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Choosing the right Yoga Mats

Why avoid sticky mats?

A very important decision for you as you commence on the yoga path is to choose the right yoga mat.

While its true that yoga requires almost no tools, however a comfortable mat is an essential part to make you practice successful. A successful practice would be one which would:  

  • Enable you to follow a range of yoga positions, meditation poses and relaxation poses
  • Make your yoga session complete, comfortable and satisfying
  • Help you realize the true potential of each yoga position - both physical and mental - which is the true purpose of the postures.
Keeping these objectives in mind, let us see what criteria should be used in the selection of yoga mats:

As is obvious, the mats should be supportive of physical poses - standing, sitting and reclining. They should be equally supportive of meditation poses and relaxation poses without feeling any discomfort or unpleasantness.

To ensure comfort and utility, the yoga mat should;  

  • Be sufficiently large for varying range of postures and extensions with soft edges.
  • Have a sufficient grip - no more, no less - to enable to achieve the optimum benefits of yoga positions.
  • Be soft enough to counter the hardness of the floor. Yet they should be firm enough to provide the right balance to your postures.
  • Have very good sweat-absorbance
  • Be machine washable to ensure that clean feeling without much fuss.
To see why the conventional or sticky yoga mats do not serve this purpose, Click here

To Select the right mat, Click here

 


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