How to Choose a Yoga Mat

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Finding a yoga mat can sound simple, but with so many variations in the market, you can always benefit from little knowledge on the different yoga mat styles today. A yoga mat is perhaps the most important accessory that you will have. As a yoga enthusiast, you need something comfortable, durable and something that offers the best support to avoid accidents and injury.

What to Look for in Choosing a Mat?

  • Thickness of mat. Yoga mats shouldn’t be thinner than 4mm.
  • Amount of grip to avoid slips
  • Size
  • Kind of yoga being practiced

Kinds of yoga mats

Sticky yoga mats. The sticky mat is perhaps the most popular type of yoga mat today. It is a good choice for beginners or someone who doesn’t do yoga on a regular basis. They are also inexpensive and readily available. 

Rubber yoga mats. Rubber mats are durable and are made from rubber trees, although these mats can also be manufactured synthetically. These mats have been proven to be environmentally sustainable, durable and may come in a variety of thicknesses. Rubber mats may exhibit strong odor, which some individuals find unpleasant. These mats easily break down when left under the sun and are a bit more costly.

Cotton yoga mats. These mats are great for yoga types that produce a lot of sweat like Ashtanga and Bikram. Cotton mats are able to absorb moisture and prevent slipping. But students should take caution as these cotton mats may slide on a hard floor resulting to potential injury.

Travel yoga mats. These portable and lightweight yoga mats are perfect for people who travel often. These mats are designed to be thin, offer little or no cushioning and can be used on carpeted surfaces or over towels and blankets.

Choosing a yoga mat will depend largely on your personal requirements and the kind of yoga you are doing. With so many yoga mats available in the market today, there is a yoga mat that fits every yoga student.


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