YogaHow to choose
26 Jul 2018

How To Choose Your Yoga Mat

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DECATHLON's fitness brand offers useful suggestions for your practice.

Choosing a yoga mat is pretty straight-forward. Basically, you should think about the top and bottom of the mat, or, the comfort and grip.

 

1. HOW COMFORTABLE IS IT?

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Gentle yoga styles, such as hatha, yin, restorative or prenatal, which tend to focus on slower postures and being in contact with the floor will be easier with a thicker, more comfortable mat. Think 5-8mm to help protect your joints and encourage you to stick with longer sessions.

 

2. DOES IT PROVIDE GOOD GRIP?

 

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That’s not to say there aren’t specific requirements for dynamic yoga mats – if you’re doing ashtanga or vinyasa or are practicing in a warm room (Bikram/hot yoga) where you do lots of standing poses and balancing, your top priority is stability. So, you’ll need a mat that provides plenty of grip and stops you slipping. i.e. a thinner mat, between 1 and 5mm. You can also add a thin pure rubber mat for maximum grip, which you’ll find especially helpful for asanas like downward-facing dog.

 

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Katrien

Yoga Specialist

If you do yoga away from home, opt for a mat that is easy to carry. Look out for mats with carry straps or invest in a yoga mat bag.

When doing yoga barefoot, it's best to have your own mat and to clean it regularly with water, which you can add a few drops of essential oils to for extra zen points.

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