just a heavy sweater.
While you can use it for Hot Yoga, there are mixed views about the mats performance and you’ll have to clean it every time because of the open-cell structure design which allows sweat and moisture to get into the mat. If you’re set on this mat for hot yoga but want to spare some time from cleaning, you can invest in a Yogitoes yoga mat towel (reviewed here) to put over your Jade Harmony mat during Hot Yoga.
If you like the features of this mat but you need something thicker with extra cushioning, I recommend you check out the Jade Fusion yoga mat (reviewed here).
People with latex allergies will want to avoid this as natural rubber does contain trace amount of latex proteins even though the mat is 99% latex free. An alternative would be the Manduka PROlite mat (reviewed here) which has the same weight and is also eco-friendly.
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