HOW TO CHOOSE A YOGA MAT
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I am often asked what the best yoga mat is practice with. I always recommend my LuluLemon mat but I make sure to clarify that it is the best mat for me.
I also like to offer LuluLemon because if you don’t like your mat you can return it!
When on the search for a yoga mat, what should you be looking for and what should you consider?
1. WHERE WILL YOU BE PRACTICING? //
For the longest time I was primarily practicing on a floor made of thick foam padding. This meant that I could use a very thin mat (like the LuluLemon unmat, which is still my all-time favourite). This meant that my mat was very light for lugging around the city, or I could actually fold it up and stick it in my gym bag to make my transit commute a little less complicated.
I do suggest that if you practice on a thinner floor, like a traditional bamboo yoga studio floor, that a thicker mat would make more sense. The thin mat does not feel very good under the knees. Although some studios offer a foam block you could use or even use your sweat towel folded under your knee(s) for extra comfort.
2. WHAT STYLE OF YOGA DO YOU PRACTICE? //
If you mostly practice yin or hatha, a nice thick mat would be great for comfort.
If you are practicing flow or power yoga, a thinner mat might be beneficial as it would be better for balancing postures.
If you practice a mix, I do suggest a thicker mat for overall comfort. Standing poses can always be done off the mat if you have troubles on a thicker mat.
3. HOW TO YOU TRAVEL WITH YOUR MAT? //
If you are someone who drives to your studio then it really doesn’t matter what style mat you have. But, if you are someone like me that more often than not takes the bus, a lighter, thinner mat would be a better option. A travel mat might be ideal as it can be rolled up as a traditional mat or folded up to fit into a gym bag.
4. MATERIAL //
It’s very rare, but you may have a reaction to the material(s) in your mat. If you have a known allergy, make sure to check that those allergens are not in your future mat.
If having a sustainable mat is important to you, make sure your mat is made of recycle material or can be recycled. There are a few programs out there that take used yoga mats and make them into new items, so you can keep that in mind for your yoga mat as well!
5. COLOUR //
For some this might be the most important factor! For others, it is not important at all. I love having a dark mat, black or navy blue as I primarily practice hot yoga and the mat looks pretty gross by the end of class! But these days you can pretty much get whatever colour your little heart desires!
What is your favourite mat to use for yoga? Please share in the comments!
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