Taking up yoga? Today's students have a plethora of mats to choose from. Current yoga mats fall into one of three categories: Plastic, eco-friendly and yoga towels. Ultra-lightweight yoga mats also exist for individuals who frequently travel.
Plastic yoga mats, the most common offerings, are the most inexpensive. However, these products, while sturdy and durable, are typically made with a plastic called polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC). Many health experts warn against using PVC yoga mats, since this compound contains a group of chemicals called phthalates. These questionable substances have drawn recent scrutiny for their possible health risks. Additionally, there are also environmental concerns about PVC, since the manufacturing of this plastic releases toxic compounds called dioxins into the atmosphere. Read more