Yoga is one of the popular exercises today that helps not only to keep one physically fit but also improve one's mental state. Many who suffer from anxiety or depression attend yoga classes regularly to reduce the symptoms. In a recent scientific review, yoga may also help people reduce weight, blood pressure as well as cholesterol level.
For first timers, yoga can be an effective way to improve their mental and physical health at the same time. Purchasing a yoga mat is one of the first things to consider as this would help one to perform the poses properly. Ideally, a good yoga mat should provide the person comfort and should be non-slip. It should be easy to roll and lightweight so that one can carry the mat without any problem. Although some yoga centres have yoga mats that one can use, these may already be worn out such that traction and cushioning is reduced.
Whenever one is shopping for their yoga mats, the ideal size should be around 24 inch by 68 inch. Most mats are made from rubber, jute and even PVC. Cheaper mats are usually made of PVC materials which can be toxic, but some people purchase these mats because of the price. However, for those who are serious about yoga, buying one that is made or natural plants such as rubber or jute is ideal. It might be a bit more expensive than one made of PVC but it'd usually more durable and safe.
Not all yoga mats are created equally. Depending on the type of yoga that one is practicing, choosing brands that specialize in making the mats for that particular yoga type is important. For those who are practicing hot yoga, the Kulae brand is perfect as their mats are known for their high absorption rate and grip. A Prana mat is best for yogis who prefer bigger mats as they have more room to move.
Lastly, one should consider the thickness of the mats. Some mats are thin in that it doesn't provide any comfort, especially if one has to do a mountain pose requiring one to stand with only one foot on the ground. Choosing a thicker or thinner mat also depends on the type of yoga practice that one is performing. A thicker one can support the knees or ankles of the yogis, but may prevent one from practicing poses that require smooth and flowing motions. These are just some of the things that one should consider when purchasing a yoga mat.