I love this mat! I purchased it several months ago to replace a mat I had for 8 years. This was a great purchase! I use the Chakra symbols in my practice by focusing on them during balancing poses and as reference points for placing my feet during certain poses. I also mediate on the Chakras while I practice. The mat is a little slippery (I sweat a lot), but that can be solved easily with a gripping towel. Overall, I highly recommend this mat!