If you are interested in practicing yoga but you are concerned about the materials used for equipment such as yoga mats, not to worry, a cork yoga mat is the answer to your problems. Here are some of the main benefits a cork yoga mat can bring to your yoga exercise!
A more sustainable way to practice yoga
How is cork a sustainable material?
Cork is resilient, water-resistant and anti-static, it resists dust, insects and water. You will never have to worry about your cork yoga mat going out of shape. Because upon impact, all energy is absorbed, and it regains its structure immediately.
Our cork yoga mat is biodegradable
When you decide that you want to get rid of your yoga mat, there is no need to worry about it doing damage to the environment. Cork is biodegradable and can be recycled to make other products made from cork.
Cork is a renewable resource
Our cork is hand harvested every nine to twelve years which means our trees are not cut down to make cork.
It becomes a more resilient and durable yoga mat
When you find the mat that you like, you want to keep it for as long as you can. The good news is that Cork is a naturally durable material, which means that it’s ready to join you and your yoga sessions for years to come. Even after it starts to look a bit tacky, you can bring it back to life by sanding it down.
How can a cork yoga mat be healthier and improve your practice?
A cork yoga mat has no toxins or chemicals
The majority of the materials used to make yoga mats are full of harmful chemicals. When you think about it, it kind of defeats the purpose of practicing yoga in the first place. You take yoga classes to improve your fitness and get healthy; however, when your yoga mat is made from dangerous chemicals that you are breathing in during your workout, what’s the point? Cork doesn’t contain any of the toxins or chemicals that are present in materials such as PVC or TPE.
Have a mat that is great for cushioning
Cork is made up of a cellular structure containing millions of cells that hold tiny air bubbles. Combined with the open cell structure, this provides a fantastic cushioning for your hands and feet that isn’t only comfortable, but its also nice and soft.
It is an antimicrobial raw material
Cork is resistant against bacteria, which means you don’t have to worry about your yoga mat picking up any infections when you take it to classes with you. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash it and keep it clean, but it does mean that you are less likely to catch some random illness because you left your yoga mat in the wrong place.
A cork yoga mat has the best grip…
The last thing you want is to be slipping around all over the place during yoga practice. You won’t have this problem with a cork yoga mat, you are going to sweat during your yoga session and this can often be a problem with other yoga mats because your hands start to slip when you are trying to grip the mat. However, with cork, as you sweat, the grip on the cork increases, helping you push yourself further during a workout. This is because they contain Suberin, which is a natural wax with an open cell structure which provides a superior grip that improves with moisture and sweat. Sweat enhances the grip and intensifies traction, the open cells absorb excess sweat which stops it from pooling on the mat. So, with a cork yoga mat, you can say goodbye to the mushed-up towel!
… And it stays flat!
One of the most annoying things about yoga mats is that they bunch up when you are working out. You won’t have this problem with a yoga mat made out of cork because the rubber base that its made out of makes it stick flat on the floor.