Did you know that most people are unaware that they are wearing plastic or PET fabrics for yoga? In an extensive study done by us, we found that 9 out of 10 yoga practitioners in US and Canada are wearing clothing made of polyester and nylon.
Why are plastic fabrics bad for yoga?
• Wearing tight synthetic clothing causes compression and restricts movement during exercise. • Tight synthetic clothes are bad for blood circulation. They also don’t allow the skin to breathe naturally. • Skin-tight clothes cause more sweat: this makes the body a breeding environment for fungal, and bacterial infections. • Petrochemical fibers suffocate the skin and prevent the natural release of toxins from the body: this could cause skin rashes, acne, nausea, fatigue, burning, itching, headaches, etc. • Polyester clothing can cause eye and respiratory-tract irritation and acute skin rashes. • Chemicals (formaldehyde, chlorine, teflon, etc.) and dyes used in clothing can cause a number of diseases or worsen some existing conditions.
So the question is: What should we wear during yoga practice?
Simply put, you need to start wearing organic or organic-rich clothing that is gentle on your body and the planet: cotton, linen, silk, wool, hemp, or even bamboo. You need to check product labels to ensure that the fabric (cotton, etc.) is organically grown and ethically produced.
Please say a big 'No' to recycled plastic garments for yoga: both the cost and eco-footprint of recycling plastic fibres is immense.
FABRIC THAT YOGA EMBRACES
List of alternative fabrics you should be wearing instead. Check your labels and make the switch.
FABRICS THAT ARE UNYOGA
Say no to plastic
Avoid fabrics that are not naturally breathable, sustainable, biodegradable or compress your body.