Why use sheepskin for yoga & meditation?
Through the ages, yogis have used animal skins to sit on during yoga and meditation:
“On the high slopes of the Himalayan Mount Kailasa, Shiva, the great yogi, sits on a tiger skin, deep in meditation in mystical stillness, and through his meditation the world is kept in position.”
It is traditional for many Kundalini Yoga practitioners to use sheepskins on which to do their yoga. This is personal preference. Yogi Bhajan recommended the sheepskin for meditation, as it created an insulation between the yogi and the magnetic pull of the Earth. Indeed, many people experience deeper states of connection to their Self and the Universe when using a sheep skin as compared to a sticky mat or cushion (synthetic yoga mats are taking up to 1/3 of the aura away from a person).
He said it was traditional for a yogi to use the skin of an animal which had recently died because it is also said to be a blessing for the animal, it helps to liberate their soul.
The sheep skin is great for yoga, it is soft & cushy and great for the ankles when meditating. It has non-allergenic properties.
Don`t use it as a rug, but rather as a sacred space, a great addition to your altar or meditation room!
Note: It is not mandatory to have a sheepskin in order to attend Kundalini Yoga & Meditation classes.