I don't know about you, but I love my yoga mat and use it every day. But all of that love is taking its toll. Already it's starting to look pock-marked and pitted. And while I intend to use it until it's on the verge of disintegration, at some point I'll need to retire it. I think of it rather like the beautiful horse my daughter rides, who will someday be too old to take her weight and will have earned a few gentle years grazing in a grassy pasture.
So what do you do with your yoga mat, if you don't want it decomposing in the local landfill? With all of the effort we make to be kind to the earth, it seems counterproductive to muck it up with the very products that help us practice our values.
I'm happy to say that there are alternatives. Many thanks to Yoga Journal, which recently circulated an article titled Mat Happywhich addresses this very issue. Yoga Journal offers a number of excellent suggestions - which captivated us here at ChildLight Yoga enough that we decided to reproduce their article in it its entirety for our blog readers. If you're handy with a hot glue gun, here are instructions on how to make flip flops out of your old yoga mat. For those who would appreciate information about manufacturers of non-PVC mats, please read Mat Matters by Cynthia Morris, at Yoga Journal online.
And, to keep your yoga mat in tip-top condition for as long as possible, check out these easy care instructions for keeping your mat clean.
So use your yoga mat well - now, and later!