Think Yoga is Healthy? Not if you’re on a PVC yoga mat, says Simran Sethi.

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The phthalates contained in most yoga mats are known to cause cancer and stunt sexual development…probably not what you want to think about when sinking into corpse pose at the end of class.

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Merete Mueller

Merete is a writer and filmmaker, and was once-upon-a-time the Managing Editor of elephant journal’s print incarnation, from 2006-2008. Today, you can find her on Twitter @meretemueller and on her blog To The Bones. Her first documentary, “TINY: A Story About Living Small”, about people who have downsized their lives into homes the size of a parking space, premiered at SXSW in March 2013.

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anonymous Aug 18, 2011 1:13am

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anonymous Jun 21, 2011 11:41am

[…] Originally, I just needed something a few inches longer than my drugstore purchased yoga mat. I’m 5’10″ and find that the more mat length I have, the less scrunched I feel. I wanted something that I wouldn’t feel guilty about owning or wouldn’t someday be the reason I got cancer. I’m not 100% convinced that just because an item was made in an eco-friendly manner automatically means it’s something I should be pressing my sweaty body against every single day. I’m talking about you, PVC! […]

elephant journal Aug 20, 2008 1:41pm

I recommend Jade, and Manduka’s eKO (Manduka was my first favorite mat). The links are above.

anonymous Aug 13, 2008 11:07am

i have been doing yoga for about a year and a half now and have always used the pvc mat. It is good to know that it can cause health problems. especially at my age, so that way when i become an adult i will not go to the doctor’s and be diagnosed with cancer. now i know that not all the time people will get cancer but it is better to be safe then sorry. 🙂