What is the best yoga mat for fitness?
The choice of a yoga mat is probably the most troublesome thing for yoga beginners. It is also a question I am often asked by students during the teaching process. I hesitated for a long time when I wanted to buy the first yoga mat. Yoga mats will not only come into contact with our skin, but a suitable yoga mat can make people feel comfortable and safe during practice. Different yoga mats have different functions and suitable people, so you really have to choose carefully. Today, I will share the steps and key points of a selection. As for which brand to choose, it is still according to your own budget and preferences! The use of yoga mats should be based on my own experience. The following only provides my own experience, which may not be suitable for everyone.
Five steps for choosing a yoga mat:
Step 1: Yoga mat material
Common yoga mat materials: One-time analysis of PVC, NBR, TPE, NR:
PVC polyvinyl chloride is one of the most commonly used yoga mat materials. The advantages are cheap and durable. The elasticity and slip resistance of the cushion are also moderate. Great for beginners!
NBR synthetic rubber, mostly used in rehabilitation pads, is light in weight, soft and elastic. But also because it is too soft, it will be unstable to stand, and it will be slippery when it encounters water.
NR natural rubber, natural material, good elasticity, good anti-slip effect, the disadvantage is heavier weight and high price.
TPE thermoplastic elastomer, light weight, suitable for carrying, good elasticity, the disadvantage is that it is easy to deform when exposed to high temperature, so it cannot be exposed to direct sunlight for a long time.
Of course, no matter what kind of material you choose, you must pay attention to whether it is marked with 'non-toxic' and 'environmentally harmless
If you practice for a while, or have special requirements for the quality of the yoga mat, and want more precise and stable movements, NR yoga mats, rubber mats, and linen mats are definitely the first choice! Yoga mats made of this type of material have good slip resistance, grip, and elasticity, and you don’t have to worry about the yoga mat shifting even if you practice more difficult positions.
Step 2: What type of yoga class are you taking?
If the yoga class is of a more gentle or stretching type, or a more static yoga class such as sitting and lying (for example: stretching yoga, healing yoga, yin yoga, etc.), pay attention to ' Thickness”, as the relaxation yoga can stay longer, and for some people, a yoga mat that is too thin can be uncomfortable due to the contact of the body with the floor when sitting or kneeling. If it is yoga with probation, the basic model is enough. It is recommended to choose a yoga mat with a size of 5mm or more.
If the type of yoga class is more dynamic, with more hand balance, or a lot of downward dog, jump through, standing balance or hands on the ground (eg Ashtanga Yoga, Flow Yoga) , there are two key points: 'no slippage
Anti-slip: The anti-slip on both sides is very important. The anti-slip on the front should ensure that the hand will not slip, and the anti-slip on the reverse side is to ensure that the mat has sufficient grip.
Do not be too thick or too soft: too thick will make it difficult to balance, too soft, it is easy to slip or twist when doing hand-on-the-ground movements, it is recommended to be within 5mm
Step 3: Do you sweat easily?
People with sweaty hands should pay special attention to the anti-slip on the front. This part is more difficult to give advice, most people buy online, and because everyone's feelings are too different.
Yoga towels cannot replace yoga mats, they should be placed on yoga mats, which are not only non-slippery but also more hygienic.
Step 4: Do you want to keep your yoga mat at home, or do you often take it out?
Of course, there are no perfect yoga mats, usually with strong grip, slip resistance, and strong
If you often go out with a yoga mat, it is recommended to choose a lighter one. Power out! Or if you already have mats in your yoga classroom, but you feel unsanitary or unusable, you can buy a thinner yoga mat or yoga towel like this and put them on it.
Step 5: Try it out on site!
The trial of a yoga mat is really important. After all, everyone's skin quality, practice condition, experience, and sweat level are different, so everyone's feelings on the same mat will be very different. The difference is that you have to use it yourself to be the most accurate.
There is no such thing as the best mat, only the one that suits you best.
I hope this article will help you who are choosing a mat, choose a mat you like, and let it accompany you to practice well.
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