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Yoga in Sedro Woolley!

23 Sep

Join me for a weekly Monday night yoga class at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness.  Details can be found on the Center’s website, or below.

Jessie-ProfileMindful Movement ♥Heart♥ Centered Yoga with Jessie

Monday evenings
6:45 ~ 7:45 pm
Pre-registration is required; class limited to 6

“The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam in it.” – Bhagavan Nityananda
Jessie’s Heart Centered Yoga class is your weekly dose of mindful movement and meditation.  Learn to cultivate awareness through both stillness and movement, focus and refine your intention, and learn to be guided by your greatest teacher, the heart.  Jessie blends an expert anatomical and functional movement understanding from her Physical Therapy training with her deep dedication to opening and living from the heart.  Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned practitioner, you will be nourished by this practice.
Note: Space is not guaranteed unless you pre-register for this class online, here.

Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness
609 Murdock Street
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284



As summer transitions to fall …

3 Sep

… and I transition from my life in West Virginia back toward the West Coast, I have been enjoying with a bittersweet heart looking through photos from my very favorite yoga moments with Happy Goat Yoga in Wheeling, WV.  From the opportunity to conduct my yoga research in the studio to the gift of a weekend at the Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Snowshoe, WV, to the ability to teach my Love Your Back Workshops, to the healing & restorative Tuesday night classes by the river, words just cannot convey the gratitude I feel for this healing community of beautiful people on the yoga path.

I hope you enjoy this photo tour of one incredible season of yoga, and if you ever find your way to the northern panhandle, meander into HGY for an unforgettable yoga practice in a community of warm hearts.


Above: “fish face pose.”

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I love you all so, sooo much.  Namaste.


Yoga at Physical Therapy 180º

16 Jul

Gentle Yoga with Jessie Tierney, SPT, E-RYT

IMG_7263.JPGPhysical Therapy 180º in Meridian, Idaho

Monday evenings
6:00 ~ 7:15 pm
Drop-ins welcome (no need to pre-register)

All supplies are provided. This is a gentle therapeutic yoga class that will guide you through learning how to breathe and move with ease and harmony.

Physical Therapy 180º
3919 East Overland Road
Meridian, ID

Balance Builder

22 Feb

I have been having fun playing with building sequences during my free 14-day trial on Sequence Wiz, and wanted to share a Balance Builder practice (click to download) I put together for a friend.  Hope you enjoy!

Balance BuilderBalance Builder 2


h-OM-e for the Holidays!

6 Dec

I am so excited to be coming hOMe to Sedro-Woolley for a brief visit this winter!

Please join me on Saturday, December 23rd at the Center for Holistic Wellness for a discounted private yoga session, one of two 2-hour yoga workshops, either from 1:30 – 3:30pm, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, or all of the above!  Details below.  Please contact me directly to schedule.  312 . 857 . 3454

Whole for the Holidays 


A nourishing yoga practice with Jessie Tierney.  Connect inside, cultivate bliss, and ground yourself in a deep sense of equanimity as you move  through the holidays, bring in the solstice, and open up to the possibility to new beginnings.  Breathing, meditation, and restorative postures will be supported by Ananda Woodworks.

This intimate class is limited to six participants : register now by calling Jessie at 312.857.3454

Saturday, December 23rd
1:30 – 3:30 pm  or 4:00 – 6:00 pm
at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness


“Come, come, whoever you are; Wanderer, worshipper, lover of learning—it doesn’t matter—ours is not a caravan of despair.  Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.  Come, come again, come.”     —Rumi


Jessie_Private_Yoga.jpegPrivate Yoga Sessions with Jessie

Saturday, December 23rd
at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness

Special holiday rate:  $50

Call Jessie at 312-857-3454 to Schedule

Private yoga sessions are designed to:

  • Help you establish a customized practice appropriate for your body
  • Empower you with a foundation of confidence and body awareness that will enable you to participate safely and with confidence in a group yoga class
  • Address any of your individual / therapeutic needs

Jessie loves the creative process of unveiling the root of a physical imbalance and finding ways to make yoga accessible for all.  She is a 2nd year Doctor of Physical Therapy Student and has nearly ten years of experience as a yoga instructor.

