A yoga rug is, without doubt, of the best things to happen in the yoga scene in the past few years. Just ask any fan of Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga or Power Yoga…Because when you start using one of these eco-friendly yoga rugs, your struggles with horrible, ugly plastic yoga mats become a thing of the past. Slipping in your own sweat when practising hot yoga will be a distant memory. And you’ll start being proud of your eco yoga mat, instead of wishing you didn’t have to compromise your eco-values for the sake of your yoga practice. Even though they’re a recent introduction to the popular yoga scene, an organic cotton yoga rug was used in India for centuries and are the most authentic, natural way to deepen your yoga practice. They’re plastic-free, often dyed using natural pigments and usually handmade so they can give something back to the Indian economy.
We love them so much that we’ve decided to round up ten of our favourite organic cotton yoga rugs to help you can make sense of what’s available, weigh up the pros and cons and treat yourself to one of these beautiful yoga rugs.
Yoga Rug – Top 5 – UK Based
For those of you who want a luxurious organic cotton yoga rug that you’ll be proud to carry to class, make sure you treat yourself to this beautiful coarse weave yoga mat. Perfect for those sweaty moments in your Ashtanga or Power Yoga class, this one actually grips better to the floor as you turn up the heat and get that prana flowing. I love the embroidered ‘Om’ and that fact it’s created using sustainable textiles. Looks beautiful, doesn’t it?
This eco-friendly organic cotton yoga rug will keep any minimalist yogi happy. It’s beautifully simple, eco-friendly, handmade and perfect for those sweaty moments in your practice. Crafted in a traditional style in India and available in natural white or purple, it weighs very little so you can just stuff it into your cool yoga bag. Best of all, it grips brilliantly to any surface without feeling uncomfortable under your feet and hands and can even be washed in your machine. I’ll be adding this one to my birthday wish list!
When it’s cold outside and you want to stay warm and cosy but you still want to practice yoga, turn to this thick, luxurious yoga mat.
Made from 100% lambswool, it’s soft, well-insulated and feels comforting and indulgent especially when you’re settling into seated or lying poses. I love this one when I’m doing a Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, Yoga Nidra or restorative yoga class as it adds that element of comfort. It also features a clever non-slip underside to help you stay exactly where you want to.
But you’ll need to take care of yours with love- they’re hand-wash only and don’t appreciate direct sunlight.
Elephant Yoga Organic Cotton Yoga Rug – Eco Friendly – Perfect for Ashtanga Mysore Hot Yoga & Pilates
These colourful, eco-friendly, sustainable yoga mats are by far some of my favourites on this list. Not only are they stunningly beautiful, they’re easy to wash, perfect for outdoor use and even come with a 15-year guarantee. I love the fact that they donate a portion of their sales to the local economy so that they can give even more back. It comes in seven bright colours, it’s perfect for all types of yoga and your yoga friends will be begging you for a try.
Want to get a unique cotton yoga mat that speaks volumes about your edgy personality? Then get yourself a Ashtanga yoga rug. Unlike most yoga rugs, this one comes in ebony black with a deep red trident design, making it oh-so-special and helping improve your alignment during your yoga practice. As you’d expect, it’s also 100% cotton, provides excellent grip and works wonderfully for any kind of yoga where you’re likely to sweat, including Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Yoga, Power Yoga and Bikram Yoga.
Forget those nasty plastic yoga mats which have you slipping everywhere and contribute to global pollution, and choose one of these beautiful cotton yoga rugs instead. They look a million times better than the regular yoga mats, they’re the most authentic choice, they’re a natural, sustainable and essential addition to anyone’s yoga practice.
Treat yourself this year and get your hands on an eco yoga mat, yoga rug, Ashtanga yoga rug or Mysore yoga rug.
Do you have a Mysore yoga rug or Ashtanga yoga rug, did we miss something?? Let us know in the comments below.