Isn't this a cute yoga mat?
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I just picked it up yesterday in anticipation of this morning's yoga class. At first I was going to swing by Five Below and buy one of their cheapo ones, but since I know many yoga mats are made out of PVC and all kind of hormone disruptive chemicals, I decided against that idea. Instead, I stopped by the local health food store and purchased this one from Gaiam. This brand is free of the "top six most harmful phthalates" and although it was more expensive (around $22.00), I felt better knowing I am not exposing myself to all those nasty chemicals. Who wants to disrupt any hormones when menopause could be just a few years away?!!!
Unfortunately, I later confirmed that although the Gaiam is free of those 6 phthalates, the mat I chose is still made of PVC - like most yoga mats...oh well. The company does carry some that are non-PVC. I guess I didn't notice that when I was at the store. Well, at least it is still pretty... It looks like an area rug and the colors are kind of beachy, so it works for me! If are interested and your local health food store does not carry these, you can find a selection - HERE.
Why this sudden interest in yoga, you ask? Well, I am the coordinator for our local MOMS Club "Empty Nester" events. Basically, that means I plan an outing each month and invite MOMS Club members. Anyone who does not have a child at home is welcome to join us and spend some time with the adults in a planned monthly activity.
In the past, I have organized pedicures, breakfasts, lunches, shopping trips...but this month I invited everyone to attend a drop-in beginners yoga class. January is generally a get-back-in-shape-month and I thought yoga would be a fun way to ease into that. Plus, it has been years since I have done any yoga. I used to take a class back in the days when I worked in an office. I found yoga to be a great stress reliever and I enjoyed making the time for myself to do something healthy.
But of course, after I bought my new mat and put together a cute yoga ensemble, we woke up to an icy morning with a 2 hour delay for school. So much for that yoga class this morning! Oh well...I will have to reschedule since several friends are interested in attending. And after all, I have to use my pretty new mat!
Have you started any new fitness routines?