Chemical-free yoga mat?
For those of you who buy your own, what brand do you buy? If I do a simple search on amazon, it costs $50, and I'm not willing to shell out that much money toward something that I don't do too regularly. All the cheaper ones I've found in stores come with a horrible chemical smell and a hazard warning label.
There are a couple of eco mats on the market, most of them are going to cost between $50-100.
The eco yoga mat from the UK is about $80 and is made of jute and natural rubber; the manduka mat (which runs between $70-90) eko designs are natural rubber with a biodegradable polymer; and there are several others on the market.
there's a new australian one that I'm looking for now (love yoga mat, maybe?).
Reall,y though, I practice without one. I have for years. I didn't have one until I started going to a studio, and often I would use the rentals anyway. At the end of the day, it's mostly there to demarcate your space, rather than being anything that you need specifically.
I prefer to practice straight on the floor (hardwood being my preference), but. . . yeah.
Originally Posted by zoebird
That's about it.
How do you do yoga on hardwood? It's so slippery for me!
it is mostly in how you place your hands/feet and how you press into certain points that "lock you" into place. When I started practicing in a studio, it was an iyengar studio, and we didn't have mats. It was hardwood floors! So, you learn.
So. . . you can learn.
Okay! Thanks for your input
I tried to do a simple series of yoga stretches this morning on my hardwood floor, and it went pretty well, for the most part. Something to get used to, I guess.