Manduka’s newly opened store at #04-11, 313@Somerset sells superb yoga mats… and so much more. By Estelle Low
Hands up if you think Manduka only sells yoga mats. It’s perfectly legit, given how prevalent their mats are at yoga studios in Singapore.
If you’ve been to any decent gym or fitness studio for yoga- or pilates-type of classes, you might have seen Manduka mats laid out on the floor, bearing its distinct frog logo.
Manduka is known for its good-quality yoga mats, which come in many colours, patterns, thicknesses and densities. Photos: Key Power International
Why frog? To represent the grippiness of a frog’s legs, I suppose. Frogs have these amazing suction cups under their toes, to help them cling on to wet and smooth surfaces.
Now, I bet we all wished we had those suction cups too, especially when we’re sweaty and trying to stay put in a yoga pose like downward dog.
Honestly, Manduka mats are the only ones that make me feel steady like a frog. They keep my palms and feet right where they are, preventing them from sliding during poses.
I personally know many yogis who choose their studios based on the brand of mats used. “Mats not Manduka? Pfft,” scoffed one of my yoga-crazy friends who was sussing out classes with me.
So it’s good news that Manduka has opened its first concept store at 313@Somerset. It’s much easier to get your hands on their exercise mats now.
Oh wait, there’s so much more. Besides the dizzying array of mats that come in various colours, patterns, thicknesses and densities, Manduka has a wide selection of activewear, catered to yoga and studio workouts.
Manduka apparel are made from premium fabrics sourced from environmentally responsible materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester and plant fibres.
They are designed to be ultra-light, stretchy, cooling and moisture-wicking, so sweat marks will quickly disappear.
There are also yoga towels, for those who drip buckets of sweat. So pretty!
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