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IS 17873: 2022 ‘Cotton Yoga Mat – Specification’

The term ‘Yoga’ is derived from the word ‘Ýuj’ which in Sanskrit language means ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Yoga is an art and science for healthy living that brings harmony in all walks of life and thus, is known for disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle related disorders. The practice of Yoga leads to the union of an individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. The eightfold components of Yoga advocate certain restraints and observances which have the potential to improve physical health and induce tranquillity of mind.The benefits of this ancient practice go far beyond increased flexibility and muscle tone as the study and practice of Yoga incorporates mindfulness-based practices such as mindful breathing techniques, focused concentration, meditation and self-reflection.

Yoga works on psycho – physiological phenomenon of human beings and is thus known to provide for disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle related disorders. Yoga practices facilitate mind and body co-ordination, emotional equanimity and intellectual clarity to the practitioners.

Yoga Mats are used by the practitioners, students and enthusiasts of Yoga as an accessory for performing Yogasana, Pranayama and Dhyana. Such mats made up of different materials are available in the market in various shapes and dimensions. Cotton Yoga mats are eco-friendly and safe to use. Standardized size, packaging and overall presentation of Cotton Yoga Mat is poised to fortify the Yoga experience and augment the overall credibility of this coveted spiritual science of mind-body fitness.

Taking cognizance of the need for having a standardized Yoga mat and ecological importance of using cotton as the material, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the National Standards Body of India, has developed an Indian Standard, IS 17873 : 2022 ‘Cotton Yoga Mat – Specification’. This standard specifies the types, sizes, constructional requirements, chemical requirements, provisions related to sampling, test methods, marking, packaging and certification of Cotton Yoga Mats.

With around192 countries joining the celebrations on the International Day of Yoga on 21 June every year, the impact of a standardized Cotton Yoga Mat is ceaseless ranging from cotton f arming to handloom industry to MSME ventures. In addition to encouraging the domestic industry, minimizing the usage of Yoga Mats made up of non-biodegradable and thus non-eco-friendly materials is likely to help in boosting India’s exports.

Last Updated on June 17, 2022

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