Hatha Yoga is not about gaining flexibility, but finding a healthy balance between flexibility, stability, and strength.  Woven within these qualities are the more subtle aspects of self love, deep peace and connection to your highest potential.  Jessie invites you to explore the body-mind and build a lifelong practice that can bring beauty, grace and wellbeing into every aspect of your life.

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Heart Meditation

30 Oct

🌙 Take Back The Night

22 Oct

I am so excited to be teaching 💖 Yoga for Peace & Healing 💖 at Take Back the Night, an international event to raise awareness and empowerment against sexual & domestic violence on October 26th. Wheeling Jesuit University is one of Ten Points of Light, and this event is being held for the first time in West Virginia on our campus! Free & Open to all. 💖 Join me.
#metooTBTN WJU Flier

RSVP & spread the word on Facebook.

Here is the backstory.   Hope to see you Thursday!

Greetings WJU Community:

I am pleased to share the attached flier regarding the upcoming 10 Points of Light event that will be hosted on campus on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

​Take Back The Night represents the earliest world-wide stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women. TBTN events began happening in the 1960’s. Belgium and England held some of the earliest protests about women not being safe even walking down the street alone. In the United States, in 1973, women at a Florida campus marched together demanding a women’s center. In 1975, a crowd in Philadelphia held a Take Back The Night Event to protest the rape and murder of a microbiologist walking home after work. Also in the 70’s San Francisco had a number of rallies in protest “snuff” pornography and violence against women. These events grew into hundreds of events on college campuses and in communities of all sizes and locations. The unifying theme was protest of sexual violence and support for victims.​

​On the last Thursday in October (and again in April), TBTN holds a global event in ten locations world wide. These events are known as the 10 Points of Light. These communities unite to demonstrate their support for survivors of sexual violence through speeches, marches, performances, and vigils. ​

WJU is proud to have been chosen as one of the ten locations to host a Point of Light event, the first of its kind in West Virginia!

Please join us on October 26, 2017, for a day of reflection, education and support as we Take Back the Night!

Contact the Title IX Office with any questions regarding the event.
David Hacker | Director
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Human Resources
316 Washington Ave, Wheeling WV, 26003
Phone: (304) 243-26​50​


See You Later!

23 Jul


Classes with Jessie are on hold as she begins her journey in Physical Therapy School.  Check here for a listing of local teachers and studios.  May you find the perfect fit.

Also, Jessie will be back and forth between Washington State and West Virginia, as she plans to offer workshops when she returns to the West Side of WA for her Clinical Rotations.  Stay tuned by subscribing to her email list or following YogAscent on Facebook!

ॐMay all being be happy.  May all beings be free.  May all beings know peace.ॐ

Skagit Area Yoga Studios

16 Jun

grey-blue_yogascent_logo.jpgTo my dear yoga students,

I will be leaving for West Virginia in early August, where I will be gaining invaluable life and clinical experience as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student (yay!).  My ultimate goal is to come back to the Valley, open up an outpatient clinic / holistic healing center (complete with a horse barn for hippotherapy!), teach yoga and offer Physical Therapy services all under one roof.  This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine all of my (diverse) passions and also to truly serve you all better.  I am so grateful for this incredible gift and opportunity and I promise to make the very most of my education and time away.

This next leg of my journey will last three years.  I trust that each of you will find an amazing new yoga teacher in that time and that you will continue to grow in your lifelong yoga practice.  I am honored to know many talented local instructors; we are so fortunate to have beautiful yoga studios as well as experienced individuals willing to teach you in your own home. Finding a teacher is a very personal journey.  As you will find, there is a wide range of diverse yoga offerings right here in the valley.  If you have trouble knowing where to start, I would be happy to point you in a direction.

