What to look for when buying a yoga mat?

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When deciding to buy a mat, pay attention to a few additional elements that will increase the comfort of exercise and allow you to fit it perfectly to your needs

Technical parameters

The first thing to look at is the technical requirements of the mat. This range of terms includes thickness, the material it is made of, its grip, size and weight. The issue of thickness is primarily tailored to the weight of the yogini and the type of exercise she will be doing on it. The most common thickness varies between 3 mm and 5 mm. The question of thickness is also related to the overall weight of the equipment, which is especially important if the classes are to be held away from home, and therefore the transport of the mat is required

The material of construction and its adhesion are dependent on the needs of the athlete and the type of yoga practiced. Among the most popular materials used in the production of yoga mats are microfiber, PVC, cotton, rubber, natural cork or polyurethane. Each of these materials is characterized by a different grip, so before buying one, it is advisable to carefully check its properties while practicing.

Style of yoga

The technical parameters of the mat are inextricably linked to the type of yoga practiced, so before buying the equipment it is worth checking carefully which types of mats are designed for specific styles of sport. Experts emphasize that the most difficult choice will concern beginners. In the first stages of yoga training, it is common to try different styles, so the first mat should be chosen from a group of materials that are the most versatile

More experienced yogis will be able to determine whether their domain is static yoga (rubber or PVC mats will be perfect) or dynamic yoga, in which more durable mats with high anti-slip parameters will be better. Another important issue when determining the style of yoga is the intensity of training, as sweat can strongly affect the comfort of using the equipment. If the planned activities may involve intense exertion, it is worth taking care of a material that absorbs moisture and is resistant to this type of exercise elements

Individual preferences of the athlete

The final element to look at when choosing a yoga exercise mat is the athlete’s individual preferences. This aspect includes the issue of skin allergies, sweating, or physical limitations that may hinder the workout. Ecological and recycling concerns are also interesting issues, as there are many models of mats available in the market that meet the conditions of ecology and care for the environment

Individual preferences also apply to the budget that can be spent on the purchase. The cheapest models can be found for as little as several dozen zlotys, while the most modern and top rated mats can cost even several hundred zlotys. The brands which specialize in the production of equipment intended for exercises are also important. When deciding to buy a professional mat, it is worth to get to know the market thoroughly and use a company that specializes in such products. The last element that is important when choosing equipment is its design. A wide selection allows you to choose the design, color and even the shape of the yoga mat.

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