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How to choose the right yoga mat for me?

       Years ago there was only one basic type of PVC mats and the only choice was between two different colors. Now there is a mat for each type of yoga according to your preferences. Besides the color and design that fit your style, your yoga mat is good to help you be stable in the performance of yoga poses, easily removable and carried, to be comfortable and to create a sense of comfort. Perhaps you would like the mat to be environment friendly and recyclable. These characteristics are determined by the way its production, what thickness is what material it was made, what is the texture of the surfaces.
You can use this guide to find your special yoga mat that will make you happy, because it fits best in your yoga practice, your priorities, lifestyle, values and budget.
No matter what they say to you in the shop, this is the mat that fits exactly to you!
1. Thickness
Why is it important? The thickness of your yoga mat has a lot to do with how comfortable it will be for you - if it is too thin, it will kill you on your knees in some knee postures such as Chandra asana. If it is too thick, for example 6 mm, the harder you will feel contact with the floor and feel unstable at Tree asana for example.
Options: standard yoga mat with 3-4 mm thick, while the one with the greatest thickness is 6.5 mm. There are mats, thin wafer called "travel", which are about 2 mm. They fold easily and do not weigh much, as easily be carried in a suitcase.
Guidelines when buying: Decide what storage you have, how important that is easily carried and comfort-ratio contact with the floor for sensitive parts of the body - knees, ankles, pate. If you have less storage space, walk walk a long distance to the yoga studio and you need a thin pad in asanas option for you is the thickness of 3 mm.
If you do not interfere with wearing and storing heavier mat to secure more softening, consider premium yoga mat thickness 4.5-6 mm.
If it is mandatory for you to be able to fold your yoga mat in a suitcase or bag, got a folding bed with a thickness of 2 mm.
Buy now:
Yoga mat with extra thickness - 6 mm - Yoga mat Ganges, Yoga mat Lotus Pro, Yoga Mat Ashtanga
Standard yoga mat - 4 mm and 4.5 mm - Yoga Mat Asana, Yoga Mat Rishikesh, Yoga mat Jute Pro, Yoga mat Eco Pro, Yoga Mat Samurai Ultra
Thin yoga mat - 3 mm, 2 mm - Yoga Mat Kailash, Yoga mat Yatra, Eco Pro Travel Mat, Samurai Light Yoga Mat
2. Material
Why the material is important? It defines the texture, adhesion, ecology, softness and durability her.
Variants: Most standard yoga mats are made of PVC, also called vinyl. Newer, greener options include natural and recycled rubber, jute, thermoplastic elastomer-TPE, organic cotton or natural cotton (which means that the textile is not treated with synthetic additives during production).
Guidelines for purchase: If you are allergic to latex, avoid buying yoga mats made of natural rubber. If you prefer to stick to verified adhesive mat, yoga mat choose from PVC, which withstand the load for many years. Softness and shock-absorbing effects vary according to the different variants of the materials, but generally PVC and TPE provide the best softness and jute most limited.
In addition to these guidelines, read about the texture, adhesion and ecology, which can also give you guidance in choosing the best for your yoga mat.
Types of mats according to the material:
Natural rubber
Natural cotton
3. Texture
Why texture is important? It defines what grip you will have. As adhesion and texture influence whether and how will drag in asanas. Texture provides a physical barrier to slip, while traction is achieved when the pressure. And because the texture affects the senses, it becomes an important component of a sense of comfort as a whole.
If you're sensitive people, such as the tale of "The Princess and the Pea", each too rough texture will bother you while lying postures as savasana.
The texture can be made according to the taste of the designer or determined by the material itself - jute has a natural rough surface of the fiber, while the PVC, although light structuring the surface feels smooth to the touch.
Variations: There are textures of yoga mats for every taste - from the almost completely smooth in a significantly rougher surfaces.
Guidelines when shopping: If you are looking for yoga mat, non slip, and you want to avoid PVC (the most common fitting mats), look for natural rubber, jute or cotton, which have a slightly rough, furrowed surface. Additional tread provides excellent grip in asanas, no matter how sweaty your hands are or how busy your practice.
If smoothness is of utmost importance to you, PVC yoga mat is your best choice. But if you both have good traction and interest in new, environmentally friendly options, test a few mats before choosing. Some environmental mats may surprise you how good grip provide, although they do not have to touch the feeling of grip.
4. Traction / Grip
Why is this important? A well-fitting bed prevents sliding along the entire room and helps you to be stable during the transition from one posture to another, and when you hold the posture for a few seconds.
Options: PVC and those with natural rubber yoga mats are the highest level of traction as the floor and to the palms and soles.
Guidelines when shopping: If you need support for the retention of the poses, but you do not like rough surfaces can bet of PVC mat. Just remember that these yoga mats adhere best when they are clean. If you notice that your hands slip, clean it and it will adhere better.
5. Environmentally friendly
Why is this important? As practicing yoga, we try to follow the rules ahimsa - non-violence. This leads us to think about the damage that you cause when using materials that can potentially cause contamination during production of yoga mats, as and when disused.
Opportunities: Environmental yoga mats are usually made from natural or recycled rubber and thermoplastic elastomer. These are contained jute or cotton.
Guidelines when purchasing: When ecology is important to you, avoid buying yoga mats of PVC, which is recycled difficult. Bedding made of natural rubber, jute and cotton recycled more easily. Choose a bed that is environmentally friendly with the required thickness for you and has a grooved geometric texture that prevents slipping.
6. Price range
Usually standard mat at the lowest price is 4 mm thick, self-colored, made of PVC material, length 175 or 183 cm, 60 cm wide. Its price is 15 to 30 BGN From up you can choose different textures, designs with or without logo, with greater thickness, with antimicrobial treatment, with different grooving the surface. Environmental mats made of natural rubber and are usually the most expensive, often 80 to 150 BGN is important when you compare prices, watch for what length of the bed talking. Often offer mats from 170-175 cm and the price seems reasonable, but compared to the standard length of 183 cm is more expensive.
7. Personal Style
When you make a choice in terms of thickness, material, texture, grip, environmental and price, there is only one factor: personal style! Choose your favorite color, design or print. Eventually you will watch this bed long time and it's good to like it.
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