When I first began my yoga journey in Chicago (over ten years ago), I remember finding every free class I could and rotating throughout the city, piecing together a practice I could afford at that time … I experienced many different teachers and grew so much from their varied perspectives. Be bold. Try new things. Enjoy the journey.  Open your heart. There is so much to learn.

I invite you to find the Skagit Yoga Community on Facebook, where you can meet some teachers & practitioners and join in the conversation about all things Yoga in the Valley and beyond.

Much love and peace to you on your new yoga journey! Keep in touch. Practice a little every day.



Go-To Yoga for Your Desk Job

8 Apr

Yoga is a wonderful practice you can incorporate into any part of your life.  If you are like 4 out of 5 Americans who have a desk job, it is even more important to bring some healthy, vital movement & breath into your workday.

Here are 5 poses you can integrate into your workplace that fit into a cubicle.


Printable versionDesk Yoga

Feel free to share with your coworkers!

YogAscent ~ What does it Mean?

27 Jan

I have had a number of people recently inquire about YogAscent, the name I chose to represent my yoga offerings.  Synchronistically, the breaking it down to the word “scent” works, as I often use doTERRA Essential Oils in my classes and I enjoy the many fragrances and their relaxing and therapeutic effects.  But that was not my intention in using this name.

Yoga + Ascent:
Heighten Your Practice
Elevate Your Consciousness


I love climbing.  But it doesn’t come easily to me.  So this name, to me, refers to doing the step-by-step-by-step work of ascending a mountain.  It’s not easy, though many points along the way are fantastic.  And the reward–the summit–is more magical than we could have imagined, bringing new perspective, clarity of mind, and a sense of expansion, of peace.  To me, this is the yoga journey.  “Ascent” in YogAscent refers to the process of consciously and systematically rising above our perceived limitations.  Step by step, breath by breath, it refers to going beyond our ordinary existence and finding, connecting to, our True Self.  Gaining access to our highest potential, and living from that place.


On the yoga journey there too is a summit (it has been called God-Realization, Nirvana, merging with the divine, Enlightenment, Samadhi, Ananda, bliss).  We live the journey.  For yogis, there is ever more to unveil, more depth to find, more connection to feel.  It’s the journey that matters, the practice.

So, step by step, breath by breath, we ascend.


TONIGHT! Moving into Stillness …

30 Dec

Embodied Intention Setting for the New Year


Painting by artist Claudia Tremblay

Join Suzy, Sylvia and Jessie for a two and a half hour workshop to help you connect with your body and set a deeply inspired intention for the new year.

Wednesday December 30, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sedro Woolley Physical Therapy
$5-$15 sliding scale

100% of proceeds will be donated to Animals As Natural Therapy.  ANT offers healing programs based on the knowledge that animals can teach humans important life skills: respect for self and others, trust-building, and clear communication. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, ANT operates out of Windy Acres, a one-hundred-year-old, 5-acre farm in Bellingham. Windy Acres provides a peaceful, secluded spot for animal and human partners to practice their healing work. Over the past decade, ANT has touched the lives of thousands of children and adults.  Learn more here!

The Workshop

Take the classical New Years Resolutions deeper inside for an experience that won’t fade as the year progresses.  When we connect with our physical bodies, we can open a gateway to a deeper truth.  As we listen inward, we can find surprising insights that, if we choose, can guide us through this new year.

This Workshop is open to beginners and all levels.  We will begin with a warm up, exploring gentle yoga and graceful ballet movements led by Sylvia, Certified Registered Yoga Instructor.  Suzy, Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist, will guide us through some Tai Chi, Yoga, and neuro-facilitation movements to really connect with flow.  Jessie, Experienced Registered Yoga & Meditation Instructor, will bring us into stillness with a gentle cool down and an Intention-Setting meditation.

Throughout this workshop, we will quiet the mind and connect within to find our highest intention from inside, then set it strongly and affirm it within a supportive community setting, establishing the foundation for a New Year guided by our embodied insights.

No previous yoga experience required.  Bring a mat if you have one, don’t worry if you don’t (yoga mats will be provided).  Bring your friends!  You may RSVP to reserve your spot, or just come join us the day of.


