6 Things To Know Before Buying Your Next Yoga Mat
Maybe you’re ready to join the millions that have already discovered the joys and benefits of yoga. Or maybe you’re done with your boring old yoga mat and looking for one to replace it. Either way, here are few things to consider before purchasing your next yoga mat:
Have you ever caught yourself sliding trying to maintain a yoga pose? When shopping for your yoga mat, make sure to consider grip. Are your palms sliding around? Do you find yourself clinging to your mat with all your might as it slides around the studio floor? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then you need a different mat. One with more grip. If you’ve found a yoga mat that you adore because, well, it’s adorable but it’s slippery, don’t worry! You can use chalk (like rock climbing chalk) or roll the yoga mat on outdoor concrete to get rid of the slippery surface of a new yoga mat.
Make sure your yoga mat is padded enough for you...
If you’re just starting out, it’s going to take a bit of time to build up some strength. For newbies, it’s important that you have the right amount of padding to help build joint and muscle strength and help prevent injury. Using a flimsy yoga mat can really wreak havoc on your wrists and ankles.
… But avoid foamy mats
Thick, foamy mats are better for gym work or napping, not yoga. You can go overboard when it comes to padding.
Know what your yoga mat is made of
Some yoga mats (especially cheap ones from big-name retail stores) are full of PVCs, toxic plastic with carcinogens in it. Your yoga mat is something you’re going to spend a bit of intimate time with. Make sure it’s made of natural products that aren’t going to cause you harm.
Don’t be afraid to splurge
A high quality yoga mat is worth the extra few dollars. Avoid cheap mats - they’ll wear out faster, are bad for the environment, are usually thin and flimsy (which can lead to injury), and may contain carcinogens.
Choose a fun yoga mat
Like other things in life, you’re more likely to use a yoga mat that reflects your personality and style. Plus, you might want something nice to look at when you’re staring down during downward dog. Opt for a brightly-colored or patterned yoga mat that’s going to encourage you to go to yoga to show it off.