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3 Alternatives To Traditional Yoga Mats

Yoga | Yoga Equipment

Are yoga mats really necessary in order to be able to make the most out of your yoga practice? Are you really supposed to carry a chunky yoga mat with you, even when travelling abroad, or can you enjoy a few yoga poses without needing one?

Well, it depends; whereas slippery ground or floors can lead to accidents and injuries, most types of flooring should be safe to practice on without using a yoga mat.By the way, mat, or no mat, if you’re looking for a way to get consistent with your yoga practice, you should check out our free 30-day Yoga Challenge by clicking here.

In order to be super-safe and a bit more comfortable, though, we suggest you at least use a yoga mat alternative, which will secure your feet and palms’ grip, and may even be used as a cushion, to keep your joints from pressing onto hard surfaces while you work out.

Rolled-Up Towel

Rolled-up towels are generally a good workout tool, and a great substitute for a yoga mat, especially when you find yourself in need of cushioning against a hard floor.

A high-quality, sustainable towel such as the following would be ideal for this particular use:

  1. Textile no. Linen Towel, by Karin Carlander

This lightweight 100% linen towel was created by award-winning Danish textile designer Karin Carlander. It is very durable, practical, super-absorbent, visually pleasing with its two contrasting colors theme, and highly breathable.

  1. Organic Towels and Bath Mats

This colorful collection of soft, medium-weight 100% organic cotton towels is perfect for yogis to use as a traditional yoga mat alternative. These Fairtrade towels dry fast and are reversible, and their vibrant colors are achieved using natural, organic dyes.

  1. Fairtrade and Organic Bath Towel

Another collection of super-soft, medium-weight, 100% organic and Fairtade bath towels, which was made in accordance to the strictest social and environmental standards.

Folded Woven Blanket

  1. Organic Handwoven Hemp Yoga Mat – $49.00

A beautiful rustic, woven blanket-styled hemp yoga mat, which comes in a wide variety of gorgeous colors. The fabric is handwoven, and it’s pretty thick, which makes it ideal for yoga practice.

  1. BURN – Yoga Blanket – $ 145.00

This soft cotton yoga blanket is handwoven traditionally by skilled artisans using foot looms. It features an eye-catching finish along with a hand-knotted fringe, and it’s perfect for meditation, as well as for yoga practice.

  1. Cascade Blanket – $ 78.00

This 100% organic cotton blanket is made using exceptionally fine yarns, and it’s very soft and supple, with a stitched textured. It comes in a wide variety of colors, and it’s finished with a simple bound edge.

Large Piece of Fabric

  1. Slub & Textured Range

Handspun and handwoven fabric makes for the perfect yoga mat alternative, and these slubs are crafted in a special way that allows for varying thicknesses along the weave. This textured kind of fabric might even provide better grip, allowing you to practice various yoga poses without slipping.

  1. U.S. Organic Jersey | Which Way – $ 25.95

A stretchy, lightweight organic jersey knit, featuring a cute lime green-on-white design, which is hand-drawn by designer Josi Severson. The organic cotton used in this particular textile is grown, knit and printed in the USA, using water-based dyes.

  1. Natural and Green Stripes on Organic Cotton Jersey – $ 13.85

This pesticide, herbicide and GMO-free organic cotton fabric has not been bleached or whitened, so it’s super-soft and plush. It does have a stretch, though, so it might not be ideal for your more balance-dependent yoga poses.

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