Yoga mats are specially fabricated mats used as an aid during the practice of hatha yoga and asanas, also for meditation, pilates, stretching and many other types of exercise. These mats are also known as non-spil mats as they stick to the floor and keep the body stable during asanas and practice. The materials the contemporary mats are made are: PVC ( polyvinyl chloryde ), TPE (thermoplastic elastomer), EVA ( ethylene vinyl acetate or evapren ) and NBR ( nitrile butadiene rubber, also called synthetic rubber and you can see it and its trade names - Nipol, Krynac and Europrene). Striving for ecological production launched and mats containing jute, wool and other natural materials. In the past, asanas in India were performed directly on wood flooring or on solid ground , and bedding were of leather from deer or tiger. Since these materials are hard to find and are very expensive, today almost no one uses them , even in India. Yoga spread in Western Europe and in the middle of the 80s the yoga teacher Angela Farmer with the help of her father first offered non-slip yoga mats in Europe. The pioneer in the industrial scale production of sticky mats is the company U.S. Hugger Mugger Yoga Products, known for its TAPAS yoga mat presented at the end of the 80s of the 20th century.
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