“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.”


All proceeds benefit Cascade Job Corps HEAL program.

The Instructors

Jessie-ProfileJessie Tierney is a 320-hour Yoga Alliance Certified & Registered Yoga Instructor through the Shambhava School of Yoga.  She is en route to Physical Therapy school, where she plans to integrate yoga, horses, and the outdoors with Physical Therapy for a complete, holistic approach to  healing that addresses the physical, emotional, and subtle body.  Yoga transformed Jessie’s life in profound ways, and she is deeply honored to offer this empowering practice to others.  She currently teaches at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness.  Learn more about Jessie at and; contact her via phone 312.857.3454 or Jessie Yoga at gmail dot com.

suzieSuzy Cornell was born and raised in Seattle, WA and received her BA in Physical Education from Western Washington University in 1985.  She has over 20 years experience in the field of Adult Fitness and has taught Yoga and Pilates for over 10 years.  She received her yoga certification from Pacific Yoga at The Yoga Tree in Seattle, and has continued her education through YogaFit, Inc, obtaining certifications in Levels 1-5, Prenatal Yoga and YogaFit for Seniors.  She was certified in Pilates through Balance Within in Redmond.  She currently teaches at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness.  Learn more about Suzy at, contact her via phone 206.669.0857 or email her from her site.

Sylvia_TraskSylvia Trask began practicing yoga at age 10, inspired by the quiet it brought her inside.  She studies her yoga bible, Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar.  Sylvia has shared her practice for four decades in many settings: on the trail with fellow backpackers and trail maintenance friends, in the classroom, in ballet and yoga studios, and naturally into whatever setting she finds herself in.  Yoga is a central element in Sylvia’s life and flows freely into everything else, including ballet, massage therapy and her gardens.  Sylvia currently teaches yoga at the Woolley Market three days per week.  Contact Sylvia for more information: 360-707-8321.

Help us spread the word!

(flier coming soon)

New Punch Cards

2 Dec

Punch Cards

If your punch card has expired, come in for classes in December-quick!  All expired punch cards will be purged January 1st.  

Starting in January, punch cards will expire 3 months to the day from when they were purchased.  It is my intention that this will help you make the commitment to prioritize your yoga practice and come consistently to class.  This way, the class can progress and we can all grow together!

10 classes for $100
The best value for those of you who intend to come regularly to yoga.  This option gives you three months for ten classes.  That’s $5 off each class – a tremendous $50 savings!

8 classes for $90
This is a good option if you’re looking for a great value but might not be as consistent with classes.  This option gives you three months to attend eight classes and saves you $30.

Drop in rate is $15 per class

How to purchase
Punch cards can be purchased in person with Jessie or online at my secure shop (I can ship them to you or give them to you when you attend your first yoga class).  Punch cards are a great holiday gift idea!

Both class passes expire three months from the date of purchase.


Note:  Punch cards can now be used for either Back Care Yoga classes on Fridays (must RSVP ahead of time with 48 hours notice of need to cancel for a refund – no exceptions) or All Levels Yoga Classes on Thursday nights. 

Holiday Gift Bags!

28 Nov

I hope you all have received a holiday gift bag from our wonderful circle of local healers (just scroll down to meet them!) by now.  If not, join me for a yoga class and pick one up!

My contribution to the bags was a small dram of doTERRA essential oil for you to enjoy this holiday season.  Your dram contains one of the following oils (which are my personal favorites!), plus MANY more goodies complements of Jelan …  Read on to learn more about how to enjoy your doTERRA oils and meet the practitioners responsible for your gift bags!

