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How to choose the best yoga mat for a yogic lifestyle?

Yoga practice in yoga studio on blue PUrfect yoga mat

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

PVC colorful yoga mats
We came to realise that this is a global problem because PVC yoga mats are cheap, effective and everyone wants to have them without being aware of the consequences – both for the health and for the Environment. If you are new to yoga and your yoga teacher recommends you a yoga mat in your favorite color which will keep you from slipping while you are doing a downward dog – you just trust your yoga teacher and get one, without even asking a question what is it made from. Bingo! This is the gap which is very big and must be filled in!

We believe that it is the 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 a responsibility of every yoga teacher to lead by example and help their 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.

Colorful PVC yoga mats
The lowest quality PVC yoga mats are usually…not expensive. They are come in variety of colors, they are soft, spongy, light weighted and have amazing description. The keywords like “light to carry”, “amazing grip”, “affordable”, “beginners mat” are there to seduce the yogi so that the word PVC is overlooked. Since PVC yoga mats indeed have a good grip because of added heavy metals, they also have a bad impact on the Plant and on your health. The most recognizable feature is the “small squares”: when you look at the mat it seems as the yoga mat is made from “ the small squares”.
It is very easy to print on the surface of these yoga mats, therefore brands make yogis to open their wallets not only because of the low prices, but also because of the amazing patterns: mandalas, dream-catchers, pictures of dunes, sunsets, animals, nature. You name it – and it is there. Be aware, that kid’s yoga mats, most of the time, are also made from PVC: funny design, favorite color, attractive price. Before you had a chance to read a label, your kid is already carrying it under the armpit. If you really think of getting a yoga mat for you kid, it is worth investing in a good – natural rubber – yoga mat. Take the opportunity to explain to your kid that his/her eco-friendly yoga mat will stay with him/her for a longer period of time, it will be his/her safe place to practice and it will make this Planet happy! This is also the moment you can explain about Global plastic pollution in an easy for him/her understand language.
Green PVC yoga mat with mandala print
Half rolled purple PVC yoga mat with jute top layer
PVC yoga mats with the top jute layer are becoming very popular as well. Jute is the most used natural fiber in the World. It is an Earth friendly product, however, putting jute on the top of PVC yoga mat does not make that mat eco-friendly. In fact “eco-PVC” term does not exist: there is no eco-friendly way of manufacturing PVC products. This term was invented to attract customers to buy plastic products by making them look “less harmful”.

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.  

infographics natural rubber yoga mat microfiber top

At ZENAGOY, we offer nothing but the best yoga mats for this very purpose - to support your yogic Lifestyle, which starts by owning an eco friendly yoga mat. These are yoga mats that you can count on for all your practices, yes, but perhaps most important, of all, they are yoga mats that you can use with a clear mind. Using only natural rubber, our yoga mats are environmentally friendly and guilt-free. With our yoga mats you will never have problems, because we use only the highest quality natural rubber. You can use our yoga mats confident in the knowledge that you are not harming the environment in any way. 

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!

Gita Mike

Gita Mike

Gita Mike is a long time meditator and yoga practitioner who believes there is a spiritual solution to any challenge that we are faced with. She wants to share her experience and knowledge to help others find their path towards mindfulness, peace, and fulfillment.

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