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A Guide for Selecting the Appropriate Yoga Mat

Sep. 07, 2021

When you want to practice yoga, yoga mats can make us feel comfortable and relaxed. The most important thing is to make us persevere better and achieve the purpose of our practice. So how to select the appropriate yoga mat?

 

Yoga Mat

Yoga Mat

Material Selection

 

Natural Rubber

Advantages: The raw material of this yoga mat is natural, so it is healthy and environmentally friendly; the natural texture and open-pore structure on the surface can help absorb water, so it has a good anti-dry or wet effect.

Disadvantages: The smell is heavy when you first buy it; the open-pored structure easily absorbs stains and needs to be cleaned frequently.

 

TPE

Advantages: Yoga mats made of TPE have high elasticity. Moreover, this yoga mat has good anti-skid properties regardless of whether it is wet or dry; it is environmentally friendly, and some products can be completely recycled.

Disadvantage: Compared with the yoga mat made of PVC material, the durability is worse.

 

PVC

Advantages: good durability, low raw material cost, so the price is relatively low, and it is also a relatively common yoga mat currently used. The yoga mat made of PVC does not contain latex, which is suitable for people allergic to latex. Because this material has poor absorbency, it is easy to clean.

Insufficiency: Because the material has poor absorption, it has good slip resistance in dry conditions, but for those who sweat a lot, it has poor slip resistance. Moreover, plastic products cannot be degraded naturally.

 

Cotton

Advantages: The yoga mat made of cotton and linen is skin-friendly, gentle and non-irritating, and is the first choice for those who love traditional weaving crafts. And it is easy to clean.

Disadvantages: The yoga mat made of cotton and linen has a poor grip effect and is limited to yoga classes or meditation exercises with few movements, which is relatively small.

 

EVA

Advantages: cheap

Insufficient: Yoga mats made of EVA have poor elasticity and poor anti-slip effects. And EVA is mostly used in the manufacture of shoe soles, which has a heavier odor.

 

At present, the most suitable yoga mat for novices: TPE (thermoplastic rubber) yoga mat, which is a relatively high-end environmentally friendly material. It has better taste and safety, has elasticity comparable to natural rubber, and is recyclable. At the same time, TPE is light in weight, easy to carry, has good toughness and performs well in terms of resilience and slip resistance.

 

Thickness Selection

Don't be too entangled in the choice of thickness. Yoga mats on the market are available from 1mm to 15mm, generally 6mm-10mm can be selected; those with good cushioning resistance can choose thinner ones; those with weak joints can also add a towel. But do not choose too thick for safety, because too thick yoga mat is not conducive to exerting strength and controlling the body.

 

 

 

Size Selection

 

Beginner (6mm-8mm): This is the most suitable thickness for beginners. Yoga is a balance-oriented exercise. A mat that is too thick is not easy to perceive the ground and it is not easy to maintain balance. This stage allows you to fully perceive the ground and give you effective protection.

 

Senior (3mm-5mm): Yoga mats of this thickness are less protective and can deepen their perception of the ground.

 

High-level (1.5mm-3mm): Thin yoga mats are not usually used, it is mainly a foldable yoga mat, which is easy to carry. Simply put, a yoga mat of this thickness can be taken to class and travel.

 

Summary

Beginners can choose according to the material. Yoga mats made of TPE and PVC are recommended to use a medium thickness of 6-8mm, and natural rubber is recommended to use about 4mm.


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