How To Choose Your Best Yoga Mat
But is your Yoga Mat working for you? Or was it just a quick buy, without much thought going into its selection?
Here’s your 5-minute guide to Yoga Mats. Read on and get the best mat in town, in minutes.
There are a few must-haves in a Yoga Mat. It should be Lightweight, Comfortably-thick (between 1/8th of an inch and ¼ inch), Sweat-absorbent, with a Good grip, Durable, and Suitable for use both at Home and Outdoors. If your current mat is missing on any or many of these pointers, it’s time to think about getting a new one.
You ask why? Well, the purpose of an ideal Yoga Mat is to make your Yoga practice more enjoyable. It should also add to your comfort, rather than hinder it. That’s why, the best mats are lightweight, absorb sweat well, give you the perfect grip for tricky postures, and can be used both in the controlled environs of your home and outdoors, in a park or on a beach.
Accept it, if done right, Yoga can make you sweat more than aerobics. And where does all that perspiration go? Into your Yoga mat, of course! Make sure you clean it thoroughly, either with a wet cloth or directly under running water (read Wash Instructions on your mat carefully). Avoid procrastination and remove all the bacteria and germs on your mat on a bi-weekly basis. Remember how intimate your contact with the mat is? That’s why we can’t stress enough how important proper wash and care of your Yoga mat can be.
Most people will tell you, ‘Oh! Just roll it up and it’s done, when you ask about storage tips for Yoga Mats. Of course, that’s the most obvious advice. But here are some thoughtful details about storing your mat. Do not roll it up too tight (keep the loop loose enough) to avoid weakening its fibers. Any place and angle are good, but if you can, stash it inside a cupboard, horizontally (as against vertically) for increased longevity.
In the end, Yoga is about holistic healing and exercising your body inside out. A Yoga Mat in bright colours, with a superior, non-slip grip and appropriate thickness, is just the answer to all your workout needs. Remember, if you enjoy it, even exercise becomes fun.
So, take pleasure in your Yoga practice and make friends with your mat!