How To Choose The Right Yoga Mat For You?–You’ve decided you need to upgrade to a better yoga mat. Good for you! You want to get more serious about your yoga practice, but are unsure about what type of mat to buy. Here are some tips that will help you figure out what type of mat is best suited for your needs.
1) Establish Where You Will Be Using The Mat
If you will be using the yoga mat at home, you will not need to worry about the weight of the mat. Which is great, because then you can get a good quality mat, that is sturdy and provides great grip.
Why do you need a heavy mat? Well the heavier the mat, the more stability it will bring to your practice. With lighter mats, there is a higher tendency for it to move around when stepping forward and back.
Why do you need great grip? Because you don’t want to be slipping all over your mat, especially when you haven’t even started sweating yet! Hence, a natural rubber mat would be a good choice for a home practice mat.
If you need a mat to take to your yoga class, then something lighter will be more practical. However, there is a difference between a light yoga mat and a travel mat. A travel mat usually denotes a mat that you can fold, which is much thinner than a lightweight mat. Although practical to be able to fold your mat, a thin mat does not provide much cushioning.
2) Decide If You Prefer Convenience Over Cushioning
Generally, yoga mats should not be too thick. More than 5-6mm is considered an exercise mat. Exercise mats are better for activities like Pilates or general fitness workouts. A yoga mat should not be too thick, because if your mat is too think it will be hard to balance on. And it doesn’t provide a good base for your wrists. In yoga, you put a lot of weight on your hands, so if you are unable to ground your hands properly, it will be inevitable that you develop a strain on your wrists.
A travel mat is generally less than 2mm thick. This enables the mat to be folded. Which is great when traveling, but may not provide the support you need. Therefore, a travel mat may not be practical on a regular basis. However, you could use it as a hygiene barrier to be placed above yoga studio mats — if your yoga studio provides yoga mats.
Once you decide if you prefer cushioning or a foldable mat, it will be easier for you to narrow down the type of mat for you. (Or you may discover that you need both!)
MADANA Yoga Lifestyle offers a variety of yoga mats to suit your needs. Find the right one for you at www.madana.com or drop by our showroom by appointment to try out some mats.
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