How to choose a yoga Mat

Fifteen years ago there was only one basic type of yoga Mat made from PVC and the only choice was to buy purple or blue Mat. Now there are yoga mats that fit every priority and preference.

In addition to the color and pattern that fits your style, your yoga Mat needs to consistently keep you in the asanas. But first and foremost, the Mat should fit your goals and needs.

All rugs can be divided into 4 main, depending on needs: “Home”, “studios”, “Individual” and “travel”.

Starter Mat

If you just started doing and haven’t decided on the direction of yoga (Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram yoga, etc), you’ll like “Start” pad. To the starting mats all mats from TPE material (thermoplastic elastomer), they are affordable, lightweight, non-slip, will keep Your ligaments in the first classes are suitable for all types of yoga and you will be enough until you decide whether you like yoga, what is yoga direction interestingly, the frequency and location of lessons. Actually after that, you will need to change the Mat as TPE mats are short-lived. A great Mat to start Lepomate Start mat, Manduka mat Welсom and the like.

Pad studios

The pad studios have to withstand daily heavy loads on any surface, both on the street and in rooms to be easy care, the lifetime of at least 10 years, some manufacturers give a lifetime warranty.

The pad studios, generally of high quality PVC material is a material based on plastic, which has a high durability, easy care and has a good grip with the floor. The optimum thickness of this Mat is 6 mm. the Majority of yoga studios choose this yoga Mat and in the Studio it often can be found.

However, PVC mats do not absorb moisture and can become slippery when you sweat a lot, so these mats often use complete with a yoga towel for the Mat. PVC does not contain latex, it is beneficial for those suffering from Allergy to latex, but it is not biodegradable. The only mats for studios with a lifetime guarantee Manduka Pro mat and Lepomate Studio mat.

Individual eco-Mat

If you’ve been doing yoga at home or in the Studio, you need high grip, stability, comfort, eco-friendliness, it would be much nicer to do on individual natural rug. Natural mats are now available in different versions: natural rubber, natural rubber combined with microfibre or eco-polyurethane, organic cotton and jute.

Natural rugs give a good grip either due to its ribbed texture, either through a combined top coat. Such a top coating is made to absorb moisture and eliminate slippage.

If you need high grip, both dry and with wet hands, then perhaps the only option for you would be natural Mat top coating of eco-poleuretana, for example Lepomate Solo mat. If you do a lot of yoga on balance sheets and use metal design, you can choose natural rubber with ribbed texture and a nylon mesh inside the carpet, like Jade – this will rule out even the slightest jiggle in the inverted asanas. In the case of hot practices and for stretch marks ideal eco-pad with microfiber covering, for example Lepomate Fiber mat that absorbs moisture and allows the splits. The optimum thickness of this Mat is 4 mm.

Eco-friendly mats do not have a decade of durability as PVC, but they top the list if stability and comfort are your priority.

Mat for travel

In travel, every kilogram and size, so the Mat must be lightweight and not take up much space in the suitcase. Usually this pad is a thinner version of the Mat for Studio or personal Mat. It is very light but also very thin, so not on all surfaces it will be comfortable to do. Is PVC, rubber, microfiber and other materials.