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I have been a fan of yoga for over a decade. Which now I’m writing that, makes me feel extremely old. In that time, I’ve seen a huge spike in its popularity and so many more people are seeing the benefits of yoga. For me, yoga is something that is a happy release, physically and mentally. I turn to yoga when I’m sore from a hard workout. However, I also use yoga after stressful days or when I’m feeling upset. I could literally talk about the benefits all day, but that isn’t what this post is about.
Regular Yoga Mat
I have had my regular yoga mat way before I even took an interest in yoga. I’d actually bought it for when I was doing abs and lower body workouts. It was a basic one from the local supermarket and probably the cheapest one they had too. I certainly didn’t check what it was made of or how it was produced.
In the time I’ve had it, I’ve used it so many times but never once thought if it was meeting my needs. In addition to this, it has definitely seen better days. It actually has teeth marks down one side where my old pet rabbit took a fancy to it. As much as I knew it needed replacing, I also didn’t want it to go to landfill when it still had some life left in it.
Did you know…
Regular yoga mats are often made from PVC. Essentially, they are plastic and as a result, are just sitting in landfill sites all over the world. We have all seen photos of plastic products being discarded, now littering and choking our precious planet.
Incredibly, some city yoga centres dispose of used yoga mats every three months. When you think of how many that is a time, its scary.
How can we change this?
Whilst we can’t erase what has already been done, we can make changes for now and the future. I’d like to introduce you to Yoga Bliss. They are a family-run business who strive to provide customers with the best yoga products available. Yoga Bliss source all of their products from companies with the same ethically considerate ethos that they believe in.
Yoga Bliss introduced their first ecoYoga Jute mat back in 2003. It is made from plant-based ingredients, 100% natural rubber compound and specifically selected jute weave. The ecoYoga mat is an entirely natural “sticky” mat which allows you to practice yoga, without the mat slipping across the floor.
I have been testing out the ecoYoga mat, which was very kindly sent to me, for the last few weeks. I wanted to really put it through its paces before I wrote this post. As a sidenote, I created this Reel recently, showing just how I’ve been using the mat. I’d love for you to check it out because I really put my all into creating it, so any feedback would be greatly received.
I received a lovely purple ecoYoga mat through the post. It was packaged sustainably yet safely and was really quick delivery. When opening the mat, I noticed that each side was completely different. Its designed to go woven side up, allowing for good grip. I can definitely say that this is the case. I’ve been mainly testing it out in my kitchen and can confirm that it has excellent grip. I have also used it on my stone floor outside and have not felt it is lacking support in anyway. I couldn’t feel the floor underneath and felt fully cushioned whilst doing the yoga movements I wanted to do.
Overall, I am so impressed with the ecoYoga mat. It is such great value for money and I know I’ll be using it for many years to come. I also feel safe in the knowledge that it is biodegradable and that it is a sustainable yoga mat option. Each mat arrives with a care note, giving you all of the information you need to give your ecoYoga mat a long life. Will you be purchasing an sustainable yoga mat?