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    How to start Yoga

    How to start Yoga

    I remember walking into my very first Yoga class at my local gym, I was both intrigued and slightly intimidated by the idea of Yoga, because I had heard so many different opinions about what it actually was. I had heard that it included a lot of chanting and meditation, and for someone that was completely ignorant and inexperienced in both of those practices, it definitely shied me away from taking it up sooner. I had also been told that it was mostly stretching and not at all an intense work out, which in my early years is all I craved. All in all, what I had heard about Yoga made me definitively decide it was not really 'my thing'. Until one day, I was lured by one of my close friends to a class at the gym we'd both been going to, and without coming across too dramatic, it was the complete opposite of everything I had assumed, and it changed my life!
    Now your reasons for hesitancy in starting your Yoga journey may be completely different to what mine were. You may have only seen the long limbed, beautifully flexible, Instagram girls posting photos of themselves effortlessly in a difficult shape, and for all accounts that can be intimidating. But if I can touch on one very small part of Yoga as a practice, it's that it is inclusive, beneficial and something that could bring nothing but positivity into your life. So no matter who you are, or what your thoughts on Yoga are, here are a few steps to begin your Yoga journey.

     

    1. Find a local studio near you that offers a Foundation class or beginners course

    If I can offer one piece of advice as a Yoga Teacher, it is how beneficial it is to start from the basics. You could be very strong and flexible, but learning the foundation of each pose is incredibly important in building a safe and supportive practice. Because believe it or not, you can do some serious long term damage if your alignment isn't protecting your body. 

    2. Detach yourself from your Ego

    This was by far one of the hardest thing I personally faced when beginning my practice. I grew up doing competitive sports, so everything was a competition! I found myself mentally competing not only with myself in classes, but with the people around me, and that is how injuries happen. I would push myself well beyond my limits just to 'prove myself', and let me tell you, as soon as you learn to let go of that monkey on your back not only will your mind thank you, but you will be able to dive so much deeper into your practice as a whole. All it is is learning to listen to your body, if you are tired or think that a pose is too deep for your body, come out and move down into a resting pose. This is has to be one of the most important things about Yoga, and also one of the hardest thing for us to do.
      

    3. Get supportive equipment

    If after a few classes you find Yoga is definitely something you can see yourself pursuing, then one of the best decisions you can make is investing in a Yoga mat that bests suits you. Using a well-loved, sweaty Yoga mat from your local studio is great to begin with, but a Yoga mat that is yours will deepen and change your practice! If I could recommend any Yoga mat for anyone at the beginning for their Yoga journey it would be our Ultimate Yoga Mats. They are non-slip, super grip technology, perfect to stabilise you and prevent any injuries. There is no harmful PVC chemicals, and it will be a mat to last you a lifetime! 

     

    Good luck Yogis on beginning your Yoga practice, I hope these steps provide some guidance at the start of your journey. We are always here to answer any questions you have about Yoga or any of our products, so email us at info@yogipeaceclub.com or click here to shop one of our Yoga mats.

     

    12 Days of Xmas Yoga

    12 Days of Xmas Yoga

    Tis' the season to enjoy the company of the ones that you love, and considering Yogi Peace Club wouldn't exist without you beautiful Yogis we thought what better way to celebrate the season then all moving through a few festive inspired poses.

    We have been doing 12 Days of Xmas Yoga for the past 4 years and have loved seeing the involvement of our Yogi community, so this year we decided to give a little more back to you. We gave out daily deals targeting some of your favourite products and a opportunity to win a $200 gift voucher to our online store.

    For those of you who haven't been familiar with our 12 Days of Xmas Yoga Competition, we have fitted alike poses alongside the lyrics of one of our favourite holiday carols, '12 Days of Christmas'. We could not have been prouder to see all of your beautiful photos and variations, feeling as if it was an opportunity for us to connect our practices. We have are announced our randomly chosen winner, @sunshineflowerr

    Natasha's dedication to moving through every pose was so inspirational and we could not thank you enough for all of your amazing participation. Sending some beautiful Yogi love to all of our Yogi Peace Club this holiday season, wishing you all a safe and happy break!

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    Click here to shop our amazing range of Yoga Clothing and Yoga Accessories! We would love to hear some feedback from you about our 12 Days of Xmas Yoga Competition, and whether you would like us to do anymore interactive comps and what you would like to see at Yogi Peace Club this coming New Year!

     

    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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    WE LOVE PRINTS

    WE LOVE PRINTS

    Designing Yoga mats is my passion. It is my favourite part of Yogi Peace Club.

    As well as running YPC I am a yoga teacher too. I love putting energy into the yoga mat print designs, and then seeing a student walk into class with their beloved mat. One student once explained that when they are not practicing on their own Yoga mat "they feel like they are sleeping in someone else's bed".

    Your yoga mat becomes part of you. You put energy into your yoga mat every time you are on it. There is a part of you invested into your mat when you are practicing on it. Your blood, sweat and tears.

    Each YPC print is designed to reflect certain persons personality. Some prints are more calming and soothing while other are bright, vibrant and energizing. When people are purchasing their first yoga mat I ask them to stand on each mat and feel what print feels right for them and their practice. They know straight away.

    Here are some photos and some of the inspiration behind the Spring 16 Collection online now.

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    Inspiration photos | Via Pinterest

    Photoshoot for YPC | Shot by Tash Craven