Have you started doing yoga or planning to do so? Then you must be seeing to buy a yoga mat for your fitness routine. There is a wide range of varieties to select but it can be confusing as you are a beginner. So here are some ideas that give you an outlook you in buying a correct yoga mat.
5 Points to observe while buying a yoga mat
The thickness of the yoga mat is one of the deciding factors that can make you feel comfortable. A thin mat could injure you ankles, knees and your hands and at the same time a thick mat can make it difficult to perform some yoga asanas and poses. So it is very important to choose a yoga mat with right thickness. A standard mat is 1/8 inch thick i.e 3.175 mm. Usually a 4 mm mat will be available in stores. A mat between 5 and 8 mm thick will provide enough cushioning for your cervical spine and joints.
An ideal yoga mat size that is suitable to all personalities is of 183 cm in length and 61 cm width which is 6 feet Long and 2 feet wide. You also get smaller one’s for kids.
The material used for manufacturing the mat decides it’s cushioning, sticky and texture. A standard yoga mat is made of PVC material but these days even cotton and rubber is used. So you can go with a regular and standard yoga mat that is made of PVC if you are a beginner and if you want to go eco friendly then opt for a rubber mat.
If you do yoga at home you can go for a lightweight or a heavy mat it does not matter. But if you do it at yoga classes or outdoors then choose a lightweight mat as you need to carry it around. Some mats can weigh up to 2kgs. A lightweight mat can be easily folded and stored.
Yoga mats prices vary significantly. A 4mm thickness foam mat with less stickiness and cushioning can come for a less and cheap price. But it won’t last for a longer time. If you have serious plans and willing to continue your yoga daily then invest in a good quality mat which can cost you more, give you comfort and will last for a longer period.