New to yoga and not sure what mat is best for your practice? Believe it or not, a mat can make a real difference to your yoga session and with so many mat options available, it’s hard for a beginner to know what to look for in the perfect mat. Some factors include:
– Does it have enough grip to stop you from slipping?
– Is it thick enough to protect your knees?
– Is it closed cell to stop it getting smelly?
– Does brand matter?
So, what do you look for when purchasing a mat for your new yoga practice?
1. Make sure the surface has enough grip – especially for hot yoga classes. Grip is important so you may need to do some practical research here. Ask friends, check out the people around you in class, chat to your Yoga instructor for recommendations. Don’t persevere with a mat if you continually slip on it as it will affect your alignment and safety.
2. Thickness is a personal choice – most mats are between 4mm and 6mm, you want to feel supported and cushioned but also ensure that you have ‘feedback’ from the floor. You need to build your practice and your confidence from the ground up. Thick fitness mats will give you no feedback and will over challenge your balance.
3. Choose an eco-friendly mat – most mats now are eco-friendly which means they are manufactured using natural materials. A closed cell mat will prevent sweat from seeping into the surface and an anti-microbial agent will prevent bacteria and mold.
4. Size – whilst mats can vary in size, there is a standard 180mm X 66mm sizing that suits the standard body
5. Price – a good mat is a great investment – expect to pay between $60 and $120 for your perfect mat.
We have a selection of YogaBar mats available in Studio – come check them out today!