CorkYogis was born from an idea the founder had after a trip to India. Being a yoga lover since 2011, she was starting to get frustrated with the depth of her practice. She knew that there was a deeper level to yoga and the meaning behind yogic principles that she wasn’t experiencing in her yoga classes.
This frustration made her look at what yoga actually meant to her; which was a devotional practice. Both devotional towards her own self and to others. This is when she came up with the inspiration of somehow connecting the east and the west through yoga and creating a giving loop.
Lara, the CorkYogis founder, took all of this back home to the UK and started the incredible CorkYogis brand we have in front of us today.
The inspiration for the yoga mats came from Lara's early yoga days that were mainly focused on the Bikram style, which means hot, sweaty, ‘almost passing out’ yoga! Even though she loved the intensity of the classes, the constant slipping around on wet, sweaty mats became a bit too much for her.
So when she noticed Canadian paddle-boarders using a cork surface for paddleboard yoga, she thought this was a genius idea! Even though the paddle-boarders were wet, the cork held amazing grip. This is when Lara thought about using cork to create an everyday, roll-able cork yoga mat.
The Destiny Foundation team combat 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 give them financial independence. The girls are also accepted into 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’.
An amazing partnership was created with the Destiny Foundation, supporting their work and providing jobs by getting the women to make the CorkYogis beautiful yoga mat bags.
For every natural CorkYogis mat purchased, CorkYogis will provide a contribution towards a training course for one girl. For every CorkYogis bag purchased, CorkYogis will provide jobs creating steps towards financial independence.