Welcome to my "Eco Yogi" page where all my absolute favourite "Eco Yoga" must haves are shared! An "essentials" list for those who'd like to make their yoga practice as low impact as possible.
Although "no mat" is best, for the regular yoga practitioner (and well most of us actually), a yoga mat is one of the essentials for the practice.
First choice- Rubber (Jade is my favourite)
Second choice- Jute
Third choice- Manduka eKo mat
Cork is my favourite, but bamboo rocks too.
Previously loved :)
Bamboo- not just any will do. Check out this post for details.
Made in Canada or the USA
Non-heated yoga. Despite Moksha's excellent efforts in off-setting their carbon footprint, the reality is that they use a lot of energy in heating and water (washing and showers). Use your own body to create heat naturally.
See if they have eco friendly building supplies (paint, flooring etc) and recycle and compost. Ask for reusable mugs and washable towels instead of disposable paper cups, paper towels and bottled water.
CLEANING and CARE:
Yoga Mat- Water and vinegar. That's honestly all you need. (avoid sun w rubber mat)
Clothing: cold water, hang to dry with eco laundry detergent.
GETTING TO CLASS:
Walk, public transit or ride your bike :)