Cork is the ideal material for Natural Yoga Mats for both hot and gentle practices. For hot practices, the cork layer is grippy when wet, unlike many other mat materials. It is also naturally antimicrobial, so it stays fresh throughout its useful life.All users will love that cork is a warm comfortable surface that is welcome against your skin. It is natural, renewable and heavy metal-free. The bheka cork mat is supported by a firm grippy layer of TPE which is heavy metal-free and easy on the environment. Even though these mats are a comfortable 6 mm thick, and a generous 26″ wide and 72″ long they are firm enough for standing practices and lightweight at just 2.5 pounds.The Plain version is offered in this listing. We also have two laser-etched designs that are a beautiful adornment and an aide to practice that will not rub off nor fade. Whether you choose the welcoming Namaste Lotus design, Henna OM, or plain, you will be selecting something with deep roots in the traditions of yoga. The designs can also be used as markers to see your alignment more clearly than is possible on a plainer surface.Care Instructions: To avoid creasing your bheka Cork Yoga Mat roll the mat loosely with the cork side always facing out. In time some cracking of the natural cork surface may occur. This is to be expected and should not affect the usefulness of your mat. When your mat becomes soiled and requires cleaning we recommend wiping it down with a damp cloth and letting it air dry. For deeper cleaning, you may add a dab of mild soap, vinegar or essential oil. Be sure to let your mat dry completely before rolling it back up. These mats are ethically sourced from Mainland China.