4 Ways to Green Your Yoga Routine

Yoga is all about that mind-body-spirit connection, and what better way to complete that relationship than making sure that your practice is as good for the planet as it is for your soul! From the clothes we wear to the places we practice and props we choose, there are plenty of places to green that yoga routine.

>>Next: Finding yoga clothing that’s good for the Earth

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1. Eco-Friendly Yoga Clothing

Having comfortable clothing that you can easily move in is key to a good practice. Look for tank tops, t-shirts, and pants or leggings in hemp or organic cotton. If you’re on a budget, don’t despair! You can also hit the thrift store for yoga clothes. Buying second hand clothing does double eco-duty. You give used garments a new life and avoid the carbon footprint that goes along with buying new.

>>Next: Get a green yoga mat

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Little girl wearing bunny ears on a yoga mat

Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

Conventional yoga mats are often made using toxic PVC. This material is harmful to the environment and to workers when it’s made, and it can off gas, causing you to breathe in unhealthy fumes during your practice. Look for yoga mats made from recycled or all natural rubber, jute, or other PVC- and phthalate-free materials.

>>Next: Choose eco-friendly props

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yoga blocks

Green Yoga Props

Props like blocks and straps can help make tougher poses accessible, but they also impact the environment. Look for blocks made from renewable cork, bamboo, or reclaimed wood. If you use a strap, consider picking up an organic cotton or hemp one. A thrifted neck tie or belt also works just fine as a strap — you don’t have to break the bank to green your yoga routine!

>>Next: Move your practice

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yoga outdoors

Benefits of Practicing Outdoors

It might be a bit to chilly this time of year, but when the weather permits, you might think about moving your yoga practice outside. Spending time outdoors helps you connect with nature in a deeper way. Not only does practicing outdoors help you connect with the Earth, it’s healthy for your body, too. Indoor air quality is often much poorer than outside, so getting that fresh air can rejuvenate your body as well as your soul!

Have you been doing anything to green up your yoga routine? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Hannah J.
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K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Tabitha L.
Tabitha C.5 years ago

interesting... thanks

Darya Tumanova
Darya Tumanova5 years ago

thanks. interesting article. but not sure about second-hand clothing for yoga... frankly speaking, i'm totally against it.

Anne F.
Anne F.5 years ago

Great ways to think about what we're doing: I think thrift store shopping (especially for casual clothes) is great.

Catherine C.
Catherine C.5 years ago

Great article.. I have a recycled mat.. it is very cool. And best- I do not slip. I do hot yoga so the heat wears the mats out.

Thank you for the great tips..

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Carol Cowbrough
Carol Cowbrough5 years ago

Interesting. Thanks.