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.
The warmer weather is slowly creeping in, and on those sunny days there is nothing better than a cold bowl of Acai full of fresh fruit! Our favourite natural health food brand, Morlife has just released a superfood Acai Bowl Powder mix, and it couldn't be a better base to this fresh summer recipe. Aside from just Acai, Morlifes Acai Bowl Powder is full of superfoods including Chia Seeds, Hemp protein, and Inulin. Free from refined sugar, it's easy to DIY a delicious Acai bowl at home.
Having recently released our new Bamboo range, which features an Acai inspired colour, we thought we would give you our favourite Acai bowl recipe. Paired with our favourite Acai coloured bamboo Tie up Top!
Where does the word Essence fit into this collection?
This collection is all about capturing the essence of Yoga, on and off the mat. It will not only make you feel empowered but embodies the spirit of Yoga through a sensory experience of soft fabrics and supportive equipment that will carry you throughout your practice. A combination of beautiful prints carefully designed by Australian artists, and created by Yogis, this collection is not only about how you look, but how it makes you feel. Full of love and passion, this range captures the true essence of a Yogi.
What is personally your favourite print?
As much as every print holds a piece of my heart, I find myself gravitating towards the soft pastel colours of our new Asana Earth Legging.
What makes these leggings such a perfect fit for yoga specifically?
We are lucking enough to have a full team of Yogis here at YPC, so everyone contributed an aspect to a pair of leggings that would help enhance their practice. The invisible draw string within the waistline is there to make sure your leggings never move throughout your practice, the high waistline is a great support detail, and is extremely flattering. Soft on your skin, these leggings feel as if they are apart of you, empowering and something you'll never have to think of during your practice.
Where did you get your inspiration from?
I have always wanted Yogi Peace Club to be recognisable by beautiful prints and colours that can empower almost anyone. Being a Yoga Instructor myself, Yoga to me has always been a sensory experience, not always about how you look in a pose but how that pose makes you feel in your body, and in your mind. I wanted to intertwine that value into this collection, to make sure not only do these leggings look amazing, but they make you feel amazing.
What about this collection is different to anything else you've designed here at Yogi Peace Club?
We have had an amazing array of printed leggings, coloured leggings and eco bamboo leggings. Each and every one embodying the values of Yogi Peace Club. But I truly feeling that this collection has reached a whole new level, the prints are bohemian, ocean inspired each one made for a different type of Yogi. The fit is created to enhance your practice and feels incredible on your skin. You'll never want to take them off!
How do you start your day off? Mornings are a great way to set a tone for the rest of your day, and there are plenty of ways to start your day off positively. As yogis it's important to begin mornings with a healthy, energising breakfast and a quick practice.
We absolutely love a Vegan protein shake packed full of goodness for breakfast. But protein powder is a difficult product to buy, because there are so many brands that don't give you the proper nutrients you expect to receive.
After sifting through the brands, we have found our absolute favourite,The Plantiful Protein powder from Morlife! Deriving it's protein from certified organic brown rice protein and pumpkin seed protein, this delicious mix is both vegan and gluten free. There are so many ways to incorporate this powder into your diet, so we thought we would walk you through our favourite morning recipe.
Loosely break up your Banana and Kale leaves and place them in your blender with half a cup of water, and top with one scoop of Morlife Plantiful protein powder.
Add a dash of Almond Milk, we recommend reaching for unsweetened brands, as some can have quite a bit of hidden sweeteners in them!
Add a spoonful of Morlife's Alkalising Green Powder, we love the Acai Raspberry flavour!
Option to add a few cubes of ice to keep it nice and refreshing!
After breakfast we love to create time for a quick Yoga Practice, whether that is 5 minutes of Meditation or a few rounds of Surya Namaskar A to get our body and mind balanced for our day. If you haven't got a lot of time on your hands in the morning, click here to see our 5 Basic Tips for Meditation.
If you would like to incorporate a little Asana after breakfast, doing a few rounds of Surya Namaskar A, is a great way to warm the body. If you would like to add a few more dynamic postures to your Sun Salutations, here are 5 poses and they're benefits on our bodies.
1. Chair Pose - An amazing way to build fire and heat in the body! Perfect to add in from Tadasana in your Sun Salutation sequence.
2. Boat Pose - Perfect to awaken and strengthen those core muscles. Add in after a few rounds of your Sun A's, with a transition from High to Low Boat Pose to really feel the engagement.
3. Closed Twist - Helps with the movement of your digestive system! Twist towards the left first, and make sure to keep length through your spine. Deepen the twist by using the engagement of your core muscles!
4. Bridge Pose - Increases energy levels in the body! Engage your glutes and press the soles of the feet into the earth to lengthen your heart to your chin.
5. Viparita Karani - Leaves you feeling calmer, clearer and revitalised. Also can be done with the support of a wall, and typically held for 20 breaths.
Life can get in the way sometimes, and we can often be overwhelmed with the lack of time in the mornings. The most important thing we can do to feel clear, energised and healthy, is have a nutritious breakfast, which is why we love our Morlife products so much. Packed with everything we need to start our day!