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Yoga Mat Buying Tips

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A fitness yoga mat is an exercise mat that is specifically designed to practice yoga on. It is usually thicker than regular fitness mats and you can also practice Pilates on it.

If you are new to the world of yoga, then you may not have the first clue as to how to choose one yoga mat over another. As such, keep these tips in mind when buying a yoga mat to ensure a quality purchase that meets your needs.

First, Consider the thickness of the Yoga mat

The purpose of a yoga mat is to cushion the body for improved comfort during yoga poses.The thickness of the mat can determine how comfortable you will be throughout your exercise and whether you will have a strong connection to the floor. A mat should be thick enough to protect your spine, knees and elbows when making contact to the floor.

If the mat is too thick then your knees may get injured when doing such positions as the crescent lunge. But if your mat is too thin, then you will have a difficult time finding your balance when engaging in poses such as the tree pose. Yoga mats come standard at 1/8 inches thick, but you can find ones both thinner and thicker. The thinner yoga mats are generally for travel, as they are both lighter and less bulky, making them easier to transport.

Second, Finding a Quality Yoga Mat

Beyond thickness, the material that the yoga mat is crafted from can be important.Yoga mats are available in a wide range of retailer stores that sell other sports products, however, quality mats are often difficult to find. Before purchasing a mat, be sure to find one that will be thick enough to support you, is wide and tall enough to fit you in a range of poses, is durable so that it will last longer, sweat absorbent so that you do not get injured, and is easy to clean.

Third, Choosee a Eco-friendliness Yoga Mat

Consider investing in an eco-friendly yoga mat that is made from a renewable source like rubber.

Eco-friendly mats are designed to decompose completely in a landfill, and they don’t contain chemicals that artificially provide stickiness in conventional yoga mats.

In general, a yoga practice which has a lot of vinyasa sequences (movement linked with each breath), is easier with a slip-resistant mat. Also, for Bikram, Ashtanga, Power Yoga or other vigorous practices, consider buying a yoga mat with antibacterial properties, because you’ll probably sweat a lot.

A fitness yoga mat is an exercise mat that is specifically designed to practice yoga on. It is usually thicker than regular fitness mats and you can also practice Pilates on it.

If you are new to the world of yoga, then you may not have the first clue as to how to choose one yoga mat over another. As such, keep these tips in mind when buying a yoga mat to ensure a quality purchase that meets your needs.

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