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Yoga mat: how to choose the best yoga mat

01/10/2018
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It’s easy to choose the best yoga mat if you know how to do it

Guide for yoga beginners and for yogis and yoginis with experience

For me September feels like the month of new beginnings, the right time to make a few changes. Three years ago, in September I started my yoga journey, because I was looking for something that could help me to forget my worries and to find an inner peace. I found yoga.

If you are considering yoga classes for the first time or if you just want to get your yoga practice back, you are now in the right place to figure out why a professional yoga mat can change your yoga experience. 

At the beginning of my yoga journey I used an old foam mat and my practice was really challenging: the mat did not stick to the floor, my hands and feet slipped during transitions from one posture to another. I also rented a yoga mat from the studio where I was taking yoga classes but it didn’t facilitate the practice. The reason was not practical but rather a mental reason: I was not able to feel comfortable on a mat that was not the mine and, therefore, I couldn’t focus.

I learned that the yoga mat should never make our practice difficult but it must allow us to practice in the best possible way and in total safety.

In this article you will find my tips to find the best yoga mat suitable for your needs and your practice. Buying a personal and/or professional mat is a great achievement as it means you are taking this discipline seriously.

How to make the right choice

With the right information. I did some reading up on yoga mats before deciding. I read features and reviews of the most popular mats, of the least known ones and I have asked to yogis and teachers for advice. Also, when I was attending yoga classes in a studio in Milan, I had the opportunity to try trendy yoga mats, like the liforme. I’ll talk about it soon.

I want to share with you my tips to find the best mat.
These below are the characteristics that every quality yoga mat must have.

Yoga mat for beginners – basic level: if you practice dynamic yoga classes like Vinyasa or Bikram it would be better to practice on mats 3 or 4 mm thick, since larger thicknesses may not keep you in place during dynamic transitions and, therefore you would lose the connection to the ground and the concentration necessary to keep standing balance poses. I recommend ReYoga Remat light. This mat costs 32 euros, it is lightweight, easy to carry to the studio and environmentally friendly.

If you practice yoga styles like Yin yoga or Kundalini that mainly involve sitting poses, chanting and breathing exercises, it would be better to practice on comfortable mats. In these cases, I recommend the Remat soft that differs from the light brother for its big thickness – 6mm of comfort -. Its price is 42 euros.

To connect to the ReYoga website click here.

 

Yoga mat for a daily practice: if you practice yoga for over a year, in the studio and even at home, you will probably need a non-slip yoga mat that follow you on your practice without flaking. I strongly suggest you Paws yoga mat of Yogi Bare. I bought this mat a few months ago and I’m really satisfied! It is a grippy mat, eco friendly, the price is around 59 euros and it’s suitable for your Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ashtanga practice.

To connect to the Yogi Bare website click here.

Fish pose – Matsyasana

For perfectionists: I cannot fail to mention the Liforme yoga mat that you have probably seen on instagram. I had the chance to try it in a yoga studio in Milan during a couple of lessons.

It is ranked among the best yoga mats on the market, it is a mat that promises high performance. It’s eco friendly, has a length and a width greater than the standards, is over 4mm thick and it’s grippy. Thanks to the markers engraved on the surface, Liforme will guide you in the alignment; your hands and feet will always be in the right place during the yoga session. However, the price, in my opinion, a bit high – around 110 euros, including the yoga bag -.

So, if you have the opportunity to buy Liforme it is definitely a good investment. Otherwise I suggest you Yogi Bare Paws mat because it’s cheaper – 59 euros – and promises high performance too. Its purchase does not include the bag -.

To connect to the Liforme website, you can click here.

I would also like to make a suggestion to Bikram practitioners and to yogis that sweat a lot: it’s always best to use a microfiber towel over your yoga mat to avoid slipping.

Thank you for being here,

namaste


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