The Main Criteria for Choosing the Right Yoga Mats

First of all, you should remember that a mat for yoga should be individual like a toothbrush, hygienic lipstick or a comb. When buying yoga mats, do not save on a quality of the product because a yoga mat made of quality material absorbs sweat well, and at the same time is pleasant to exercise on. Choose natural material only. And what about the price? Alas, the rule also works here: the more natural a yoga mat, the more expensive it is.

What is the difference between a synthetic material and a quality material?

  1. Synthetics is not durable and it will serve you for a few months, not longer. It is possible to buy such a yoga mat for beginners, but for the experienced yogis it is better to buy a yoga mat made of natural material which will serve for years.
  2. Synthetic material does not hold shape. After 5-7 lessons such yoga mats will become thin, rubbed and stretched.
  3. Synthetic material slips. Without a reliable support it is difficult to relax and open the chakras. Yoga mats made of rough PVC have a good grip, so give the preference to this material.

However, the best mat is made of rubber with the addition of jute. Such a yoga mat

  1. is not electrified;
  2. does not slip;
  3. does not let the cold from the floor;
  4. does not keep bad smell.

Yoga mats made of cotton or polyester (material feels like cotton) are designed for hatha yoga. This is the best eco-option for those who want to achieve a balance of energy.

From the budget option, you can choose yoga mats made of thermoplastic elastomer. They are light, soft, keep shape, do not burn out in the sun and are resistant to frost. Their service life is from 4 years and longer.

For the outdoor meditation pick suitable mats made of PVC - they perfectly tolerate salty waves, sun and sand. But yoga mats made of rubber are ideal for the indoor activities.

Experienced yogis choose a yoga mat with the addition of natural jute fibers. Such a mat is heavy, but durable.

How thick should a yoga mat be?

The thicker, the more reliable. It is more convenient to put an elbow or knee on the thick yoga mat. Such yoga mats will not let the cold from the floor. This is especially important in shavasana and long meditations, when it is necessary to focus not on external discomfort, but on internal processes.

The ideal thickness for the rug is 4.5-6 mm.

Attention: the standard width of the meditation bed is 60 cm. It is suitable for most fans of Indian culture. For those who are a bit overweight, there are products with a width of 80 cm.

How long should be a yoga mat - its optimal length?

  1. 183 cm is the most acceptable length;
  2. 200-220 cm – this length is suitable if you decide to choose a yoga mat for ashtanga;
  3. 170-175 cm - is convenient only for those whose height is less than 160 cm.

Tip:

To determine if the length is suitable or not, add 10 cm to your height. This will be optimal for you. In case of incorrect choice of yoga mats, the head or legs will be on the floor during the yoga lesson.

Do not wash yoga mats with soap or detergent. It is possible to do with the majority of other workout equipment but for yoga mats. The detergent is absorbed into the material and it is difficult to rinse. Soap remains, mixing with sweat, during training, which can lead to slipping. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth or spirit.