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This article analyzes and explains the remaining four dimensions of yoga mats, including portability, style and price, accessories, and cleaning. I hope it can give you some help when purchasing yoga mats.

Different thicknesses of yoga mats

What size yoga mat is right for you?

Usually, a yoga will have two mats, one for home and one for outdoor practice.The yoga mat placed at home can ignore the portability, but the mat taken out must be easy to carry. Most importantly, they should be light in weight. Many brands produce 1.5-3mm travel mats that can be easily rolled up or folded to fit into suitcases and backpacks. As explained before, yoga mats that are too thin have limited protection and are more recommended for advanced users.

Which yoga mat style and price is better?

Leaving aside the functional performance of the yoga mat, yoga mats are mostly in solid colors, but many beauty lovers would like to buy a mat with a specialdesign to bring a better mood during exercise.A printed yoga mat is a good choice, which usesscreen printing, transfer printing, laser and other technologies to print the flower color on the yoga mat. Nowadays many yoga mat brands have beautifully printed yoga mats, such as Yottoy, Lululemon, Sugarmat, Easygoetc.. There is also a wide range of prices for various mats due to different brands, so overall it is important to choose according to your budget.

High-end brands Manduca Lululemon Liforme Jade Yoga Atmananda IKU
Cost-effective brands Artbell Fitness Hatha Aurorae Dmasun Yottoy
Fashion Design Sugarmat Easyoga Artbell Fitness Gaiam

What are the accessories for yoga mats?

Accessories can be chosen exactly according to your needs. If you are just practicing at home, then there is no need to buy a yoga bag. Also, if you do not use the auxiliary equipment in the beginning stage, you do not need to match the full yoga sets. A complete yoga set includes the following useful accessories.

1. Towels

For yogis who sweat a lot, towels can be used to absorb sweat and prevent slipping. If laid on a communal mat it will make the experience more personal and hygienic. Yoga towels are more fashionable than yoga mats, and most brands provide a range of yoga towels.

2. Blocks, Bolsters and Straps

Some asanas are difficult to perform due to the body’s lack of flexibility, so you can use the straps to help pull the body and gradually perceive the movements. The locks on the straps can be adjusted to suit each individual. Yoga blocks and pillows are also important auxiliary tools in our yoga practice, mainly to prevent strains when doing difficult movements. For example, when doing a backbend, using a yoga block to support the body reduces the chance of injury and allows for a better finish.

3. Bags and Mat Slings

If you want to carry your yoga mat when you go out, you can choose yoga bags to protect your mat from getting dirty or wet by rain. But for those who want convenience, a simple and lightweight matsling might be a better way to show off the relaxed side of life.

4. Knee pad and Sock

A yoga knee pad is a cushioning accessory designed to provide additional support and comfort to the knees during yoga practice. It is particularly beneficial for individuals who experience discomfort or strain in the knee joints while performing certain yoga poses, especially those that involve kneeling or putting pressure on the knees. The knee pad is typically made of soft and durable materials, offering a padded surface to reduce stress on the knees and enhance the overall yoga experience.

Yoga socks, on the other hand, are specialized socks designed for yoga practice. They often feature non-slip soles or grip patterns on the bottom to provide traction and stability during poses. Yoga socks are particularly useful for practitioners who prefer to keep their feet covered during practice but still want the freedom of movement and the feel of barefoot connection to the mat. They can be especially handy in classes where shoes are not allowed, providing grip and hygiene on the yoga mat.

Both yoga knee pads and socks are optional accessories that individuals may choose to incorporate into their practice based on personal comfort and preferences. They can contribute to a more enjoyable and supportive yoga experience, especially for those with specific joint concerns or preferences for additional stability.

Knee pad and Sock

4. Yoga Sets

A yoga set typically includes a combination of essential items that enhance the yoga practice experience. The contents may vary, but a basic yoga set often includes:

  1. Yoga Mat: A non-slip surface for practicing yoga poses. Mats come in various materials, thicknesses, and textures.

  2. Yoga Blocks: Blocks made of foam or cork that provide support and stability, helping in achieving proper alignment in various poses.

  3. Yoga Strap: A flexible strap made of cotton or nylon used to improve flexibility and assist in reaching certain poses by extending the reach of your arms.

  4. Yoga Bolster: A firm cushion or pillow designed to support various yoga poses, providing comfort and helping in relaxation.

  5. Yoga Blanket: A versatile accessory used for warmth, support, or as a prop in certain yoga poses.

  6. Yoga Towel: A towel designed for yoga practice, often with non-slip features, to absorb sweat and provide a hygienic layer on the mat.

  7. Yoga Ball: A stability ball used for balance, core strength, and flexibility exercises. It can be incorporated into specific yoga routines.

  8. Yoga Eye Pillow: A small, weighted pillow placed over the eyes during relaxation or meditation to promote a sense of calm and block out light.

  9. Yoga Mat Bag: A bag designed to carry and store the yoga mat, blocks, and other accessories conveniently.

  10. Yoga Strap Sling: An alternative to a traditional yoga strap, providing a way to carry the mat and offering additional versatility.

  11. Yoga Wheel: A circular prop is used to deepen stretches, improve flexibility, and assist in various yoga poses.

Beginner yoga kit set

How to clean yoga mat?

A yoga mat that is not cleaned is likely to harbor oil stains, bacteria, fungus, and dust mites. While it is important to choose the right mat for you, it is also essential that you take care of your mat scientifically and consistently to extend its life. Cleaning and maintaining a yoga mat, like practicing yoga, needs to be done gently and carefully, thus you need to bear in mind the following tips.

For simple daily cleaning, use two cups of water with a few drops of detergent in a spray bottle and spray the mat, or use a professional yoga mat cleaning spray and oil. Then, wipe with a soft cloth and air dry in the shade. Do not leave the mat exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight. Do not use any type of soap for cleaning, as it will compromise the performance and integrity of the mat.

All the dimensions to consider when choosing a yoga mat, as well as some suggestions for purchase are explained before. The next installment which is the last of our series of articles will provide some product recommendations for your reference in buying.

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