R-Yolo: A Healthier Choice Amidst the Hazards of Traditional Yoga Mats

Greetings fellow yogis! Donna here from R-Yolo, and today I want to shed light on a topic that concerns us all - the potential health risks associated with traditional yoga mats. As we delve into the hazards lurking in the materials of commonly used yoga mats, you'll discover why R-Yolo's locally made, sustainable, and hypoallergenic mats are the superior choice for your practice.

The Hidden Dangers of Traditional Yoga Mats: Unveiling the Truth

In recent years, various studies and articles have raised concerns about the materials used in manufacturing yoga mats, particularly those made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Let's explore findings from credible sources and understand the risks associated with these widely used mats:

1. Leaf Score Article: VOCs and PAHs in PVC Yoga Mats

Traditional yoga mats, especially those made from PVC, release harmful chemicals such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). These chemicals are emitted as breathable gases and are associated with antimicrobial treatments, stain repellents, adhesives, and flame retardants. The 'yoga mat chemical,' Azodicarbonamide (ADA), adds another layer of concern, and despite efforts to reduce its use, it still appears in various products, including yoga mats.

2. Umbel Organics: The Hazards of PVC in Yoga Mats

PVC, a common material in inexpensive yoga mats, poses serious health risks. Phthalates, added to make PVC flexible, can leach out when the mat becomes warm, impacting reproductive systems and potentially causing cancer. Additionally, PVC may contain traces of Bisphenol-A (BPA), and toxic metals like lead and cadmium. The environmental impact of PVC production and disposal releases dioxins and mercury into the air, water, and soil.

3. ScienceLine: Understanding the Risks of PVC in Yoga Mats

The cautionary labels on some yoga mats are mandated by Proposition 65 in California, warning of potential cancer and reproductive harm. PVC in yoga mats can release hazardous chemicals, including dioxins and organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs). While the health effects of low-level exposures are uncertain, the concerns persist, prompting a call for a precautionary approach.

4. Yogasana Mats: The Truth about PVC in Yoga Mats

Vinyl chloride, the primary component in PVC, is recognized as a Hazardous Air Pollutant. PVC yoga mats release harmful chemicals such as chlorine gas, mercury, and vinyl chloride during manufacturing and disposal. Phthalates, used to soften PVC, are suspected carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

Why Choose R-Yolo: A Safer Alternative

At R-Yolo, we understand the significance of practicing yoga on a mat free from harmful chemicals. Our locally made, sustainable, and hypoallergenic mats provide a safer alternative to traditional options. By avoiding PVC, phthalates, and other toxic substances, our mats promote not just your well-being but also a healthier environment.

Choosing the Right Yoga Mat: Questions to Ask

When selecting a yoga mat, it's crucial to consider the following:

  1. How was it made?

    • Look for mats made in eco-friendly factories with transparent sourcing practices.
  2. What materials were used?

    • Ensure the mat is free from PVC, phthalates, and other harmful substances.
  3. Is it environmentally friendly?

    • Consider the entire lifecycle of the mat and choose products that minimize environmental impact.


As you embark on your yoga journey, let R-Yolo be your companion in creating a safer and more conscious practice. Our premium yoga mats are crafted with your well-being and the environment in mind, providing a space for you to nurture both your body and the planet. Make the switch to R-Yolo and experience the difference today! 🌿🧘‍♀️ #RYolo #SafeYogaMat #ConsciousLiving