The yoga mat is by far the most iconic and foundational of all yoga gear. The majority of yogis wouldn’t consider practicing without one, and global demand is now estimated at an eye-popping 36-million mats purchased each year. This enormous appetite costs yogis about 1.2 billion USD annually, but the true cost can’t be summed up in dollars alone. Producing, using and disposing of so many mats also takes a heavy toll on our planet, something many practitioners are totally unaware of.
The first time I tried yoga, I really didn’t like it. The simple act of sitting on the floor (rather than my very comfortable couch) was not a happy place for my body. I tried one or two classes and then I didn’t come back to it for 8 years.
How do you do a backbend safely while fully experiencing all of its benefits?