Friends of yoga, what is the first and most important item you need for yoga? Exactly. The yoga mat. Finding the right yoga mat can be quite overwhelming. Because there are countless different variations, colors and materials, which feel individually better or worse. To make it easier for you to find a yoga mat that suits you and your needs, I present 5 sustainable yoga mats. Your sustainable yoga mat guide for your home. Get inspired.
Your sustainable yoga mat guide - 5 yoga mats presented
Important! There are many yoga mats made of materials that are not sustainable and have a negative impact on our environment. Here it is not about ideology or measures, but rather about being aware of one's actions and what influence they have on nature and fellow human beings. The earth is our basis of life. If it does not exist, or if it is in a bad state, our quality of life is also affected. The yoga mats I suggest here are all made from recycled and/or sustainable materials. So you are not only doing something good for yourself, but also for Mother Earth. In addition, all mats that I recommend to you are very durable. However, your yoga mat is like a pair of jeans, it has to fit. Therefore, here is a selection of 5 different mats that combine sustainability, durability, aesthetics and comfort.
Online Beginner Course
If you want to get on your new yoga mats right away, there's an online beginner course in our video library starting today. In 12 videos you will learn everything about the basics of yoga and how to perform the individual asanas. The course is not only suitable for beginners but also for all those who always wanted to dive deeper into the alignment of asanas.
With the help of students, Sophia and Sinah explain step by step the structure of different asanas, divided into the different groups of postures: standing postures, prevention. Bending back, twist, etc. Thus, as a newcomer to yoga or deepening the basics, you will gain extensive knowledge and a well-founded practice. The videos can be stopped and repeated at any time. This allows you to access the information again and again. You don't have to understand and implement everything immediately. Repeat it until you feel comfortable in practice.
It is incredibly important, especially as a beginner, to modify postures and take breaks. This is the only way you can respond to injuries and pain in order to build a healthy, long-term supportive practice. In this, some videos are more physical than others. For example, "Balance and Core" will definitely make you sweat. Of course, if you want to be more relaxed, you'll also get your money's worth with "Prevention," for example. In this variety you can stay open, so that your body and mind are always confronted with new exciting content. Important!The asanas adapt to your body and not you to the asanas, because every body is different. Accordingly, the postures always look different.
Your sustainable yoga mat guide - Mats for Everyone
Depending on whether you sweat quickly, almost never, or somewhere between wet and dry, there is the perfect yoga mat for you. The first three mats which I will present to you, are actually suitable for all and can be used both with sweaty and dry hands.
The yoga mats of Jade combine great colors, slip resistance, good cushioning and environmental friendliness. The mats are sustainably produced with natural rubber from rubber trees, which are a rapidly renewable resource. They also do not contain any PVC, EVA or other synthetic rubber. They are made in the USA under US environmental, labor, and consumer protection laws. In addition, Jade has a partnership with Trees for the Future, planting one tree for every mat sold. To date, Jade has planted over 2 million trees worldwide.
Lotus Power - OEKO
The Oeko mat by Lotuskraft not only offers a high degree of slip resistance and is therefore super for dynamic yoga styles, such as Vinyasa Flow. It is also made from natural raw materials and without PVC. The Oeko by Lotuskraft is made of natural rubber and recyclable, biodegradable natural materials. It also meets high environmental and health standards, is free of PVC, Biophenol A (BPA) and is tested according to high pollutant standards. Lotuskraft's mission is to inspire and connect people to practice yoga together with high quality, sustainable and beautiful products. The name Lotuskraft stands for values that find harmony in all products - beauty and high-quality workmanship.
The mat by Southern Shore has not only made it its business to provide relief for sweaty hands, but above all to make a positive and sustainable contribution to our planet. The mat is made from FSC-certified eco natural rubber and recycled plastic bottles. It is CO2 neutral and manufactured in a zero-waste production. For this purpose, the highest social and ecological standards are already adhered to during production. The Southern Shore mat is made only from natural and/or recycled materials. In addition, Southern Shore is committed to Whale & Dolphin Conservation, using their sales to promote the worldwide protection of whales and dolphins. They donate 1% of total sales to WDC, the world's leading whale and dolphin conservation organization. In addition, Southern Shore regularly plans Clean Beach events, where numerous yogis and non-yogis clean the beaches around Barcelona every week.
Your sustainable yoga mat guide - Dry matter
One of my best friends sweats almost never. Even after a 15 km run is no sign of sweat to see with her. If you feel the same way and especially your hands are dry and do not tend to sweat, then the hejhej mat is perfect for you.
Hejhej Yoga Mat
The hejhej mat is the first closed loop yoga mat. They are made from resources that are already abundant on our planet. 1.5 kg of foam are in a hejhej mat, instead of natural limited materials. In addition, the mat is recyclable at the end of its life cycle and does not have to be thrown away, reducing the amount of plastic waste with every mat sold. The shipping materials are also made from 100% recycled resources. But the hejhej mat is not only a pioneer in environmental protection and sustainability. For each hejhej mat, 1 Euro goes to the social initiative Earth Child Project. In addition, all logos are sewn on in cooperation with a workshop in Munich, which supports people with limited abilities.
If you want to learn more about the hejhej mat and sustainability, listen to the Kale&Cake podcast Idealism meets Capitalism - Is Sustainable Consumption Possible? with Sophie from hejhej. An exciting and inspiring conversation in which Sophie talks honestly and transparently about what it's like to run a business that makes sustainability a priority and still makes it possible for the two founders Anna and Sophie to make a living. What is Closed Loop anyway, why should it be our future for production and how Anna and Sophie live sustainability in business and private, you can find out everything here.
5 Sustainable yoga mats presented - sweat and fun
I myself am a sweaty person. Yoga is my Armageddon. Because to all of you out there who think yoga is not a sport - yoga is hardcore exhausting! And I accordingly afterwards a wet towel that you have to wring out. For all those who feel the same way, the Cork Mat from Cassall is ideal. It offers slip resistance, is produced sustainably and has an aesthetic design that makes you want to jump on the yoga mat.
Cork mat from Cassall
The Cork yoga mat by Cassall offers you optimal grip and cushioning in your practice. It consists exclusively of natural materials, such as natural cork and natural rubber. Cassall has made it their mission to combine sustainability and design. Important for Cassall to reduce the negative footprint on our planet and to fulfill their responsibility as a producer to use sustainable and environmentally friendly materials in their products. This awareness runs through the entire life cycle of the mat, from design, to production, to recycling.
The best thing is to test the mats in a local yoga shop. If you're from Munich, the Yoga Corner on Theresienstrasse is a great place to do this.
If you now feel like trying out your new yoga mat right away:
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