The Natural Option: Sheepskin Yoga Mats

As the Summer holidays approach, our bodies and minds tend to crave for a break from the rush of our modern busy lives.  Yoga can be a wonderful practice to take up to help relax and enjoy the Summer months to the full. 

Recently endorsed by a number of celebrities as restorative and calming practice, Kundalini Yoga or ‘the yoga of awareness’  focuses on meditation.  Developed in the 1960’s, it has become popular in recent years as people try to break away from excessive use of technology and over busy lifestyles. 

Kundalini yoga entails sitting still for periods of time and in recent years sheepskin has begun to be used as the yoga mat of choice.  Using a natural fibre with an even density for comfort that also has the benefit of keeping you at a pleasant, constant, temperature, enables you to focus on the meditative element of the practice. Sheepskins are incredibly durable, naturally non-slip and can also be machine washed (well, ours can!). It’s not surprising that celebrities such as Demi Moore have been spotted with sheepskin rolled inside the classic yoga mat.

Questions have been raised about how animal skin fits into a traditionally vegetarian or vegan lifestyle where there is a strong focus on purchasing sustainably sourced goods but given that sheepskin is a by-product of the meat industry, many believe in making use of it rather than it being discarded. Man-made fibre yoga mats are often produced in an unsustainable fashion and even those billed as ‘eco’ mats are rarely particularly durable which means they require regular replacing.  Sheepskin seems the obvious choice for the discerning yogi!

Skyeskyns British sheepskin is ideal for yoga practice as, unlike many other sheepskins on the market, they are machine washable. With over thirty years of experience in sheepskin tanning, our family business can guarantee that our skins have been sourced ethically and processed sustainably. Why not stand out from the crowd at your next class with a comforting and supportive sheepskin from Skyeskyns.   




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