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How to choose the right Yoga Mat.

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Yoga helps build strength and flexibility, help relieve stress, improve overall mental and physical wellness. Unlike other type of exercises which may require expensive equipment and gym memberships, yoga requires minimal gear to get started. While many of us simply look for a yoga mat that’s on sale or a yoga mat that we find comfortable, there are some more important factors that you should consider selecting a yoga mat. When you are looking for a yoga mat, choosing among various materials, sizes, and thickness can be an overwhelming experience. This blog will cover each of these aspects and should make the decision process a bit simpler.

Material:

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Most standard yoga mats are made of PVC. This material offers stickiness and comfort. PVC is considered toxic, has received criticism for not being environmentally friendly. More environmentally friendly options include natural cotton, jute and natural rubber. The cotton yoga mats sometimes called “traditional yoga mats” are thin and eco-friendly. Cotton yoga mats absorbs sweat well and increases grip when wet. They are most commonly used on top of a sticky thin yoga mat especially on slippery floors. Another popular eco-friendly yoga mat is natural rubber yoga mat.  It provides good grip, traction and support.  It is recommended that people with latex allergies do not use natural rubber products. Jute yoga mats are eco-friendly and sustainable like cotton yoga mats. Jute is naturally resistant to bacteria and mildew. The traditional jute yoga mats (with no rubber backing) are commonly used on top of a sticky yoga mat on slippery floors.

Size:

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A standard yoga mat is 24” * 68”. Length can vary from 72, 74 to as long as 84”. The width of the mat is almost always 24. A too short or too narrow yoga mat results in inability to perform full length poses properly. An ideal yoga mat is 74 inches or longer and wide enough that you can put your hands shoulder width apart comfortably. It should also provide enough room for you to transition from one pose to another without having to step off the mat.

Thickness:

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A standard yoga mat is about 1/8 inch thick, thickest is about ¼ inch. Travel yoga mats are a mere 1/16 inch thick. Thicker yoga mats provide extra cushioning to enable full relaxation and are best for restorative or therapeutic practices. Thicker yoga mats makes it harder to maintain connection with the floor and feel unstable while doing balancing poses. Too much cushion will make balancing poses difficult. If your yoga mat is too thin, disadvantage is you are going to be uncomfortable holding any pose in which your hands, feet, knees touch the ground. But you are going to look at the portability of your mat in case you travel a lot. A decent amount of cushion helps maintain better balance, so you can move from one pose to another comfortably. Many other factors such as where you practice yoga (hardwood floor, carpet) and what kind of practice you do (hatha, hot yoga, and restorative) can help you choose the right yoga mat thickness for your specific needs.

Hope this information will help you choose the right yoga mat for you. Here is the link to view our eco- friendly selection of yoga mats.

http://www.ecosamsara.com/products/yoga-rugs/traditional-cotton-yoga-rug-detail

http://www.ecosamsara.com/products/yoga-mats/natural-jute-mat-detail

 

 

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