For a yogini like me who sweats like a pig (another reason why varrahyoga is so apt a title for me!), a towel is a standard accessory in my practice, as crucial as a mat. It is not so much for wiping perspiration, which is not encouraged in the class, as for avoiding formation of bodies of water in the shala. Okay, that’s an exaggeration—paddy is more like it.
Last year, when Aquazorb was launched in the market, I didn’t bother to give it a try. One, it was available only at the Fort—nah, too much a hassle for me. Two, I was already content with my yoga rugs which were locally made using 100 percent cotton fabric—gawang Pinoy! However, these rugs didn’t last a year, notwithstanding the careful maintenance they required. Read: hand washing!
A few months ago, my friend Mary An, whose husband and son are very much into sports, suggested that I try Aquazorb yoga towel. Apparently her men were happy with their sports towels, made of the same fabric as the yoga towel, which they got at the 5th floor of the Shangrila mall.
So I bought a yoga towel for Php500 and a finger towel for Php80. The yoga towel comes in different colors—lime, red, salmon, yellow, and light blue. (Aquazorb has other product types, which come in more varieties of hues.) Thought bubble: At kailangan bang matching ang colors ng yoga at finger towels?!
Unlike the regular bath towel, Aquazorb perfectly fits a standard yoga mat (24” x 68”) so wherever my feet land in my jump-backs, I’m sure to have a towel underneath my sweaty soles. (Pictured here is my Manduka mat, which measures 26” x 71”.)
It is lighter than an ordinary towel, too, but is certainly more absorbent—I feel almost completely dry after savasana. In fact, it is too absorbent that you would not want to hand wash them (like I did!). Just throw it in the washer, no sweat! Most importantly, this yoga towel provides a non-slip surface (but make sure you wash it first before using and do not use fabric softener).
The packaging does not say though what this towel is made of so I do not know if it is of organic source. Further, the packaging materials used are not environment-friendly. Maybe the towels can just be rolled and bound with a paper strip instead of using plastic (as pictured below)? Just a suggestion.
For now, it’s Aquazorb yoga towel for me…but let’s see until my Yogitoes comes (I hope my sister is reading this blog so she won’t forget her birthday present for me, tee-hee-hee). Aside from being pricey (1 Yogitoes = 4 Aquazorb yoga towel + 3 finger towels), Yogitoes also requires careful washing so that its rubber dots won’t come off. Will keep you posted—if you don’t hear anything from me after my birthday, it’s either my sister forgets all about my Yogitoes or I am not happy with it.