No matter you are a beginner of yoga or you’ve practiced yoga for years, there is a very important question you need to face, “ What kind of yoga mat is right for me?”
Thanks for the high speed of development of the yoga industry, there are tons of different yoga mats today for us to choose. Different materials and sizes may confuse you so much.
Some experts from Yoga Journal believes it’s all about stickiness, knee support, travel, and Eco-friendliness.
It’s very important to choose a mat with strong stickiness. Slipping and sliding around on your mat isn’t just annoying and distracting, but it can also be dangerous. Mat with the grain on the back side or mat made of some stickiness materials can prevent you from the slip.
The most common thickness for a standard yoga mat is 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch, and a travel yoga mat is usually 1/16 inch. For beginners, it’s better to choose some thick mat because it could protect your knees better. For yogis who practice yoga for years, the thinner mat can help them feel their pose and body more on different types of ground. When you are on a trip, a travel yoga mat is better since it’s easy to fold and carry. If you have some joint problem, it’s better to choose a thick mat, even thicker than 1/4 inch and you should avoid challenging poses.
An eco-friendly yoga mat is typically made from natural or recycled rubber. It may also include natural materials, such as jute or organic cotton. In addition, TPE and PVC are the most used materials to make a yoga mat. TPE is better than PVC as PVC does not break down in landfills and is difficult and costly to recycle.