per page
Set Descending Direction

Items 1 to 10 of 12 total

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2

Yoga props and the environment

22/02/2019 3:32 pm

Like all thinking and reading humans, we are deeply concerned about the state of our planet and our modern human tendency to over-consume and in the process generate vast amounts of greenhouse gases and toxic pollution.

We believe that the practice of yoga is an important factor in raising people's consciousness about all things including our impact on our world. The introspection that yoga invites helps us to find contentment with the simple and to consider the wider effects of our actions. The mission for our business is to support this practice with as little impact as possible.

Here are some of the ways by which we attempt to minimise our impact-

  1. Wherever possible we source and supply quality products that will last forever. We reject the throwaway culture and the practice of built-in obsolescence.
  2. Where synthetic products are used we attempt to source the raw material from recycled stock.
  3. Where recycled synthetics are not available, we attempt to minimise harmful chemicals in production.
  4. Wherever possible we offer products which are made from natural materials
  5. Where naturally grown materials are used we try to source organically grown product
  6. We use wood from plantation timbers
  7. We minimise the amount of plastic packaging we use.
  8. If satisfactory function and longevity can be achieved with a lighter weight of material, we use the lighter weight thus saving on raw materials and transport costs. We pioneered the use of the Easy Fill sandbag where you supply the sand negating the need to ship sand around the world.
  9. We source our electricity from renewable sources.
  10. We use reusable cups for our takeaway beverages or we sit down and drink it at the cafe like civilised people :-)

We recognise that the very best environmental outcome is achieved if the product never has to be replaced. This means that the equation is not always straight forward. Is it better to use a natural rubber mat that might have to be replaced several times or a synthetic mat that lasts forever? The solution is not always as simple as choosing the natural. What water use, fertilisers, forest clearing etc. may be necessary. Consequently, we supply some high-quality low toxicity PVC mats. We prefer not to use TPE mats as they are not long lasting.

We have been able to source bolster stuffing made from recycled post-consumer waste (the best kind of waste). PET drink bottles are turned into excellent fibre for our eco bolsters. Our other bolsters are filled with organically grown cotton, a good second option though we recommend the PET kind because even organically grown cotton has an enviro cost.

We supply many EVA foam yoga blocks. Recently we have been able to source a new engineering of these blocks which means that significantly less plastic is used for the same amount of strength and resilience.

Our iYoga cushions are now made from a foam product significantly lighter than previous cushions and therefore using less energy. Happily, they are of an excellent and consistent firmness.

Most of our wooden products are made by an artisan here in Victoria.  He uses recycled or plantation grown NZ clear pine.  For our imported wood, we specify plantation timbers only.

We are in an ongoing struggle with our suppliers to get rid of the plastic packaging that most of their other customers seem to prefer. Where we can we request and use biodegradable paper and cardboard packaging.

For years now we have supplied cotton blankets from China made from reclaimed cotton.  Soon we will be sourcing a new cotton blanket from India also made from post-manufacturing process reclaimed cotton. We are excited about this new product.

The search is ongoing for the most enviro-friendly products we can find to assist you to become the friendliest world citizen you can be.

Posted in News By Peter Harley

Although the 1st day of January officially marks the start of each the new year, the languid slowness of summer in the southern hemisphere allows this starting point to stretch out throughout the entire month. You can take full advantage of the magnificent slowness of this time, to draw up the aspirations, wishes, dreams and ambitions in the that play in the field of your mind, and so gradually coalesce resolutions that are worth attending.

 In yoga, the Sanskrit word utsav, can be defined as a ‘container through which Consciousness moves’. One of the qualities of Consciousness is that it moves where and how it is directed. When we speak about utsav, we are referring also to what is being infused into Consciousness as it moves through a container.  

In your yoga practice you will already be aware of how your thoughts, your attitude, or willingness to surrender to the language of the body, shapes your experience of asana. Lets take this process a few steps further.

Below are a set of questions and a process you can engage with to mine the wisdom of your own heart, and reveal the resolutions that will support the next stage in your evolution as a yoga practitioner, and as a teacher. Engaging in this process will yield golden gems that will become resolutions that will be worthy of your attention and commitment.

  • What are you infusing into your yoga practice?
  • How does, what you infuse into your practice, shape the practice itself?
  • How does, what you infuse into your practice, shape your life?
  • What do you infuse into the body of your teaching practice i.e. your class sequences?
  • What do you infuse into each class?
  • How does what you infuse into your yoga teaching practice shape the class?
  1. Begin the process by setting aside about 10-60 minutes of your time (depending on your daily commitments). Take yourself to a clean quiet place where you won’t be interrupted.
  2. Choose a question to work with then hold it in the temple of your mind. Read it to yourself out loud, several times. Sit quietly.
  3. Allow the question to brew i.e. Write it down. Write it several times if you like. To take you deeper, you can use dictionary to sharpen your understanding of any word in the question that strikes your attention.
  4. Sit quietly for 1-3 minutes
  5. Write down what arises for you.

 You can repeat this process as the calling arises, immediately, or at another time.

 As you engage with these questions you will become clearer about your own personal yoga practice and how your body is calling you to attend and evolve it. You will also make discoveries about your path as a yoga teacher, and how you can serve your students more fully to experience the benefits of yoga.

 As you step into this bright new year, we at IYogaprops offer you this blessing.

May your personal practice flourish and yield great benefits for you, your family, and friends.

May your work as a yoga teacher evolve and yield great benefits for your students and your community.

Namaste!

Megan Harley   Copyright 2019

 

Posted in News By Megan Harley

iYogaprops Instruction PDFs

30/08/2018 4:23 pm

Some of our products have instructions to go with them. You'll find them here.

Read More
Posted in News By Peter Harley

Using an Elastic Yoga Belt

30/08/2018 4:22 pm

The Doutta Galla Elastic Belt was a collaborative project between iYogaprops and Mark Gibson.

Read More

Tags:

Posted in News By Peter Harley

Simple twists on a chair.

Read More
Posted in News By iYogaprops Team

The intelligent use of props helps us gain access to poses that otherwise might be too challenging, and can teach us the correct shape and alignment to aim for. The mark of a well-equipped yoga practice space is a chair!

Read More
Posted in News By iYogaprops Team

Get creative with your old yoga mat! Just because its days as your yoga buddy are over, doesn’t mean your yoga mat can’t continue to contribute!

Read More
Posted in News By iYogaprops Team

About Eco Bolsters

16/11/2017 1:09 pm

Why would you purchase our Eco Bolsters instead of the cotton filled bolster? Find out more here.

Read More
Posted in News By iYogaprops Team
How to make the most of your chair, with backbends.
Read More
Posted in News By iYogaprops Team

Develop a Home Practice

23/05/2017 10:49 am

One of the difficult steps to take on the yoga journey is in establishing a home practice. It is relatively easy to take ourselves off to a class once or twice a week. We have teacher to hold our hand, provide inspiration, give us a sequence, give us energy through the force of their command but can we do it alone?
Read More
Posted in News By iYogaprops Team
per page
Set Descending Direction

Items 1 to 10 of 12 total

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2