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How to choose the yoga mat?

The above three articles have explained all the dimensions to consider when choosing a Yoga Mat, as well as some suggestions for purchase. Before making a purchase, it is essential to know about the different types of yoga mats and their pros and cons. Overall, the material and thickness are the most critical influencing factors. Here is a brief summary. Once you have located the material and thickness you can choose the brand according to your budget.

Yoga mat parameters of different brands

Yoga mat recommendations for beginner

In the beginning stage, it is not recommended to buy a very professional advanced yoga mat to practice at once. One reason is that without enough interest and already-developed exercise habits,many people will not be able to stick to it and the mat will be wasted. Another reason is that as you learn more about yoga, you will find out which type of yoga you prefer or are more suited to. As mentioned before, different types of yoga have different mat requirements. But if you have enough budget you can also choose a higher-end brand and have a better experience.

①ARTBELL Thicker and wider yoga mat(6mm/7mm)

  • Material: TPE
  • Dimensions: 180cm*60/80/90cm, Thickness: 6mm/7mm
  • ARTBELL,  as a long-established yoga brand in China, is one of the most popular yoga brands on the Internet and ranks among the top three in sales on e-commerce platforms all year round by its high quality and excellent value for money.
  • Non-slip Yoga Mat–Double layer structure design provides optimal grip, excellent cushioning and double-sided non-slip texture, best suitable to practice many forms of Yoga.
  • High-density, great supporting, and quick spring-back
  • Longer, wider and thicker
  • Patented Alignment System to help you through certain postures

②HATHA Professional beginner yoga mat 6mm/8mm

  • Material: TPE
  • Dimensions 183cm*80cm, Thickness 6mm/8mm, Weight 0.95kg
  • Reversible- a non-slip surface sweat-proof material – excellent for holding postures in yoga,  the other side features premium quality cushioning that absorbs impact and offers additional comfort
  • Patented Alignment System to help you through certain postures

③GAIAMESSENTIALS YOGA MAT6mm 

  • Material: PVC.
  • Dimensions:173cm*61cm, Thickness: 6mm
  • Featuring 6mm of premium cushioning, the mat’s textured, “sticky” surface keeps you grounded as you move through your daily practice.
  • Manufactured free of latex and the top six most harmful phthalates and comes with Gaiam’s lifetime guarantee.
  • Lightweight and portable.

④Hugger MuggerPara rubber yoga mat 6.3mm 

  • Material: Natural Rubber
  • Dimensions: 183cm*61cm, Thickness:6mm, Weight: 3kg.
  • Featuring two different dry-grip textures. The striated side is covered in tiny rubber bumps that hold you perfectly in place, while the solid-colored side has a woven-like, rubbery super-grip that’s great for hot yoga.
  • 5 colors.

⑤MANDUKA PRO™YOGA MAT 6MM 

  • Material: PVC.
  • Dimensions: 180/215cm*66cm, Thickness: 6mm,  Weight: 3.4/4.3kg
  • Ultra-dense cushioning provides superior support, stability and joint protection.
  • Closed-cell material seals out moisture and bacteria. Easy to disinfect and clean.
  • Meticulously crafted in Germany. OEKO-TEX® certified.
  • 11 colors.

Yoga mat recommendations for advanced

colorful yoga mats

①YOTTOY Natural rubber yoga non-slip mat 5mm 

  • Material: PU + Natural Rubber.
  • Dimensions: 183cm*61cm, Thickness:5mm, Weight:4.2kg.
  • Polyurethane top layer absorbs moisture to help you get a grip during sweaty practices.
  • Natural rubber base gives you cushioning and a textured grip for low-sweat practices.

②HATHA Realm Yoga Mat 5mm

  • Material: PU + Coconut fiber + Natural Rubber.
  • Dimensions: 183cm*68cm, Thickness: 5mm, Weight: 3kg.
  • PU and Coconut fibertop layer absorbs moisture to help you get a grip.
  • Superbly non-slip.

