I started planning a post about yoga mats  but I just couldn’t get excited about it.  Plus, I thought the attention span we bloggers fight for would fold tight like a fan during a hurricane.   

But I have a valid question.  What’s the best kindHow much is okay to spend?

I started researching Manduka ($40 – $120)


Jade ($54 – $120)


and Gaiam ($21.98 – $132 includes towel)


As usual my mind had to complicate the simple question and make it about something monumental.

Is it okay to spend money on non-essentials? (though, as a yoga teacher – I may argue that a nice mat IS essential)

Am I allowed to be a little extravagant sometimes? 

have I earned it?

worked hard enough?

been good enough?

been enough?

Will we have enough money to send our 3 children to college if I get something for myself?

kids at uva

Here they are at the University of Virginia – supporting Cavalier baseball.  They’ll go to college somehow.

I think my neurosis comes from growing up in a family richly blessed with intangibles and not a bunch of money.  So when I want a tangible I start to feel short-sighted and selfish.  And downward I spiral. 

Until I realize the simple answer to all of the questions above is:  Yes.

So, my 45th birthday is coming up.  I use July 18 every year as an excuse to get something for myself without the psychology and guilt.  Yay, July 18!!

Here’s what I got for my birthday 10 years ago –


Sweet baby, Jane.  Best. Gift. Ever. 

If you have a sweet Manduka or a fabulous Jade or a great Gaiam – let me know.  I want one, just don’t know which. 

Is it terrible to want a thing?  The answer to that is not, Yes.

BTW, I managed this away from a wall for the first time in 2 years:


Pincha Mayurasana

Pincha Mayurasana, Source:  True Flow Yoga

That is worth celebrating!


What are you celebrating this month?

6 thoughts on “Yes.

  1. I am celebrating 3 years of freedom, of being able to make my own life decisions. In doing so, I also celebrate the love and friendship that got me here.

  2. I bought a Manduka ProLite for my birthday last year, even thought I had been practicing for only 6 months. I regret nothing. So much nicer that the mat I bought at a big box store, and I have a feeling that I will be able to leave it to my children when I cast off this mortal coil.

  3. I have Jade mat and it rocks! I’ve used it in Iyengar and now hot yoga. Never slips, great grip. Worth every cent — wish I wouldn’t have bought all the previous mats that were cheaper before settling on this on.

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