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!
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