When I saw CB2's Dangerous Liaisons Rug ($229) — a reproduction of the Canberra Repertory Society's 2009 theater poster for Les Liaisons Dangereuses — I thought the fat-cat floor covering could be a funny and interesting conversation-starter. However, when I showed it to a co-worker (and cat lover), she deemed it "frightening." What's your verdict? Would you sport it in your home?
When a standout piece of artwork comes through the door, don't just stick it on the refrigerator — turn it into decor. Carpetzz takes masterpieces and converts them into rugs in whatever shape and size mom requests. Handmade from New Zealand wool that is guaranteed free of child labor, the carpets are dyed to match the colors in the artwork and tufted by hand in Germany to follow the original design. Pile heights can also vary to show depth and distance. The entire process takes about 10 weeks and costs approximately $185 per square meter. Do you preserve your child's artwork?
Saying that Ashtanga, Bikram, and Vinyasa yoga classes are sweaty is a bit of an understatement. The room is heated (in Bikram can be over 100°F), and you're moving vigorously, so your body sweats profusely to cool you down. In the first 15 minutes, my entire outfit is soaking wet and little beads of sweat start dripping from my chin. The worst part is that my palms get really sweaty too.
That's great for your body, but not for your practice. There's nothing I hate more than trying to do Down Dog, while my hands and feet are slowly slipping away from each other. You can spend all your time trying not to end up lying flat on your belly, that you can't concentrate on following your breath. I have a solution.
You should try a cotton rug. You can continue using your regular sticky mat, you just lay the rug right over it. It makes a wonderful cushioned surface, which is awesome for poses where your bones are pressing into your mat. Rugs are 100% cotton, which means they are washable and biodegradable. Plus they come in tons of colors. Here are my favorites from Barefoot Yoga Company.
Fit's Tips: After a sweaty practice, be sure to let your rug completely dry out. Hang it over a door, because if it remains wet, it can start to grow mold which is really disgusting. Pop your rug in the washing machine at least every 3 practices, if not more.