In my previous life as a horse trainer and avid runner, my body had been pretty beat up. About 5 years ago, at 42, I decided to take up yoga. I immediately fell in love with the physical aspect of it and later, the spiritual. But, right from the beginning, I had to modify postures, use a towel under my knees or fold the mat for extra cushion on my sit bones, knees and elbows. This became very tiresome, so I cut up an old mat to provide extra cushion, creating a yoga knee pad. It wasn’t quite enough, so, I found a mat material that was originally 10mm thick, (with the help of my talented husband) cut it to the length and width I thought would be the most versatile, used it one time and discovered it was just what I was hoping for…the right combination of support and comfort!
Since I work at a yoga studio, I began asking people to use my new yoga knee pad during their practice and tell me what they thought. The response was immediately positive! Using feedback from our customers and yoga teachers, I continued to improve the design and increased the thickness to 15mm (over half an inch) using the highest quality and highest density NBR foam. The SukhaMat (Sanskrit meaning; happiness, pleasure, ease, or bliss) Yoga Knee Pad was born.
Barbara Merrill, 200RYT
SukhaMat - Practice in Comfort