In Hindi , we call Yoga mat, as Asana. (We even call postures,Asana)
It is all marketing strategy everywhere. The moment we type “Buy Yoga Mat”, we find below materials in option:-
- EVA Foam – which is copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate also known as Poly.
- PVC Sheet – Polyvinyl chloride is one of the most widely produced Plastic Polymer.
- Rubber– It’s an artificial elastomer or simply say even these are Polymers.
It seems Organic Chemistry and Organic Compounds are ruling everywhere. The more we run away from Plastics, the more it attracts us. We should keep a safe distance from plastics in every form, be it your lunch box or be it your Yoga mat.
Even in modern times, you will not find a good school of Yoga suggesting a polymer.
If Not Poly, then What?
Most importantly of it’s precipitate absorbent quality.
In Indian culture, Rishi’s (sages) used to practice yoga over cleaned animal skin(Tiger or Deer). Of course we would not want that (and also, cannot do that). We even see references in our text of them, using Kusha (Kusa) grass. We have all good schools suggesting using Cotton, either cotton sheets or handmade Daris.
By Cotton sheet, it does not mean the slippery ones. You need to check the friction well. One should not get hurt while doing Asana.
So we have two poor options, and sadly which are the correct ones and nobody is promoting them.
- Kusha Dari
- Cotton handmade dari.
(Interested in More, we have Mantra Yoga Samhita for more details on Asana, the seat)
People even going to a studio, where you have a sharing culture, please make sure you have a fixed mat and that too a reserved one for you.
One should not do any kind of sharing for the mats.
Also, your mat carries your vibes and your energy, please keep it as sacred.
Rest it’s your call if still wants to go for a poly Yoga mat.