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Stay Flexible With Biodegradable Travel Yoga Mats

Every New Year I start out with a regular yoga routine that then gets thrown out of balance due to travel or unpredictable work schedules. That’s why it’s so great that the eKO SuperLite Travel Mat by Manduka lets you be flexible on and off the mat. The eco-friendly travel yoga mat weighs only about 2 lbs. and folds to fit easily into a small bag. This makes it perfect for travel or unplanned visits at a local yoga studio right after work. There’s no excuse anymore to not show up at the mat and that’s half the battle to a successful exercise regimen.

Manduka’s eKO SuperLite Travel Mat is the lightest yoga mat out of its biodegradable eKO series. The top and bottom layers of the eco-friendly yoga mats are made from biodegradable tree rubber with non-toxic foaming agents and non-AZO dyes. In addition no toxic glues are needed during the manufacturing process. This ensures that you can inhale freely during your yoga practice. Manduka created the eKO mats with two layers to avoid the spongy quality of typical rubber eco-mats that can result into flaking. The top layer is denser and more durable than typical rubber for maximum performance and durability whereas the bottom layer provides more of a cushion for comfort. With the eKO series you travel lighter and leave a smaller eco-footprint on our planet. It will biodegrade once disposed without any toxic residues since no toxic chemicals were used during production. Knowing this gives me peace of mind during and after practice.

If flexibility is less of an issue for you and you’re already deeply committed to a steady routine you might want to check out Manduka’s PRO Series. It’s made of an eco-certified PVC material backed with a lifetime guarantee. Additional sustainable props include yoga blocks made out of cork or bamboo as well as colorful wool blankets made from 75% recycled wool fibers and 25% recycled synthetic fibers. These should get you through most of your sessions in sustainable style. But most of all remember to take deep breaths all through 2013.