Buyer’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Yoga Mats
If you take your yoga classes seriously then one gear is an absolute must and that’s a yoga mat and it’s no longer just one colored PVC mat that’s available. It’s 21st century people and yoga mats have evolved. Now there’s a yoga mat for every type of yoga and every need.
There are mats perfect for the traveling yogi, the newbie, nature-conscious yogi etc. Let’s take a deeper look at these different mats.
1. Rubber mats
If you’re all about protecting the nature, then these types of mats are exactly what you’d want. Natural rubber mats were one of the first eco-friendly mats to be introduced because of their non-toxic and recyclable nature.
These mats come with adequate stickiness and cushioning to provide you support even when performing the toughest of poses like the downward dog etc.
2. Cotton or hemp Mats
Another type of eco-friendly yoga mats is cotton or hemp mats. Due to their smooth texture, these mats provide enough cushioning to protect your joints and muscles and are also good sweat absorbers. Also, these mats are simpler to clean.
For longer durability opt for hemp mats. These mats and manufactured using hemp yarns that are thicker and firmer and have greater elasticity and tensile strength. These mats are also better sweat absorbers as compared to cotton or rubber mats.
Last of the mats on the eco-friendly bandwagon is the jute mats. These mats are made of pure natural material i.e. jute fibers which are biodegradable in nature. These mats are great sweat absorbers and thus ideal for hot yoga.
They also provide the required amount of thickness and stickiness for newbies worried about any slip or trip while performing a tougher pose. Maintaining jute mats is simpler too.
4. Travel Mats
Love to a travel around the world but hate to miss out on your yoga sessions? Well, with a travel yoga mat, you’ll no longer have that as an excuse. These mats are thinner and lightweight which makes it easier to fold and carry in your travel backpacks.
Also, most of these mats come with their own carry bags. They offer the right amount of stickiness and traction for even the toughest of poses but aren’t ideal for daily use due to the lack of thickness.
5. PVC mats
If you’re novice yogi looking for a mat on a budget, PVC mats are ideal options and will cost you around $10-$15. They are known to provide the maximum stickiness which is ideal for any newbie looking to make their sessions safe and secure.
The problem with these mats is that they aren’t eco-friendly and manufactured using non-recyclable materials that release toxic chemicals and carcinogens during manufacture. Also, they do not offer the durability of the above-mentioned mats.
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