In the spirit of changing things up, this post is more personal.
In Southeast Asia, where I’ve been studying and teaching yoga for 5 months, feet and knees are the most personal things. So you keep them covered and hidden from view.
In the US, where I will now be heading, it is quickly approaching summer, and feet will be out in full view. As a yoga teacher, it would be nice to have a pedicure.
There are just so many things wrong with the whole concept of toenail painting – covering a part of your body with hazardous chemicals, letting pedicurists breathe in the fumes as they kneel over your feet, spending precious time and money on the whole nonsense…
Yes, this is a bit of a rant – thank you for the indulgence. But, I have to say, sometimes my naked toenails feel…judged. Next to all the bright, perfect toenails, I mean. Sometimes, in a culture of perfection, the standard is to accept toxicity rather than to breathe.
I hope I am not giving the impression of being holier-than-thou, especially if you are someone, like my mother, who enjoys the occasional pedicure. To clear things up, let me just say (I am sorry Suzan and Bag It team!) that I have been drinking from toxic plastic water bottles for the last five months.
Ironically, in our more industrialized countries, we do have the choice to opt out from many harmful practices. Like drinking from plastic water bottles. Like using toxic nail varnish.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports the following: On Tuesday, California’s Department of Toxic Substances revealed that a variety of nail polishes contain high levels of hazardous chemicals despite product labels claiming otherwise. These chemicals, dibutyl phthalate and toluene, have been linked to birth defects, asthma and other chronic health conditions.
Take action now, and tell Congress we want to know what is in our products. And then make it personal. Breathe easier. Take advantage of your right and privilege to opt out.