TTC and yoga mats

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Not sure exactly which warning you are reffering to, I don’t remember seeing many warnings on my yoga mat but…

I read somewhere that warnings on yoga mats to “not use if pregnant” are just a gesture meant to cover the manufacturer against any risk of litigation in the case that a pregnant woman should go into labor or get injured during a yoga session and then try to sue the manufacturer of her yoga mat…

Also have heard the argument again PVC being used in yoga mats, I personally still use my regular mat (I use the UA Perfect Studio Mat) but I think there are some alternatives out there too if that is a concern. My mat never had a strong chemical smell to it and I don’t use the chemical spray at the gym to clean it either. Instead I use an essential oil mat cleaning spray.

Post # 3
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

heartsoul:  I never noticed any warnings and never heard of this so I was never concerned. I’ve done a bit more yoga during pregnancy than I did before, I’m 38 weeks along. I’m not worried because, well, I’m just not a worrier, there’s nothing I can do about it now, and I’m sure I’ve been exposed to other things that *could* be harmful or are known to be harmful, but that’s just life. I would Google “safe organic yoga mats” or something and see what you find, or just use a think blanket or something. Good luck!

Post # 4
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

heartsoul:  Hi, I am a yoga teacher and I have never heard anything about yoga mats being unsafe to use, granted I am not a prenatal yoga teacher but I literally have never heard anything about that during my training.  I am no expert and am no authority on anything bu I think you are OK unless you try to like eat the yoga mat or something

maybe just look for an organic mat- Manduka mats are biodegradeable. However If you are just doing yoga at home, you dont really need the mat. Maybe get a good sized rug and do yoga there. Or just on carpet if you have it in your house. I do yoga in the grass outside without my mat.

Edited to add: About the manduka mats- they do have a distinct smell to them, not a chemical smell- if the store has any on display ask if you can smell them or something to make sure it won’t irritate your allergies

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Boxerlover24.
Post # 5
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I would head to one of your local yoga studios. Most studios I’ve been to sell eco-friendly mats, as well as all-natural mat cleaner.

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