Listening To Country Cork Yoga Mat
More than just a yoga mat
The Listening to Country cork yoga mat was designed by Australian Indigenous artist, Ricky Kildea to create a feeling of calmness, focus and connection with a beautiful representation of what it means to be "in the ZONE" from an Aboriginal context.
This yoga mat is made from 100% sustainable cork and natural rubber and is PVC, latex and phthalate free. Using a high temperature machine, the rubber and the cork layers are adhered to each other without the use of glues or harsh chemicals.
The cork surface has a smooth and natural feel, with a centre guideline for perfect
About the artwork
The Indigenous artwork centres around a connection to Country, deep-listening and the journey we take in experiencing a one-ness with nature and a deeper connection to mind, body, spirit. A connection to Country is a key element of Aboriginal culture and spirituality, and has contributed to Aboriginal people living sustainably for thousands of years on this land.
The colours of the middle and end circles represent ochre, and the interconnectedness with Country.
The larger centre circle is a place of focus and the "ZONE" in a cultural context. This is often referred to as deep-listening or walking quietly on Country.
The blue lines on the artwork represent a river and the flowing of positive energy. The river also symbolises our journey in life. There are times when the river flows effortlessly, but there are also times when the water needs to find a way through the rocks and around the resistance. The sounds of the river speak to us and guide us. As we listen to the river, we hear our ancestors and we feel the energy of the river.
The circle artwork designs in the river represent the lessons we learn on our journey and the important people in our lives who have guided us.
The artwork also reminds us to be mindful of our impact on Country. By living more connected to the environment, more connected to Country and more connected to culture, we create a greater awareness and deeper spiritual connection.