If you want your yoga practice to be filled with peace and love, start by being thoughtful about your choice of yoga mat
When you look down at your yoga mat and take a deep inhalation, you want to focus on everything that is good in your life. Express gratitude to yourself for the love that you are expressing just by taking the time to practice yoga and take care of yourself; remember all that you have to be grateful for in the world, from life itself to the smallest luxuries that you may take for granted now and then. There is so much that we can be happy about that it can be difficult to keep up with it all.
This, of course, is one of the amazing powers of yoga: it creates an opportunity for us to recognize and embrace the positive
As you are embracing the positive, you want to be sure that your yoga mat is conducive to a positive, healthy, and aware mindset.
Reality vs Illusion
Just imagine for a moment a yoga mat made from toxic materials or something equally horrific. Not very enticing, is it? But the truth is that, unfortunately, many yoga beginners, yoga teachers and even yoga studios own cheap PVC yoga mats filled with heavy metals, like arsenic, mercury, cadmium. They are needed in order to make PVC yoga mat durable and stable.
Already knowing this, should be enough for mindful yogis to avoid purchasing PVC yoga mats
We believe that it is responsibility of every yoga teacher and every yoga studio to always suggest to either beginners or to advanced yogis (who wish to replace the old yoga mats) - only the best, eco-friendly yoga mats that are friendly for the environment and healthy for the practice.
It is responsibility of every yoga teacher to lead by example and help the students to begin their Yogic journey with mindful choices
The last thing we want to do, as a Yogic Lifestyle living yogis, put ourselves in the position where we claim how much Yoga is helping us to connect to ourselves and the World while at the same time we unwittingly harm the Planet each time we roll out the plastic yoga mat.
How to recognise PVC yoga mat?
There are different types of PVC yoga mats that are available in the market nowadays: simple PVC yoga mats, mats with amazing prints, mats made from PVC base and jute top, and more expensive ones. For the latter ones it takes a little bit more effort to read the label “between the lines”, because brands became smarter of not telling directly to their customers that their mats contain PVC.
The most challenging is to resist the brands that sell PVC yoga mats for a lifetime: the structure of these mats is more dense, feels more solid, but are no less harmful to the Environment than any other PVC yoga mats. We all have limited time on this Planet Earth so leaving the yoga mat which will last another hundred-human-Lifetimes after we passed away is not really a mindful decision
What is the alternative to PVC Yoga mat?
When the right timing comes for you to buy a yoga mat, we suggest to go for the natural rubber yoga mats. Whether it is a natural rubber yoga mat with PU top, natural rubber with Microfiber / towel top, or simply a natural rubber yoga mat - this Mindful decision will be aligned with the values of your Yogic Lifestyle.
Take a look at yourself when you have a moment and try to think of an answer to this question: What do you want from your yoga practice?
Whatever your answer is – growth, introspection, health, healing, enlightenment, self-love, strength, calm – you need to start first by picking the right yoga mat. Put a little thought into your choice in this area!
We at ZENAGOY are proud to provide you with a yoga mat that you can be happy to roll out at every practice and that you can look down at, smile, and know to be just what you need for the moment.
If you think it is time for you to get a new mat or to choose your first mat, check out our Yoga Mat Collection. Rest assured that you can enjoy your practice in the knowledge that you have contributed to the well-being of this Planet!