Balance_15mlBalance® Grounding Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Promotes whole-body relaxation
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance

OnGuard_15mlOnGaurd® Protective Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, Internal, Dilute for young or sensitive skin
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Protects against environmental threats
  • Cleanses surfaces
  • Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

AromaTouch_15mlAromaTouch® Massage Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Relaxes muscles and soothes joints
  • Promotes circulation
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response


  • Uses: Aromatic, topical – no need for dilution, internal
  • Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
  • Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Helps skin recover quickly
  • Eases muscle tension

Slim & Sassy®  Metabolic Blendslimsassy_15ml

  • Uses: aromatic, topical and internal
  • Promotes healthy metabolism
  • Helps manage hunger cravings
  • Calms your stomach and lifts your mood
  • Diuretic stimulant and calorie free

How to use Essential Oils

There are so many ways for you to enjoy your oils!

  • A few drops on the clay charm necklace that is included in your gift bag!
  • One drop on the wrist, rub wrists together, then rub on your neck near your lymph nodes
  • Add to a witch hazel spray for a yoga mat cleaner or all-purpose household cleaner
  • Rub a drop or two into the bottoms of your feet

A Note from Jelan:

The Holiday Gift Bags are up and running!  Much thanks and gratitude goes out to this amazing circle of healers for making these little bits of holiday cheer such a huge success!  I could not have done it with out you!

I would like to acknowledge T. L. Garrett of Mountain Sunrise Pottery for creating the darling little charms you will find in your gift bag.  Teri does beautiful pottery.  Many of you have seen some of her pieces in my salon.  She specializes in “functional ~ unique ~ wearable ~ beautiful” pieces.  You may contact her at or 406-696-5195 for customized orders.

The charm has not been glazed on purpose.  It is porous to hold and absorb a drop or two of an essential oil to carry your aroma therapy blend with you throughout the day.  They may be worn as a necklace or simply placed near you on your desk, in your car, on your nightstand, wherever you wish.  They make a nice addition to your meditation / prayer practice, or simply to freshen the air in a stuffy environment.  One drop of essential oil will last for several days.  If you have questions about essential oils or would like to purchase additional oils, contact Jessie.  Enjoy!

In addition to the charms, you will find a few small tumbled stones with a brief description of the healing properties for which they may be used.  To use a stone for healing purposes, take a moment or two to think about an area in your life that you would either like to cultivate or release while holding the stone.  Then simply carry the stone with you in your purse or pocket, or place on your dresser, nightstand, or special place to serve as a gentle reminder to yourself of your intention to create positive change in your life.  Explore your heart and mind and Play!

Wishing Each of You and Your Families a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Many Blessings,


Practitioners you’ll find in your Gift Bag!

Jelan Petersen, Reiki Master / Teacher, Cosmetologist, Proprietor, The Reiki Sylist


“Bringing Beauty to the Body, Mind & Spirit”

Jelan offers a unique healing opportunity for her clients.  Combining the healing energies of unconditional Love and Compassion with traditional salon & spa services, offers a relaxed, fun and safe environment to facilitate subtle shifts of perspective while chatting about day to day events.  Deep healing experiences take place effortlessly as conversations bring issues to the surface.  The energetic environment within the salon offers a reprieve from the outside world, allowing one to connect with their own divine self, relax, rejuvenate, and release.  Healing sessions may be scheduled for more in-depth exploration of your inner being.  Classes may also be scheduled to learn how to connect more clearly with your intuition to heal yourself and others using the healing energy of Reiki.

Jelan combines the healing practices of Reiki,Theta Healing®, Crystal Therapy and her Intuitive Knowledge in her practice.

Hadea Tift, Owner of Skagit Community Acupuncture, Licensed & Board Certified Acupuncturist, Chief Creator

Hadea1Skagit Community Acupuncture provides a radical and yet sensible solution to feeling better on a budget, treating multiple people per hour so that you can afford to come often enough to get better while not breaking the bank.  SCA is a part of a network of practitioners across the country (200 strong!) who believe in offering acupuncture in an affordable setting.  All are individually owned and operated, connected solely by a common goal.

Trained at Bastyr, Hadea uses a Japanese style of needling which is gentle.  She practices distal treatments – meaning that no matter what she is treating (from headaches to back pain to hormonal or digestive issues) she uses acupuncture points that are on your legs, arms, and your head.  Schedule an appointment to experience this unique and effective healing experience for yourself.

