The Toronto Yoga Conference and Show returns March 31 to April 3, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and ecoYoga Canada will be introducing The Original ecoYoga Mat at the show. (We’re giving away an ecoYoga Mat…see giveaway details below.)
Most people practice yoga for improved health benefits so it’s important that the yoga accessories they use support this goal. Many yoga mats contain PVC (polyvinyl chloride) that can be harmful to the respiratory system, liver and central nervous system. In addition, most yoga mats contain phthalates to prevent them from slipping. These chemicals, which can cause cancer, can leach out of the yoga mat during use.
The Original ecoYoga Mat is made in the U.K. and is PVC free, TPR free and PER free. Features of this eco-friendly yoga mat include:
- 100% natural, made from sustainably grown and harvested plant-based materials including specifically-formulated rubber and 100% natural jute
- Durability (should last 2-10 years depending on use and care of mat)
- Machine washable
- Biodegradable (can be composted)
If you’re wondering what jute is, it is also known as burlap or hessian, a sustainable plant grown in India. Jute has antimicrobial properties for particularly sweaty yoga classes.
I was very interested to learn why The Original ecoYoga Mat, which retails for $89.50/$96.50 in Canada, is produced in the U.K. as opposed to China or Taiwan, which would result in a more affordable mat. The company advises that there are no Fair Trade standards in the jute industries in China and Taiwan. The jute supplied for The Original ecoYoga Mat is supplied by a Scottish company with long-time ties with the jute producers in India.
The Original ecoYoga Mat comes in five colours including Natural, Deep Lavender, Lichen Green, Coral Red and Ash Grey and is available in two sizes: 72″ ($89.50) and 84″ ($96.50). I received a complimentary ecoYoga Mat in Coral Red to complete this review.
The first thing I noticed when I removed The Original ecoYoga Mat from the wrapping was that there was no rubber smell. The next thing I noticed was the gorgeous colour of the Coral Red yoga mat and the beautiful weave. I also liked that the 72″ mat was longer than comparable yoga mats, which is great for the Warrior poses or Downward Facing Dog where you are stretched out along the mat.
I placed The Original ecoYoga Mat on my hardwood floor and practiced several yoga poses including standing and sitting poses using the yoga mat. The ecoYoga Mat had great traction and did not slip on my floor. [ECOYOGA Canada does advise that if your ecoYoga Mat gets dusty, it will lose its grip so it’s important to either machine wash the mat and hang to dry or clean the mat in a shower and roll the mat within a towel to remove excess water.] The thickness of The Original ecoYoga Mat is 4 mm, which gives you enough cushioning without losing connection with the ground.
I’m impressed with The Original ecoYoga Mat for several reasons: it contains no PVC; it comes in gorgeous colours; the length of the mat ensures you will have enough space for your yoga practice; and ecoYoga mat is not made in countries that have no Fair Trade standards for their jute industries.
You can purchase The Original ecoYoga Mat at the Toronto Yoga Conference and Show (visit ecoYoga Canada at Booth #1210) or at ecoYoga Canada.
Enter Our Giveaway to Win The Original ecoYoga Mat, $89.50. Open to Canadian residents, 19+.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary The Original ecoYoga Mat in order to complete my review.
This contest appears on ContestCanada.net