CorkYogis was born from the idea that great technical performance can be combined with an ethical approach to business. Slipping around on a yoga mat is distracting and can be dangerous. We wanted a product that would have excellent grip even during a strenuous practice and we wanted a product that felt natural and real to the touch. Cork was the obvious answer. Surfers put a layer of cork on their surf boards to increase the grip. It if works for surfers, it must work for yogis! CorkYogis was born.
The CorkYogis cork yoga mat has been featured on Dragons Den – watch here.
And being a natural product, shaved from the bark of the cork oak, cork mats feel much nicer to the touch than PVC and plastic ones. It is better for the environment too.
The only part of the puzzle left was to find a way for CorkYogis to support causes close to our hearts. I have always been passionate about supporting women and girls to fulfill their potential, especially through finding work. So the work of the Destiny Reflection Foundation supporting victims of human trafficking in India was the perfect partner for our work and the perfect supplier of our beautiful yoga bags. Read more in the How we Give section.
With amazing grip which only improves as you sweat and with the natural antimicrobial properties of cork, CorkYogis’ mats offer a big step up in performance and hygiene over traditional yoga mats.
Cork is impermeable to water (hence why we use it in wine bottles) and as water does not sink into the cork, bacteria, viruses and fungi cant survive on it either. This means a CorkYogis mat is naturally self cleaning – all you need do is give it an occasional wipe down with a damp cloth. No more stinky mats!
Destiny Foundation is a committed team of people combating the immense injustices of human trafficking and the challenges faced by human trafficking survivors. They work towards empowering and educating survivors to learn skills to find dignified employment and create a better future. To do this they provide free training courses in sewing and literacy to give the girls employable skills, they then sell handmade products made out of recycled saree material to create financial independence. The girls are also accepted in a family environment that they often never had, the girls are treated as individuals with their own individual journey and challenges to overcome. Their moto is ‘One life at a time’.
Finding a way to provide employment for women is one of the surest ways of improving life chances and reducing poverty. It’s been something i have worked on for years. CorkYogis provides a way to combine my passion for yoga with my desire to empower women less fortunate than myself. We have an amazing partnership with Destiny Reflection supporting their work and providing jobs by getting the women to make our beautiful yoga mat bags.
For every natural CorkYogis mat purchased, we provide a contribution towards a training course for one girl. For every CorkYogis bag purchased, we provide jobs creating steps towards financial independence.