Yoga Mats: 5 good-things-to-knowYour first yoga mat. You usually buy them when you're hooked. in other words; You are fond of yoga and following lessons.
The mats in the studio are fine. But its own mat is also pleasant and hygienic. My first yoga mat I bought in a drugstore. In the discount corner. Not very expensive, beautiful turquoise color. I still remember my first mat. I was very happy with my profitable purchase. When I told fellow yogis about my new mat, I soon learned that I might be looking for another yoga mat in the near future. Why? Because there are a lot of things you can look out for.
The thickness of the mat is very important since you hold some yoga shapes longer sometimes. This is the case for instance with Yin Yoga, a yoga style where you can take yoga postures for a long time. You have mats ranging between 4 and 6 mm. Important to watch out for when you are an avid Yin yoga practitioner.
The grip on a yoga mat is especially important to not glide away with your hands or feet during yoga postures. This is especially noticeable if, for example, you get moist hands of sweat. A mat with good grip, really makes the difference. Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga are, for example, styles where good grip is very important.
They can be made from different materials. Today, of course, it is also important whether they are manufactured on a sustainable basis. There are several brands on the market, which make durable mats of natural PVC. This material is durable and therefore lasts a long time >, 10 years. The grip is fantastic and for all types of yoga to use. There are also mats made of natural rubber. The lifespan of these mats is about 5 years. The material is very rough, which can be very difficult for ‘ gliding ‘. Think of, for example, yoga postures, which flow smoothly. Personally, the smell of rubber is not very pleasant. The opinions are divided over it, the strong ‘ rubber smell ‘ will eventually also wear off. It is also possible to combine materials. For example the combination of natural rubber or PVC with environmentally friendly polyurethane.
There is no argument about taste. And the same also applies to colour. In yoga, it is about living/feeling in the moment. A color in which you felt comfortable five years ago can currently not feel right at all. Follow your intuition when choosing a color.
There are many different yoga brands, which make beautiful mats, with all good qualities.
–Liforme; Very fine mats, they have done a lot of research into the combination: 100% grip and 100% eco/sustainable. These mats are not cheap; 129.50 EUR. There are also lines on these mats, to support your yogapractice; AlignForMe. And there is the possibility to choose a broader and/or longer yoga mat. Standard size: Length: 185 cm, Width: 68 cm.
–Manduka; Also has very fine traditionally rugged rubber mats. READ: Heavy quality. This is or was in the transport to and from a studio still heavy. Manduka has lighter mats in the assortment. For example the Manduka prolite: 68.50 EUR.
-Lulu Lemon; has very fine ‘ sticky ‘ mats. This brand has a so-called ‘ reversible mat ‘ of 5 mm (quite thick, so very fine for hips, knees) in the assortment. This mat can be used on both sides, during a different yoga routine. Disadvantage Oil, grease and-sweat stains remain visible spots. And if you accidentally scratch your mat with your nail, this is a lasting streak. The reversible mat you buy for 60.00 EUR.
-Love generation; Has fine yoga mats for not much money. They say that these mats can be washed in the washing machine, at even 60 degrees! Anti-slip and sticky is in the properties. My own experience says that you must be a real anti-skid at other yoga brands. Prima Beginnersmat, for only 22.50!
For cleaning all kinds of yoga mats is actually the same. Do not clean with harsh cleaning products. Preferably clean with a ‘ green ‘ soapy water or just lukewarm water. It is also advised to clean up with a tea tree oil. I personally do not recommend using this with the Lulu Lemon mats, since oil slicks remain visible on this.