Exercise: yoga mats
Disclaimer… I know my pic in the right is not the correct form. My daughter made sure she informed me ?. But I took these super fast after class today and couldn’t go back to fix ).
If you are just beginning your health journey, please do not worry about what’s in your yoga mat. Just be proud that you own a yoga mat. And continue working on switching your basics like oil, ketchup, more vegetables, etc.
But if you’re further along your health journey, this may be something you want to consider. With gyms opening back up, I’ve decided I want to buy my own yoga mat and bring it with me to class. I don’t love the idea of touching yoga mats used by others right now. So I searched for what yoga mat to buy. This is what I’ve found.
Yoga mats can be made from a variety of materials but one ingredient to avoid is PVC (polyvinyl chloride). One of the ways PVC can enter the body is through skin contact and that definitely happens during yoga (or any exercise class!)
The main problem with PVC is that in order to make it soft and flexible, plasticizers like phthalates are used. Phthalates are known as endocrine disrupters and those are linked to developmental, reproductive, brain and immune problems. (1,2)
When looking for a better yoga mat, look for one that is free of:
.??Better yoga mats can be made from natural, sustainable materials like cotton, cork or natural rubber. Another benefit of these type of mats is that some can also be recycled which is amazing! Standard yoga mats often end up in landfills and do not break down well and can release toxic fumes if burned.
2 mats I found that I like are from Manduka and Yogasana. Both are eco friendly, biodegradable, use sustainable products, and are non toxic. I know there are other good yoga mat companies out there! And the pic of the @suds2go is because I’ve loved having that in my car to wash my hands with after class is over.
What is your favorite non toxic yoga mat?
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