If you’ve been doing yoga for a while, you might need a new mat to up your game. If you’re a newcomer, you might not know where to start with the yoga mat. While a pretty looking yoga mat is half the battle, you’ll also need to pay attention to elements that will make your practice a lot more comfortable.
Are you buying your first, second, or 100th yoga mat? We compiled a few pointers to make buying your next yoga mat a breeze.
One of the most important factors to consider when buying a mat is the stickiness. If you have a yoga instructor you regularly see, ask them if they have any recommendations that can help you make your choice. If you choose to buy online and you see reviews saying your intended yoga mat is slippery, stay away from making the purchase, especially if you’re a newcomer or don’t want to buy grip socks in addition to your yoga mat. The surface of the mat is integral, especially where you intend to practice fast-paced yoga.
An average yoga mat is ¼ thick, and your choice should be based on your needs. Some people opt for thinner mats because it’s much easier to roll them up and travel with them. If you have sensitive joints, go for a thicker mat. Because it’s often plush and offers a bit more comfort and balance, most students go for thick mats. If you’re just starting out and not sure what will be most appropriate for you, a ¼ mat is more than ideal.
Do you have a color that puts you in a good mood all the time? Maybe you really love a certain hobby or artistic inclination you’d like to always be reminded of while you practice yoga. Choose a mat with a design that uplifts you and reminds you of the good moments in your life. This can help inspire you to push on when you are feeling down.
This is super important for our environment! As part of the practice, it’s essential to be aware that our actions have lasting consequences on our environment. So, to help the environment and you, in the long run, make sure to go for an eco-friendly mat made from recycled materials!
If you are grabbing a mat off the rack in a physical store, you should utilize the above tips in choosing the best mat for you. Try it out and do a downward dog on the mat while choosing. If you are ordering online, make sure to read reviews and purchase accordingly.