Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Safe Yoga Mat

This month I've been focusing on getting enough rest and taking care of myself.  (I'm not sure its really happened, I've been up with sick coughing kids quite a bit.  Oh well, all I can do is try, right?)  One way to promote rest and well being is to exercise during the day.  I'm so not an exercise person.  I've never been to a gym in my life.  I can handle yoga though.  I have a couple of yoga DVDs that I used when I was pregnant with Esther.  I really enjoy the feeling of stretching my body and releasing tension that yoga provides.

I don't think I have watched a yoga DVD since Esther was born.  Lets just blame it on my toxic yoga mat, okay?  Toxic yoga mat?  Yeah, just sniff one and you'll be able to smell the toxins.  Or don't.  I'm not sure exactly what they are made of, but it can't be good.  Many are PVC based, and have all kinds of junk added to them to keep them flexible.  Having your face right next to all that (while breathing deep yoga breaths!) is not a good idea.

After doing some searching for a safe option, I am very impressed with thinksport yoga mats.  While some companies just avoid the hot buttons like "BPA" or "PVC", thinksport really puts some effort into choosing the materials they work with.  You can see their chemical policy here.  Thinksport yoga mats are free of PVC, BPA, lead, phthalates, dioxins, and biologically toxic chemicals.

Thinksport agreed to send us a yoga mat to try out and I'm impressed!  The mat is a really nice size.  Lucy and Julia can both practice yoga at the same time.  (They love to do Sing Song Yoga.)  Of course whenever I try to do yoga I have Esther pulling my ponytail, Julia crawling underneath me like I'm a bridge, and Lucy trying to fit on the mat with me as well.  Having a bigger mat for all of this definitely helps.

We've tried out our new mat a few times now and really enjoy using it.  I love that I don't have to worry about toxic chemicals when I pull it out.  The mat is nice and thick, and comes in fun colors.  Now that we're all over our colds I'm looking forward to practicing yoga a bit more regularly.  No more excuses here!

Thinksport gets two thumbs up from us!

I received this product for review.  No other compensation was received and the opinions are my own.


  1. Thanks! I've been looking for a good mat for my Wii Fit. I lOVE the Yoga part on it :)

  2. From what age would you recommend Sing Song Yoga? My little girl is 9mos now, but, we live abroad, so I'm wondering if I should pick up a dvd this summer when we're home, or if I can easily wait until the next summer...

  3. Hm... Esther is 13 months and doesn't really pay attention to the DVD. I'm trying to think ahead for you.... age 2 would probably be a good time to start. Although I like to use birthdays or Christmas as excuses to buy fun things like this that are on my wish list, so I say whenever you have a good excuse go ahead and buy it. ;)