What You Should Consider Before Buying a Yoga Mat

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What You Should Consider Before Buying a Yoga Mat

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Yoga is fantastic for keeping oneself fit and healthy. But it is difficult to practice yoga without a good mat. When buying a new mat you need to consider a some different things

  1. Proper Grip

A mat should have the proper grip to avoid the slipping and sliding. You should also check the texture of the mat. Try to avoid buying PVC or sticky yoga mats and look to buy the cotton or jute, or rubber type yoga mats. When you have a suitable texture and grip, it will help you hold your position

  1. Thickness

Your mat should neither be thick nor thin. If it is too thick then you will not be steady which is an important element in yoga. On the other hand, if it is thin then you have the possibility of injuring yourself. The 3 main thickness you can look at when purchasing a new mat, the first is around 1/8 inch-thick, then ¼ inch thick, it then goes down to 1/16 inch thick.  The mat should be designed with an appropriate thickness in order to have the comfort and stability while performing all yoga poses.

  1. Size

The size of the mat should be big enough that a person can comfortably perform all their desired yoga movements. Some require sitting, some lying on the mat and some standing. Therefore, your mat should allow you to perform all such types of positions with comfortably

  1. Texture

If you’re looking for a yoga mat that stops you from slipping and you’d want to avoid PVC mats (the normal sticky yoga mats), try to find a jute, rubber, or cotton yoga mat that has a raised shape. The additional texture and grip will assist in helping you stay in one.

  1. Material

The material is vital element when it comes to buying the mat. You should purchase the a high quality yoga mat as they are made up of modern material which provides comfort and support. The materials used are rubber, foam and elastomer that are perfect for yoga movements. Don’t compromise with the quality of the mat. If it is made from low-quality materials then it will wear out quickly and you have no choice but to throw the mat.

  1. Washable in Machine

Make sure you choose a mat with top quality materials so that you can comfortably throw it in the washing machine after a sweaty session.


Normally you will find that, plain solid-color PVC yoga mat that is a 1/8-inch-thick, will be on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. You will also find that you will have to pay more for logos and pretty designs; some yoga mat has a premium thickness which also include antimicrobial treatments; and cooling textures. You will find that environmentally friendly mats will be priced at the higher end of the spectrum

  1. Eco Friendly

Go green and avoid buying a mat that is harmful to the environment. Some mats are made up of materials such as PVC, which is a toxic plastic. Thus, choosing the mat which is environmentally friendly will have myriad benefits for you it  won’t be  an issue for the environment.

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