③MANDUCAEKO® LITE YOGA MAT 4mm

  • Material: Natural Rubber
  • Dimensions: 173cm * 61cm, Thickness: 4mm, Weight: 2.3kg
  • Catch-Grip technology provides the perfect balance of grip and drag which allows you to flow effortlessly between poses.
  • High-density closed-cell surface prevents sweat from seeping into the mat, making post-class clean up a breeze.
  • 9 colors.

④Lululemon Take Form Yoga Mat 5mm Made With FSC-Certified Rubber 5mm 

  • Material:34% Natural rubber, 27% Thermoplastic elastomer, 14% Synthetic rubber, 12% Polyurethane, 7% Polyester, 6% Cotton.
  • Dimensions: 180cm * 66cm, Thickness: 5mm, Weight: 2.24kg .
  • The innovative 3D-texture helps you feel your way around the mat and stay centred in poses without looking down.
  • Made with natural rubber material that is sustainably sourced and FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council™)
  • 8 colors.

Yoga mat recommendations for Seniors

①JADAYOGA Voyager Yoga Mat 1.6mm 

  • Material:Natural Rubber
  • Dimensions: 173cm * 61cm, Thickness: 1.6mm,Weight: 680g
  • Lightweight and folds up to the size of a yoga block to fit into your suitcase or backpack.
  • The reinforcing scrim is visible on the bottom of the Voyager mat-a consequence of its being as lightweight as possible!
  • 6 colors

②Lululemon The (Un) Mat Made With FSC-Certified Rubber 1.5mm

  • Material: 35% Polyurethane, 35% Natural rubber, 15% Synthetic rubber, 11% Polyester, 4% Nylon.
  • Dimensions: 180cm*66cm, Thickness: 1.5mm, Weight 1.05kg.
  • Reversible—flip as needed between the smooth, grippy side and the cushioned, natural rubber side.
  • Innovative grippy top layer absorbs moisture to help you stay grounded in high-sweat practices.
  • A sustainably sourced and FSC™-certified natural rubber base gives you cushioning and textured grip for low-sweat practices.
  • An antimicrobial additive helps prevent mould and mildew on the mat.
  • 3 colors.

③EasyogaBreathin’ Lite Pro Mat 2.5mm

  • Material: 70% Natural Rubber + 30%PU.
  • Dimensions: 180cm * 66cm, Thickness:2.5mm, Weight:1.5kg
  • Centre line to align poses
  • Open Cell maintains grip even during heavy perspiration
  • The PU material is superior traction and natural

④LIFORMELOVE YOGA MAT RED 4.2mm 

  • Material: PU + Natural Rubber.
  • Dimensions: 185cm x 68cm, Thickness: 1.6mm, Weight: 2.5kg.
  • Unique ‘AlignForMe Love’ System is a slightly embellished version of original”AlignForMe” navigational guide to help you through certain postures.
  • Specially engineered material provides the ultimate grip to support you throughout your practice.

Note:

1. A few tips to judge the quality of a yoga mat after getting it in hand.

①Use your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the mat to see if there will be fingerprints on the mat, if the marks don’t disappear for a long time then it is not advisable to choose, meanwhile, see if the mat rebound is sufficient.

②Wet your palm with water to wet a small piece of yoga mat, imitate the situation after sweating to see if it will slip. You don’t need to use a lot of water as you won’t normally sweat a lot except for special types of yoga that have a lot of movement, such as Power Yoga.

③Rub the mat with an eraser to see if it breaks or falls off easily.

2. Why are yoga mats so expensive?

You may think that an expensive yoga mat is not worth it. However, high-end yoga mats may be safer as more and more big brands are turning to natural materials (gum, cotton, jute). These are healthier for you and less toxic.

3. Do yoga mats come with a front and backside?

Many yoga mats are reversible, so it doesn’t matter which side lands on the floor. Usually, the side with the pattern faces up. If there is no pattern, look closely at the surface – the bumpy textured side will usually be up, while the smooth side should be against the floor.

The other dimensions will be covered in the next installment.

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