The true essence of yoga revolves around elevating the life force or ‘Kundalini’ at the base of the spine. It aims to achieve this through a series of physical and mental exercises. At the physical level, the methods comprise various yoga postures or ‘asanas’ that aim to keep the body healthy.
The mental techniques include breathing exercises or ‘pranayama’ and meditation or ‘dhyana’ to discipline the mind.
The ultimate goal of yoga is to help the individual to transcend the self and attain enlightenment.
Still, to be completely successful at yoga, it’s important to have the right equipment too. Choosing yoga leggings and tops can be quite tricky if you are new to the practice. And want to be more conscious about the clothes you pick.
Luckily, these amazing sustainable yoga brands are creating clothes and accessories that help clean the world while you clean your mind and body!
WHY WE LOVE IT: The brand’s name comes from the ancient Greek spelling of cosmos, meaning a whole harmonious and orderly system that is governed by natural law. They design ethical and eco-friendly yoga clothes using ECONYL® fabric, a material made from recycled fishing nets and post-consumer waste.
Also, Kosmos doesn’t use petroleum in production to reduce air pollution and help with climate change. Instead, they manufacture locally, producing their garments in buildings that are powered by renewable energy sources while having full traceability of their supply chain.
PRICE RANGE: from £40 up to £85
DELIVERY: Free UK delivery on orders over £100, standard UK delivery £4, worldwide shipping available £10.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The Indian label focuses on two ancient crafts of India, dabu and block printing. In an attempt to keep these crafts alive, Rias is a bridge between the craftsmen’s’ skills and modern designs.
From fibre to garment – everything is handmade which you can see in the finish and quality of the pieces. Their handspun khadi and hand block printing employs a large number of people in various villages of West Bengal and Rajasthan, which results in a better standard of living for those involved.
PRICE RANGE: from £14 up to £145
DELIVERY: Free shipping on your first purchase; international shipping available.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Indigo Luna is a small, family-run label that built their brand around quality, transparency, eco-consciousness and sustainable manufacturing practices. They are dedicated to thoughtful slow creation of their garments, including yoga clothes, swimwear, intimates and accessories.
For instance, their eucalyptus intimates are dyed using 100% plant dyes, creating colours directly from nature with all run-off and waste being organic or compostable. They use GOTS certified organic cotton, while all of their nylon leggings and swimwear are created from Italian recycled nylon and plastic harvested from discarded fishing nets.
PRICE RANGE: from £26 up to £92
DELIVERY: Free UK and EU shipping for orders over €200.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Born from a need for mat-wear that’s an honest reflection of compassionate and conscious living, London-based Nitara creates contemporary yoga and activewear focused on minimal environmental little along with eco fabrics.
The prints are hand-drawn, while clothing is made from 86% recycled plastic. The word Nitara means to be deeply rooted or grounded in Sanskrit, which is the brand’s mantra – always honour the Earth and the community.
PRICE RANGE: from £55 up to £90
DELIVERY: UK shipping £5, international shipping available £15.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Juru has grown from being a product name to being a made-in-India yoga brand that strives to deliver innovative, comfortable and trendy eco-friendly yoga mats and accessories made from sustainable resources like cork, jute, natural rubber and cotton.
‘Juror’ means ‘joy and happiness‘ in native tribal languages around the world – the brand believes their products are an outcome of love, built to celebrate yoga’s many triumphs, a gift from one yogi to another.
PRICE RANGE: from £15 up to £80
DELIVERY: Free shipping in India; worldwide delivery available.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Carrot Banana Peach is a British plant-based yoga and fitness brand, created almost 20 years ago inspired by the founder’s trip to Malaysia. Over the years, this ethical brand has expanded its products to bamboo, soybean, aloe vera and organic cotton clothing and accessories.
Their creations have been crafted through a global yoga community over the years. Yogis and yoginis in Bikram (Hot Yoga), Ashtanga, Hatha and Iyengar have supported their goal to create performance yoga men and women clothes made from organic, natural and sustainable materials.
PRICE RANGE: from £25 up to £69
DELIVERY: Free shipping over £150; next day delivery and worldwide shipping available.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Stretchery is India’s first indigenous sustainable fitness wear brand. It was founded in 2014 by two Indian childhood friends who wanted to create activewear that is ethical, eco-friendly and organic. Every piece is thoughtfully designed and fairly produced, using sustainable fabrics and natural dyes.
They are mindful of the environmental impact at every stage. For example, organic cotton headbands are upcycled using their production waste. With every purchase of this headband, they donate the profits to support the community.
PRICE RANGE: from £15 up to £50
DELIVERY: Unfortunately, Stretchery is currently delivering to India only.