4 Essential Tips for Choosing a Yoga Mat

After a subscriber read my blog post https://queenshevisions.com/creative-living/how-to-meditate/, the subscriber sent me an email with information about the importance of purchasing the best yoga mat to better your practice and overall class experience.  As a sort of beginner yoga student, I simply purchased a yoga mat that was on sale and looked pretty.  I never took out the time to research the best mat for me.  I didn’t know it mattered.  After reading the information provided from A. Siegfried with Reviews.com, I realized that I needed to purchase a 2018 yoga mat that fits ME.  I hope this information will be beneficial to you too.

One of the most essential items throughout your yoga journey is your mat. The right ones can help you grow and perfect your practice, while the wrong ones can stand in the way of a person really connecting with their mind and body. They can cause you to slip, get bunched up, or hurt from being too thin.

Whether you’re looking for your first mat or just wanting to try something new, the team at Reviews.com determined that there are a few things to consider when finding a mat that’s right for you:


  1. Ask the Question – Do I need a mat?

Of equal importance is the question of whether or not a yoga mat is even necessary for practice. Some yogis may opt to go without a mat, which may facilitate the most seamless experience.   Be advised that the environment you’re in will impact that choice. If you’re participating in a group class, it is often safest to use a mat to maintain one’s personal space and avoid injury.

  1. Materials

Popular options today are made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which tends to work well in normal classes. You may opt for a more eco-friendly material or simply prefer the feel of a more natural mat.

  1. Design and Texture

There are seemingly infinite design details when looking for a mat.  While these options are up to personal preference, texture can actually be quite important.  Imagine how the surface of the mat might feel at both the beginning and end of class (before and after sweat)

  1. Thickness and Density

Yoga incorporates a lot of balance, so a mat should be thick enough to cushion you from the ground but not so thick that it makes it hard to balance. Mats can range from 1/16” – 1/4”.  The thinner mats tend to be popular for those who like to connect with the ground and thicker for those who prefer more cushion.

To read the entire article released by Reviews.com and to see mats that they recommend, take a look here: http://www.reviews.com/best-yoga-mat/.  It will take you in-depth on which factors will work best for your needs.

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