Cork Yoga Mats

Cork Yoga Mats

Cork is soft, slip-resistant, and cool to the touch, so it’s unsurprising that it’s become a popular material for yoga mats. Cork is, of course, completely natural, biodegradable, and recyclable.

It can even be harvested from live trees, so it doesn’t require manufacturers to cut down any natural resources. Cork is easy to print on, so some products even have intuitive posture guides.

Liquid doesn’t penetrate cork mats easily, so they’re extremely resilient without adding friction.

Sensitive skins will love it. Like cotton, it’s cool on hot days and warm on cold ones.

It’s refreshing to practice on such a dry, unsticky surface, so once you’ve tried cork, it’s tough to go back to old-fashioned plastics.

Kaizenly Pro

This portable product has printed guidelines and is cushioned enough for extreme positions.

Its TPE base prevents slipping and improves when wet, so it will keep you in position even during challenging sessions. It’s odour free, lightweight, and feels wonderfully rustic.

The mat is 72 inches long and 24 inches wide.

Strengths

  • Naturally sourced and adhesive-free for a healthier experience.
  • Has a carrying strap for portability.
  • Markings will help you to achieve precision.

Weaknesses

  • Isn’t as cushioned as you might expect.

The Yoloha cork mat

The Yoloha cork mat is as beautiful as it is generously-sized. Its cork is harvested only once every nine years to give its trees time to recover.

This mat has a thick, rollable surface, so it’s padded but easy to carry.

Strengths

  • If you tend to perspire, you’ll love its absorptive surface and extra padding. It’ll keep you in place, even during the most challenging poses.
  • It has natural anti-microbial properties that prevent mildew and mold growth.
  • Won’t hurt your joints when you roll between positions.

Weaknesses

  • While the mat is self-cleaning, its porous surface isn’t as hygienic as synthetic surfaces.

Snakuga Cork Yoga Mat

Yoga mats are a microcosm of bacteria, so a self-cleaning material is well worth the investment. If you’re looking for an extra-long product, the 4 mm Snakuga has extra width and is designed for serious yogis.

It’s made from particularly soft cork, which provides comfort when rolling into a new pose. Sustainability is an important yogi value.

When you choose a natural material for your mat, you express the principles of your practice.

Strengths

  • The extra-large size accommodates any asana.
  • PVC-free construction provides a fresh scent.
  • It will let you achieve challenging poses that other mats just can’t support.

Weaknesses

  • Cork can become dry and crumbly in time, but in dry conditions, it lasts many years.

A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF CORK YOGAMATS:

Strengths

  • Cork mats are highly resilient and long-lasting.
  • They won’t generate toxic fumes.
  • Their thermal conductivity is low, which keeps you cool, but not chilly.

Weaknesses

  • Cork mats don’t tolerate harsh cleansers, so they’re quite high-maintenance. You’ll need regular cleaning with diluted dish soap.

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