What LEELA cares about
Together with Hand-loomers & Herbal Loom Dyers we are creating Traditional Organic Cotton Yoga Rugs.
These ancient crafts are slowly vanishing due to high involvement of machinery in the textile industry & lack of interest from younger generation.
LEELA tries to keep the craft alive, use harmless materials – for the people and environment and provide Yogis around the World the Cleanest Yoga Rug Ever!
FAQ about LEELA
Is LEELA yoga rug non-slippery?
Yes, it is! That's one of its greatest assets! The cotton material of the rug offers an increased grip as you sweat, providing a non-slip surface. However, if you live in a colder climate or don't sweat during your practice, you may find yourself slipping on the rug. In that case, we have a great tip for you! Try spraying or splashing a small amount of water on the area where you place your palms to increase the grip of the rug. It may take some time to get used to using a yoga rug, as it has slightly different features than a yoga mat. But once you do, you may never go back to using a yoga mat again. Please read our instructions on how to use a yoga rug for more information.
Will LEELA yoga rug slip on a wooden floor?
Our yoga rugs are made from pure cotton, and we don't use any anti-slip materials on the bottom to hold them in place. Cotton generally does not stick well to wood surfaces. If your yoga studio has a wooden floor, we suggest placing an older yoga mat underneath the rug or using a larger carpet at home to create a non-slip surface.
Is it safe to use the LEELA yoga rug outdoors? Can it be washed if it gets dirty?
We recommend washing the rug before the first use, just like you would with new clothes. For the initial washes, we suggest a hand and cold wash with only a bucket and your hands, as the rug may release some color. Later, you can use a short, cold washing program of up to 30°C for rugs from the eco/upcycled collection. Before the first wash, please review the washing instructions carefully, especially if you have a rug or towel from the 'organic herbal collection,' as natural herbal dyes require a bit more care. However, it is not a complicated process; you just need to understand how it works and be gentle when washing
Yoga is not only a work with a physical body, it's a spiritual practice. Most of the time you working on your Mind.
Practicing on a clean rug is part of Sauca – cleanliness.
My teacher once said:
''You have to love your practice, not being too attached, but take care of it and everything that is coming along with it.''
Cotton yoga Rug is easier to clean than the mat. Mat is almost impossible to wash. For me it is absolutely crucial to have a washable yoga mat, it is the same feeling like sleeping in a freshly washed bed :)
Rug is like a bed sheet – when you need it, you are them. You do not wash the entire bed (mat).
If you are sweating more, keep rotating 2 rugs so you can wash them often and prevent that sweat will set in.
You can think - microfiber ‘‘yoga‘‘ towel might do the same thing, right? But washing them often might be an issue for the planet.
Owning a cotton yoga mat is an eco friendly version for the towel because while washing it only natural, easy to biodegrade fibers are released into the water.
If you wanna know more about microfiber pollution click on the link above.
You can also read more about how materials are affecting us and our yoga practice here.
Will the LEELA yoga rug provide enough cushioning for my knees and joints?
The rug is hand-loomed from natural cotton and typically measures 4-5mm in thickness, although this may vary slightly. The natural softness of the cotton provides a cushioned and comfortable surface for your hands and knees. However, depending on the surface where you practice yoga, we recommend using a carpet or yoga mat underneath for extra protection.
Builds Solid Core Muscles & Prevent Injuries
If you want to build strength and create natural mobility in your body, start using a cotton mat.
Extra grippy mat is a prop and it is obstructing you from gaining the strength you will need further in your yoga practice.
Prasarita padottanasana is one good example.
Sticky mat vs. cotton rug
When your legs are spread on the sticky mat, sooner or later when you relax into the pose all the pressure will end up in your ankles.
By using a cotton mat, you have to hold your legs with the strength of your muscles.
It can be challenging at the beginning because it takes more time & effort to develop all the minor tissues but it's absolutely worthed.
Your body will be thankful later on.
Extra grip allows you to relax and be in pose passively whether the rug will make you work on your own strength.
Especially the standing poses are the ones which train your legs to become stronger.
If you do not build that strength at the beginning it might come back to you later in form of injury when you will need the strength in more advanced asanas.
Sadhana Pada, sutra nr. 46
´´Sthiram Sukham Asanam ´´Posture should be steady & comfortable.
Yes, you should get there by the practice. If is neither steady nor comfortable at the beginning. You have to build the strength by yourself. Not by buying a sticky mat which will hold you there.
Extra grip allows you to be in the asana passively without using your own strength.
Hand grip – the young generation is losing the strength of the grip because we are not working much outside, not carrying things… Technology made most of the things too easy for us, so we are becoming weak.
Unconsciously we are using extra grippy mats or towels and not working on our grip even on yoga classes.
Foot grip - Same what applies for hands and fingers also applies for feet and toes. Most of the days we keep out feet closed in uncomfortable tight shoes so they are losing their grip and natural movement. Luckily, we can be barefoot at yoga classes and train the grip of our feet.
All the standing poses in yoga sequences are training our feet 'grip & balance which comes as a result of it.
Cotton mat can help you to increase your grip strength, overall strength & connection to natural materials!
Pure Herbs & Organic Cotton, Nothing else
Crafted by rural men & woman in Indian villages.
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Fusion of two Leela goodies: Organic yoga rug & Ayurvedic towel.
Leela Rug gives you a soft & stable surface for the practice. Leela towel will absorb sweat and keep you warm in Shavasana.
''Very cool how these guys are supporting local Indian artisans and using sustainable materials for yoga mats!''