Did you know there is such a thing as an Eco Friendly Yoga Mat? Perhaps you already use one.
Yoga is one of the most refreshing and re-energizing things you can do for your body and your soul!
Where do you go to practice yoga? Are you lucky enough to be able to find a quiet sanctuary in the forest? How about yoga on a quiet beach with ocean waves lapping on the shore?
Or perhaps like most of us, you do yoga in the comfort of your own home or at the gym.
Regardless of where you go to do yoga, the mat you choose is important for your comfort. And if you can find and use an eco friendly yoga mat, you can also know you are doing your part not just for yourself but for the environment!
What is an eco friendly yoga mat?
They are becoming more and more popular, almost a trend!
You may need to look around a bit to find one that meets your needs.
Most department stores stock yoga mats made from PVC plastic - this is not eco friendly! These types of mats produce noxious off-gases as well and can be a health hazard for those who are sensitive to chemicals.
There are several options.
Types of Eco Yoga Mats
Made from rubber trees, these yoga mats are natural and biodegradable. Most rubber trees are grown in sustainable rubber tree farms. Natural rubber yoga mats are a good option as long as you are not allergic to latex. If you are allergic, you should choose another type of mat. Expect to pay from $30 and $50 for a good quality natural rubber mat.
Another type is made from natural fibers such as cotton, jute or hemp. When considering these types of mats be sure to look for organic materials. Non-organic fibers could be treated with harmful pesticides that would defeat any health benefits of using a natural mat. Expect to pay $40 or more for one of these mats.
Yoga is for Lovers has a great review on several popular brands of eco mats.
If you are looking for something to perfectly compliment your new yoga mat, try the "Julie" bag from UrthBags - Hip Handbags Made from Recycled Materials. This particular bag is made from recycled magazine covers & will bring a little "hip" to your yoga practice!.
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