Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2013 - Beach
Just out of curiosity, has anyone else noticed the warning on most yoga mats? I’ve been wanting to start doing some yoga at home but my husband and I are TTC and I don’t want to expose myself to anything dangerous. I also have horrible allergies to almost everything and don’t want to smell chemicals while doing yoga. Any advice on a good yoga mat? Has anyone else been concerned about this?
Post # 2
- 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
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
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
Post # 5
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.