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About us

Namaste and welcome!!! Here YOU learn, more About me and who actually behind Yoga-Shop-Online is

It began in India:

If you have ever been in a country with 70-80 % humidity, then you know what sweating is. Imagine practicing 2 h Ashtanga + 2 h Vinyasa or Yin daily. Then you appreciate a non-slip mat even more. That was in March 2018, and just there in Goa we asked our "teachers" at that time, what is the best mat. And they said the best are the cork mats but unfortunately also not the cheapest. Our camp used to have these as standard mats for all students, but unfavorably these were always "accidentally packed" or mysteriously disappeared and this then became too costly for the yoga school.

Since we trusted the teacher and did not know the mats, we went right away. With a tuk tuk 20 min ride, a nice yoga hostel somewhere in Goa, with a nice little store. And since then, I have only taken my cork mat all these years. It travels with me every day, every day. It has also accompanied me on all vacations. Since then I can look back on over 1,400 yoga lessons and I have never seen a more slip resistant mat and on top of that it is so extremely easy to clean.

2020 the idea

In 2020 then all at once with Covid everything was different.

In the spring of 2020 in the home office then one day I came up with the idea, a new mat would be nice, also so that I do not always have to carry home from the studio. And then, I could hardly believe it myself: nowhere were there double-sided cork yoga mats. All offered me only the cork-covered yoga mats, which are mostly made of rubber or rubber substitute, you can see this well on the back, this is usually black. To be fair, it must be said that these are thicker and lighter, often cheaper. But in any case they do not last as long, are less ecological, cleaning is more difficult, for example on our mats sand simply does not stick and our double-sided cork mats never get as hot as the others. 
So, despite intensive research, I had no choice but to order them in India. The shipping and customs charges and customs processing fees at that time finally amounted to over 35 % of the value of the goods, (meanwhile, we are at 45 %). 
I was shocked. However, at that time the idea arose just as much that we should also have the opportunity in Europe to be able to purchase a professional, non-slip, easy-care mat made of cork. I am still firmly convinced that these mats are simply the best. After this idea had manifested itself more and more, the search for a partner in India began.
Cork mat

For me personally, the only really non-slip mat:

Extremely durable (there are some care tricks, you will get them with the care instructions when you buy the mat). 100 % recyclable takes body temperature never gets as hot as conventional mats The mats are antimicrobial - bacteria repellent therefore extremely easy to clean easy to clean, neither sand nor stones stick to the back of the mat Cork absorbs sweat, thereby an extremely, good grip Cork is a natural material, therefore one feels more grounding

I placed an ad on an Indian site for resellers. Indians are an extremely hard-working people. It was a Friday afternoon and from then on my phone did not stop ringing day and night. The selection criterion was whether the manufacturer could produce double-sided cork mats and how sustainably they operate and how they treat their local employees, as well as the size of the company and delivery conditions. 

Honestly, probably such a procedure is also always a gamble. Then it went 3 months with phone calls and sending samples and phone calls again and he just wouldn't give me a price, but first a quantity from me. But how can I give a piece count without knowing a price? Slowly I was losing patience. It was a egg dance, a ping pong game..... Now after more than 2 years, I know that the manufactory only wanted to make sure that I really open a store, because they only supply resellers. Due to the flexibility of the manufactory, because they also produce a lot of personalized extra on request, then "somehow the horses went through with me" and that's why it came to such an extensive assortment.

to the pictures and how I came to yoga:

Attached is a picture gallery from 2016 - that's when my yoga path began. In the field service for an international company, I was so stressed that I started with yoga. On the one hand the workload of 60 to 70 h / W and on the other hand the sales pressure led to the fact that I initially went to power yoga. Quite irregularly at the beginning and I hardly paid attention to the breathing at the beginning, I had to follow the positions. Moreover, I simply noticed that even if it sometimes cost me a lot of effort to go to yoga at all, I always felt better afterwards than before. Especially since I always had a lot of back pain due to my bust size. I know many women envy another one for that, but it's not always fun either. Through the yoga and abdominal muscle building, my back pain has improved significantly. 

and then there are:

I am supported when necessary by some good friends who help me when muscle power is needed or also manual skills, or simply friends who also listen sometimes. Unfortunately, they all did not want to be pictured. (1 you see in the picture gallery, one of my best friends and neighbor for 12 years). Last but not least, there is Tracy for the caresses (so she is the one who is caressed).

Blah, blah, blah:

Apart from that, I like animals and as soon as I practice yoga outside, dogs or cats usually come to me. In the past, I also had a rather pronounced spider phobia, but since Costa Rica I have become much more relaxed about spiders, bugs and cockroaches, although I can also do without them. 😉 I would wish for the future that of course politically and healthwise it will be calmer and more relaxed for all of us again. A rethinking regarding our environment takes place, currently I think already finally. In general, I never wish anyone evil and give everyone a chance in principle. What I do not like at all are lies, small-minded views, resentful people or false persons. Also unacceptable for me are violence and discrimination / racism and the destruction of our oceans.  

In general, I believe that you see each other at least 2 times in life or as my mom always said, "What I think and do myself, I trust other people." or in other words, it always comes back. KARMA. Sometimes karma just takes a while. 

For the future I would wish to be able to live from yoga classes and the store and also that we can all travel again one day with less / without special measures carefree, if that will ever be the case again.... 

In this sense, I thank you for your interest, your time and attention, I got a little rambling. Now, I wish you much fun while browsing in our store. 

Useful (I hope) links for you: 

If I may add a small note, here you will find a lot of helpful info on yoga, chakras, fascia, back pain and so on:

Things to know PDF free download

or see also here, posts about Ashtanga Yoga, back pain or even copper bottles...: to my blog

Provided you like to do tests, here we have some which should help you find the perfect gift or even which mala suits you.

Click here for the tests.

And for those of you who like poems and fables, I can still recommend this link: 

Poems, short stories Savasana, fables

I say goodbye, with a quote from Buddha:

"A moment can change a day, a day can change a life, and a life can change the world."