12 March 2020

Finding The Perfect Yoga Mat For You

By Angela Booth

Yoga is deeply relaxing, as well as energizing, and you can do it anywhere. One of the most popular questions for anyone new to yoga is: "What's the best kind of yoga mat for me?"

There are many different kinds of yoga mats from which you can choose. Many are made from polyester latex and have a slip-resistant surface. "Sticky" mats, which have a textured synthetic surface, are also very popular. Practitioners of styles like Ashtanga yoga and Bikram yoga often prefer to use both a sticky mat and a rug, placing the rug over the sticky mat.

Of course, you don't need to buy a yoga mat if you don't want to: you can just use a thick towel, or a rug as your yoga mat.

Your choice of yoga mat is also influenced by where you'll be exercising.

Where Will You Do Your Yoga Exercises?
If you're doing your yoga in front of the TV on a carpeted floor, you can just use a thick towel or a folded blanket. On the other hand, if you're taking lessons at a yoga studio, it's awkward to carry a blanket, so ring the studio before you start, and ask what kind of mat they recommend. They may even sell yoga mats. Sticky and other mats are often sold with a carrier, so you can sling the mat over your shoulder on your way to practice.

Eco Yoga Mats For a Cleaner Environment
In the past few years, environmentally conscious types of yoga mats have become popular. The older styles of mats are made from PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride). Since the manufacture of PVC releases toxins into the atmosphere, "eco" mats have been created from materials like cotton, jute, and rubber.

So the kind of yoga mat you choose is up to you. Have fun with your yoga. It's your time to refresh, relax, and be with yourself. Of the many different types of yoga mats, you'll find the perfect one for you.

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