What you should know before buying a yoga mat

If you decided to start practicing yoga, well done. You should know that only in the US, 21 million people practice yoga. The only two things you are going to need are time and mat. Time you must create and nobody cannot help you with it. The situation is different with a mat. You should pay attention to several detail, before you buy your new mat or you are just replacing it. If you are a beginner, you should buy a more padded mat. It will help you to build muscle and joint strength and also, it will help you prevent an injury.

The recommended mats are Jade mats and eKO Manduka. Also, you should buy a mat that offers you a lot of grip. Sliding around on your mat isn’t an option. When you are looking to buy a new mat, use your palms to check are they sliding around. If you end up with this type of mat, there are some things you can do in order to solve this problem. According to Yanoula Athanassakis, a yoga instructor, you can use chalk, or you can roll it on a rough surface (concrete outside) that should eliminate that slippery surface. Some mats may contain PVC. This is a toxic plastic that contains carcinogens. So, when you are looking for the new yoga mat, look just those that are PVC-free! You will want to spend time on them. Also, too soft mats aren’t an option. They can be used for napping or for the gym, but not for yoga. You must find the perfect balance between too thin and too foamy mat.

 

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