Have you ever gone shopping for a yoga mat and been overwhelmed by the many options? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one who feels this way. Picking the right yoga mat may seem like a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the many options out there, you’re bound to find the perfect mat(ch)!
So how do you choose one? Read on and find out.
Think about size
Where do you usually take your yoga mat? If you travel often with your mat, you might consider getting a smaller and more portable mat. This will be lighter and easier to bring on the plane. If you do yoga at home, a normal sized or even larger yoga mat might be a better option so you can comfortably do all your poses. Yoga can be done anywhere at anytime, so pick what best suites your lifestyle.
You want to be comfortable during yoga, and the thickness of the mat plays a large role in this. This really comes down to personal preference; one option isn’t better than the other. A thicker mat will have more cushion and make poses such as pigeon or boat pose less painful. However, this means there will be added weight to your mat. A thinner mat allows you to feel the ground more in your practice, a connection some consider to be very important. Thinner mats are also more portable and convenient.
The material your yoga mat is made from determines its durability, eco-friendliness, and grip strength.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
This is the most common yoga mat material, and for good reason. It’s extremely durable, which means you won’t have to replace your yoga mat as often. It’s easy to clean, provides cushion with strong gripping, and is latex-free. However, PVC is not biodegradable, making it a less environmentally friendly option.
TPE (thermoplastic elastomer)
These mats are more environmentally friendly than PVC mats; in fact, some of them can be fully recyclable. They tend to be less durable than PVC mats, but you’ll still get good support and traction.
These mats come from several sources such as natural rubber or organic cotton. They tend to have less grip and the least durability out of all the options; however, these are great for the eco conscious crowd. If sustainability is a priority for you, the earth will love you for purchasing an ecofriendly mat.
Find the color/pattern you love
You most likely won’t have a large collection of yoga mats like the collection of clothes in your closet, so make sure you pick one that you love. What color best suites you? Does a blue mat calm you down, or do you want a yellow mat that brightens up your mood?
Once you’ve got the color set, think about if you want a pattern. Do you want to go simple with a solid color, or do you like the extra fun a pattern brings? If you like patterned mats, pick a pattern that isn’t overwhelming and universal for many years. It might seem silly to be picky about how your yoga mat looks, but it’s always a great bonus when you love the mat you’re doing yoga on.
Which mat do you think suites your yoga lifestyle best? Share with us by tweeting @yogatailor or in the comments below.
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