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About Kurma Yoga

High Quality German Yoga Equipment Since 1988

Solving the Professional Need for a High Performance Yoga Mat

Kurma Yoga was founded in Germany in 1988 by Claus Grzesch, the man behind the legendary German yoga mat.

As a direct disciple of India’s foremost yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar, Claus was inspired by his many years in India and returned to Europe and share the teaching of Iyengar.

BKS Iyengar with Claus Grzesch of Kurma Yoga

B.K.S. Iyengar & Claus Grzesch in India, early 1980's

Upon his return to Germany, Claus realized he had a need for a proper yoga mat. Not a throw-away cheap rug underlay, which was mostly being used, but a properly dense, non-toxic, high quality underlay.

Claus began developing and testing yoga mats to meet his own standard.

At the time, the late 1980s, yoga was very fringe, and yoga mats were not a commodity item. Most yogis used mats of fabric, rugs, or carpet underlays, mostly made of low-quality rubbers or toxic synthetics (not unlike cheap yoga mats still available today).

Claus worked directly with manufacturers to develop and test over 100 mats, before he landed on the recipe that has since changed the world of yoga. 

The Kurma Classic professional yoga mat was breakthrough invention. This mat spread across the globe, imported and branded by several companies, gaining legendary status in no time.

Claus Grzesch Founder of Kurma Yoga 1988 - German Yoga Mats

For nearly 20 years, Kurma mats have been the top choice of yoga professionals for their stability, comfort, and durability. Yoga professionals agree that Kurma mats assist at improvement and enhance their performance.

All Kurma Yoga products are certified non-toxic and mindfully created for a healthy yoga practice and healthy life. 

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To your good health!


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