Kathleen Sweeney, Reflexologist and owner of the Sedro Woolley Center of Holistic Wellness

Kathleen offers a blend of her many gifts out of the Center of Holistic Wellness, drawing from her most beloved trainings including Intuitive Reflexology, Reiki Raindrop therapy, Structural Relief Therapy, Aromatherapy, custom essential oil blends & perfumes, and plain old fashioned listening!

The Center hosts a lending library, fair trade & local gift store (stop in!), and a myriad of resources including classes, workshops, and healing practitioners to help you find community, wholeness and healing on a deep level.  Sign up for Kathleen’s e-mail list by clicking here.

Suzy Cornell, LMP, CPT, Structural Medicine Specialist, Yoga & Pilates Instructor and owner of Body Free

Suzy Cornell

Suzy integrates her many advanced trainings in the healing arts with an extensive movement background to empower her clients to achieve a high level of freedom and functional ability in their lives.  Through Body Free, she offers hourlong or two-hour massage, Aromatouch, Functional Movement Screens and Structural Medicine treatments out of Concrete and Sedro Woolley.  She also teaches a weekly yoga class at the Center of Holistic Wellness.

Jessie Tierney, Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor & Physical Therapist Aide

Jessie-ProfileI teach therapeutic yoga and offer workshops around the Skagit Valley.  From Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Back Care Yoga and even Horseback Yoga, it is my deepest love to share the benefits of this life-changing practice to all.  I supplement my yoga teaching (and my life) with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTERRA essential oils, which I am thrilled to be sharing with all of you.  You can sign up for my e-mail list by clicking here (be sure you check the box that corresponds to your interests!).

DIY all-natural yoga mat cleaner

6 Nov

It’s a great idea to keep your yoga mat clean, and if you love the mat cleaner I provide at SWPT Yoga Classes and Back Care Classes at the Center, you’ll be happy to know that it’s made with love from all natural ingredients, and it is super simple to make your own.  Here is how!

The Recipe

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil (You can use any essential oil you love!  Balance is another favorite, and DoTerra is an awesome company to get pure therapeutic grade essential oils from)

Just shake well, spray down your mat (it doesn’t take much) and wipe dry with a cloth.  Let your mat dry for a few minutes before you roll it up. That’s all it takes for a clean and happy yoga mat!

I sometimes like to spray my mat before my practice so it smells super nice in bhaktasana.

Yoga_ToesHappy cleaning!

General Mat Care

  • If you want a more heavy-duty clean, it is also possible to put your yoga mat into the washing machine on a gentle cycle (cold or warm ~ not hot) with natural laundry detergent.  This is how I usually clean the hayloft yoga mats.  You’ll have to hang your mat to dry.  Another option is to clean it off while you shower!
  • If your mat is super-duper dirty and you want a strong disinfectant, fill the tub up with lukewarm water and vinegar (3:1 ratio if you want to be exact).  Submerge your mat for at least twenty minutes.  Rinse and hang dry.
  • Avoid sunlight exposure or keeping your mat in an area that is close to a heat vent.  It’s a good idea to avoid storing your mat in your car.  It will last longer this way.
  • Some rubber mats, like the eco-friendly Jade Yoga mat pictured above, are better washed with just soap and water (no oils).  Here’s what the company suggests:

“As Jade yoga mats act like sponges – and hold water, we recommend simply wiping the surface of your mat on a regular basis with plain water. If your mat needs an occasional deep cleaning, that is fine, but you should be aware that as Jade mats act like sponges, holding soap and water, you must be prepared to thoroughly rinse and dry your mat. You can wash your mats by soaking in a bathtub, hosing it off or in a front loading washing machine (no agitator) on gentle. We recommend a mild soap. Do not use oils, solvents or harsh abrasives. The yoga mat should then be hung or laid flat to dry. DO NOT DRY IN OR ALLOW PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT.”

Woo, they’re serious about avoiding direct sunlight.

  • If you are in the market for a yoga mat, you might check into this review of a few mats by Consumer Search.