Ladies and gentlemen, meet Kermit, my new Manduka mat.
While Jane named her sand mat “Sandy” and Crissy her aqua mat “Aqua” (which, together with mine, made up the triplet Mandula eko mats I bought from the US), I named mine Kermit after the famous Sesame Street character Kermit the Frog. Manduka, I learned, is the Sanskrit term for “frog.” Since my mat is green, I also think the name suits it well. PLUS, varrahyoga and manduka put together, I am reminiscing the Kermit-Miss Piggy love team!
The website doesn’t say so much about the product design, only that the professional yogis put their efforts together to come up with a mat that will last a lifetime. My guess is that the mat is designed to resemble human skin (sole in particular). When I was still actively trekking and hiking, I remember our team leader once instructed us to take off our mojos and hiking shoes/sandals and go barefoot, as the human sole, he said, has the best grip even on slippery surface.
The Manduka mat does not have grids or lines like most mats do. Its surface appears and feels much smoother but when I do downward dog on it, man, it does stick to my hands and feet!
Hmmm, does my theory make sense?