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    Why PVC Yoga Mats are so harmful!

    Why PVC Yoga Mats are so harmful!

    All of our products are proudly 100% PVC free! But not many people understand just what that means for the environment, and for you.

    Many cheap Yoga mats are made of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or vinyl. It is one of the most environmentally hazardous consumer materials ever produced.

    Not only is PVC catastrophic to the environment, but it is extremely dangerous to human health throughout its entire life cycle of production, use, and disposal. Mainly because roughly 30% of the worlds supply of chlorine is used in the making of it. Simply, PVC is the single worst plastic according to several health organisations. Greenpeace has been lobbying to stop the use of PVC because of the dioxin produced during its manufacture. It is toxic for humans, the environment and unfortunately many yoga mats are 100% PVC. 

    You would think PVC in itself would be the worst thing about cheaply made Yoga mats, but unfortunately that is just one aspect. PVC in its full form, is a hard plastic, so to soften this plastic and create flexibility in the Yoga Mat, chemicals like phthalates are added to the PVC.

    Phthalates are linked to reproductive issues, including shorter pregnancy duration and premature breast development in girls. Over time these phthalates leach out, especially in warmer temperatures, like in hot Yoga studios. Phthalate particles then cling to dust, which can be inhaled.

    PVC can't be recycled due to the toxins embedded within it, and when it's incinerated or buried in landfills it releases dioxin, a known carcinogen. There is no safe way to create, use or destroy these mats.

    PVC became the plastic of choice because it's cheap, but when your putting a number on the effects it has on the environment and the harm it has on our health, a PVC FREE Yoga mat is priceless. So when your shopping for your next Yoga mat, ask yourself, what is this mat made of?

    All Yogi Peace Club Yoga mats are 100% PVC FREE, made from natural tree rubber. With No phthalates or toxic chemicals. No Latex or Silicon or heavy metals such lead. 

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    Brinkley Davies Yogi Peace Club Eco


    Brinkley Davies yogi peace club

    Brinkley Davies yogi peace club

    Brinkley Davies yogi peace club

    Brinkley Davies grew up surrounded by the water. At a young age she decided to be part of the ocean conservation movement. By using the social media platform she has been able to raise awareness and spread the word on many issues worldwide that are being battled by conservationists and scientists, in order to save the oceans, the planet, and thousands of species.

    Brinkley Davies yogi peace club

    Brinkley Davies yogi peace club

    Brinkley is a Marine Biologist, surfer and freediver. The ocean is her sanctuary. It is where she finds freedom, and where she continues to learn about it, and protect it. Her mantra is "Conservation begins with awareness, awareness influences action, and with action we can make changes happen."

    Today I caught up with the gorgeous Brinkley Davies. 

    Three words that describe you: Open-minded, Compassionate , Driven. 

    What are you inspired by: The Ocean, animals and people who never give up on their goals.

    When did your passion for ocean conservation start: I was 4 and learnt to surf. 

    The one thing that makes you happy: Being near the sea

    The best thing about your job is: Seeing new places, being around wildlife all the time, and learning new things everyday. 

    If you had a tip for someone setting out on a career in your profession it would be: Choose the path you want to take and chase it until you make it.

    Whats your highest qualification: BsC Marine Biology + Coxswains + PADI Dive Master 

    What are you driven and motivated by: the memories and experiences I already have in my career so far, the ability to learn and experience so much more. 

    What do other people would describe you as: a go getter, energetic, will often choose animals over people haha. 

    What do you consider the greatest challenge facing the ocean: ocean acidification 

    Whats your most significant environmental achievement: contributing to toothed whale research off Kona Hawaii, or volunteering with Ecocean Whale Shark conservation in Exmouth. 

    If you were an animal what would you be: an Orca

    Whats your favourite yoga pose: Standing Bow Pulling Pose 

    Why do you love yoga: Yoga calms my mind and my body at the same time. 

    Brinkley Davies yogi peace club

    Brinkley Davies yogi peace club


    Images Courtesy of Brinkley Davies 

    Wearing the latest Ultra High Yoga Pants and Yoga Top from Yogi Peace Club



    The benefits of Yoga have been recognized in India for thousands of years, however it is only now that western medicine is beginning to do the clinical research needed to scientifically document its benefits.

    Timothy Mc Call, M.D. cites "Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve healthheal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay."

    Swami Vivekananda first introduced yoga to the United States in 1893, however it wasn't until the 1950's and 60s that Yoga became more well known when Pop culture icons, such as Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles introduced it to their fans.  Fast track to 2016, what was once associated with a alternative hippie culture has now become a part of mainstream life and health and wellness movement. 




    yoga the beatles

    In 2013 Tim Mc Call M.D collated scientific studies from India as well as the West to identify and explain how yoga can both prevent disease and help you recover from it. These are some of the benefits that were found from practicing yoga regularly:


    - Lowers stress

    - Improves the immune system

    - Tones the body, builds strength and flexibility

    - Balances the endocrine system

    - Creates a general state of wellbeing

    - Regulates your adrenal glands

    - Assists in weight control

    - Increases energy.  

    Yoga Asanas can be part of your everyday. Waking each morning with 10 minutes of yoga which could be as simple as, breathing while is a comfortable seated position, then moving into sun salutes and a few rounds of the warrior poses.

    If you cant get to a yoga class, home practice can be just as beneficial. I love Yoga Glo which is a paid subscription to some of the worlds most well respected yoga teachers. There are classes for all levels of yoga. But makes it so easy is that you can practice in your own home.

    Feeling the benefits of Yoga are almost instantaneous, as soon as you step on your yoga mat there is a feeling of being grounded and connected to the mind and body. 

    All in all, Life ifs better with yoga.





    Timothy McCall, M.D.  |  Study of the benefits of Yoga 

    75 Health Conditions Benefited by Yoga, as Demonstrated in Scientific Studies

    Photos | Via Pinterest

    YPC Photoshoot | Tash Craven