I love the simple cork mat. Its soft and works great so far for my hot yoga classes. Have used the mat with the carrying strap 4 times. Only thing I was disappointed with is the strap; poor quality. It is thin and already has threads coming loose. My prior mat (and strap) held up for ~4 years of hot yoga classes 3-5/wk. I see this strap not holding up for another month and I will go back to using my prior strap from another company.