There is a deep connection between yoga and nature. When you are present, you notice your breath, the chirping of birds, the rumble of a storm moving in. Yoga helps us to feel more connected and at peace with the world around us.
And it is important to keep Mother Earth in mind when practicing yoga, in order to feel grounded from beneath our feet, as we create energy and vibrations from the roots all the way up to our crown. Just like a tree grows from the roots up.
In Yoga, the first five guidelines are referred to as the Yamas (a Sanskrit word that translates to “restraints”) and one of the five restraints is non-violence (ahimsa in Sanskrit) towards ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Did you know that you can honor Mother Earth and bring nature into your yoga routine with eco-friendly yoga accessories? Just by making the simple adjustment to using sustainable yoga equipment, you are more connected to nature, and you reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
YogaHaus London products are sustainably made from cork by carefully stripping the bark of an oak tree. They are created for practicing yoga in your home -- that’s where the ‘Haus’ in YogaHaus comes from -- so when we are unable to be in nature, we are still able to feel beneath our feet, keeping us grounded and connected with nature.
The cork yoga mat is the ideal companion to carry around with you to practice Yoga with anywhere. So, If you have the opportunity to practice yoga outside -- whether in a park or small strip of grass outside your home, your eco-friendly yoga accessories are up to the task.
The Benefits of Cork Yoga Accessories
Cork is Eco-Friendly and Biodegradable
The cork used in yoga mats and yoga blocks comes from the Cork Oak Tree’s outer layer of bark. Harvesting cork is not the same as peeling bark from another tree. The Cork Oak Tree regenerates its bark, making cork a renewable resource.
When your cork yoga mat eventually wears out, you don’t have to worry about it taking up space in the landfill. Natural cork products are biodegradable.
Cork is Antimicrobial and Odor Resistant
More good news -- cork has antimicrobial properties. This means your cork yoga mat will naturally kill germs and bacteria. Those same antimicrobial properties also make your cork yoga mat odor resistant. While you will still want to clean it periodically, you don’t have to clean it as often as you would a synthetic-fibre yoga mat. You may want to check out our care and storage tips for more information.
Cork Provides Superior Performance
And you don’t sacrifice performance by going with cork yoga accessories. Cork is extremely durable, providing you a good grip, wet or dry. This is both the mat and the blocks. Our cork yoga mat is wider and longer than your average yoga mat, with a firm thickness, making it suitable for every one and every body. This also allows you to practice yoga outside on uneven surfaces. The natural rubber backing prevents the mat from slipping on smooth wood or tile floors.
Cork yoga accessories allow you to enjoy all the benefits of yoga while helping, rather than hurting the planet. It’s a win-win!
Eco-Friendly Yoga Accessories Fit in with Your Lifestyle
If you’ve developed a healthy, organic lifestyle, cork yoga accessories fit right in. With so many products available containing leather, chemicals, petroleum products, and plastic, it’s nice to find yoga equipment made from an all-natural, renewable resource.
Whether you’re new to yoga, or it’s time to replace your yoga mat, you can choose to live sustainably. At YogaHaus London, we make it easy with our Cork Collection. Embrace the luxury of eco-conscious living with our renewable products. You’ll be close to nature every time you practice yoga!
Layla’s Closing Thoughts
It’s been a month since the last blog and newsletter and it’s surreal to see what’s further been happening around the world since then, as we approach the midway mark of the year with International Yoga Day on Sunday 21st June 2020!
The word Yoga in Sanskrit means union.
Equality and empowerment is something I strongly stand for, with the hope we are able to unite humanity.
This year's theme is 'Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family'. Thank you all for being on this journey with me and being a part of my YogaHaus family.