International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st of June to promote good health, peace and harmony. It is also the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere, so a lot more time to do yoga that day! Did you know that this was suggested by our PM Narendra Modi in his UN address?
For the quintessential yoga lover, we have curated a list of some unique and mindful essentials on the occasion of International Yoga Day.
But first, lets quickly understand how yoga accessories can be affecting your health.
Chemicals In Your Yoga Mat
Ever wondered what your yoga mat is made of? PVC or polyvinyl chloride is a popular material for yoga mats because it's cheap and effective. It is treated with phthalates, lead and cadmium. All three are known to pose health risks like hormonal imbalances and are harmful to brain development and even cancer. There is no dearth of safer alternatives like cork, cotton, bamboo and even natural rubber. If your mat is wearing off, make a safer choice for your next purchase. Here are some we suggest.
You would pay on an average around Rs 500 for a PVC yoga mat. But have you noticed how within months it starts withering? Tiny shreds start flaking from the mat, forcing you to buy a new one. Spending on a good quality mat hence makes sense in the long term. This mat is not just free from harmful chemicals, looks stunning (completely Instagram friendly), but also kind to the planet!
100% Cotton weave provides excellent grip
Rubber Base makes it ANTI-SKID and ANTI-JERK avoiding injuries
Washable with 100% Colour Fastness and anti-skid layer won't wash away
This 6 feet long yoga mat is made using naturalAnti-bacterial Rubberized Cork Material
The anti-slip formula provides comfort and cushioning while practising yoga.
Cork - One of the most eco-friendly resource
Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, which means the tree keeps on living and helping to clean our air. Cork oak trees are able to absorb 3-5 times more carbon dioxide than most trees, contribute to soil fertility, and provide a rich environment in which the local eco-system is able to thrive.
Unlike polyester, bamboo fabric is breathable, does not cause skin irritation and is biodegradable.
Bamboo reduces CO2 and generates up to 35% of much-needed oxygen than trees. The fabrics are incredibly soft, much like cashmere. These fibres are naturally antibacterial, antifungal and odour resistant. It also provides protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
This meditation mat is finished with anti-bacterial and skin-conditioning ingredients. The surface grip is balanced, with ribs and a unique weave pattern. A mild coat of virgin rubber latex at the bottom imparts anti-slip properties to the mat, especially on smooth surfaces. The meditation mats are washable and pre-shrunk.
This yoga mat bag is expertly crafted in Jaipur from an exotic assortment of quality fabrics, including traditional Indian patterns and solid colours. Carry this designer yoga handbag with cotton fabric fruit printed Kantha work design. Carry your yoga mat in style.
Yoga blocks are props that help you with yoga without exertion but gain the effects of the practice. Very helpful for beginners and for patients with an injury. This yoga block is made of non-toxic EVA/cork material.
The perfect, yoga companion. As per Ayurveda, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas (vata, kapha and pitta) here is the collection of copper bottles leak proof and easy to carry to your yoga class.
Copper is also one of the metals that are 100% recyclable. Unlike plastic, it has a value at the end of its usage cycle and is recovered to be recycled.