Find the Right Yoga Mat for You
Many years ago, it was difficult to find many different types of yoga mat. Mats for students and yoga mats for teachers were pretty much the same and generally made from vinyl. Vinyl was often used for making mats due to its sticky nature and properties. Not particularly eco-friendly though. However, today you are spoilt for choice and will find a great choice of yoga mats out there. No matter the color, style or features that you prefer, there is a mat for you. Tip: if you're looking for a new mat, don't forget that yoga kits often offer better value for money. That way you can get a mat and perhaps a block, bag or belt at the same time.
Apart from colors and pattern, you should get a yoga mat that will keep you stable while and comfortable when doing poses. Also make sure that it is not too heavy or bulky and so can be easily stored and is portable. Other things you may want to check are the thickness and comfort of the mat. Check the surface texture and material used to ensure it will be right for you. Finally, you may want to consider a mat that is environmentally friendly.
If you are looking to buy a yoga mat, choose one that truely meets the above requirements. Don;t always be swayed by what everyone else is using. Having said that, your teacher is often a good starting point for yoga mat advice. Go for a mat that enhances your values, is affordable and complements your lifestyle. When you are ready to purchase a yoga mat, consider the two things below.
How Thick is the Mat?
The comfort of your mat will depend on how thick it is. If the mat is too thin, it will not provide enough cushioning and this will make some poses uncomfortable and possibly increase the chances of injury. On her other hand, a thick yoga mat can make it difficult for you to feel a connection to the floor. You may be unstable while doing some routines if you choose a mat that is too thick as you will find it difficult to sense exactly what you are doing.
Think carefully of the thickness of the mat you would like to buy. Generally, you should be good with a mat that is 1/8 to 1/4 inches thick. That said, if you are going on your travels or going to a retreat you may require another thinner mat. Often these mats are a mere 1/16. However, these mats are light in weight and can be easily folder to be stored in your suitcase.
Another thing to consider when looking to buy a yoga mat is the amount of space you have at home or at your yoga class. Your fellow students may not appreciate a particularly large mat infringing on their space and an extra long mat at home may become awkward is space is at a premium. Don't forget you have to store your mat away too. If you do not have adequate store space, choose a standard-depth mat that is in the 1/8 inch range.
The eco-friendliness, texture and stickiness of a mat will be determined by the material used to make it. Many yoga mats you will come across are made of PVC, which is also known as vinyl. This is a perfectly valid choice as they are hard wearing and usually sticky, so provide a solid surface to practice on. Eco mats are also a great choice as they are made responsibly and are usually kinder to the environment and oftern biodegradeable. The downside can be that durability suffers and the mat wears out more quick lyover time.
Follow the tips above to find the right yoga mats.
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