How to choose Yoga mat for your practice?

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

The Comprehensive Yoga Mat Guide


A Yoga Mat is your companion. You want your companion to support your practice, and you want them to spark joy and inspire your practice every day.


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With that in mind, here is a simple guide to help you find your companion.

 

Yoga mat options in the current market

Yoga mats come in all shapes and sizes, not even mentioning the various brands. But there are three things that are necessary to be considered, MATERIAL, THICKNESS, YOGA STYLE.


Material


All Natural Rubber Yoga Mats – Beautiful. The most slip-resistance material on the market, rubber yoga mats is open-celled, meaning that the mat will “suction” to hands and feet, for a super sticky experience. These yoga mats are resilient and tend to bounce back from use. This material also provides a premium cushioning experience without damaging the environment. On the other hand, expect a funny smell upon opening. Rubber yoga mats are also on a heavier side and may need to avoid oil and proper cleaning.





Cork Yoga Mats- Cork yoga mats are made of a tree’s bark combined with natural rubber or TPE (as the base). Generally, cork is a great eco-friendly material: renewable, biodegradable, and naturally antibacterial. But cork yoga mats are probably most loved for their grip. The wetter the surface, the better the grip. Due to its high-absorbent nature, cork yoga mats don't need much cleaning.








TPE Yoga Mats (thermoplastics) –  A rubber-like material that is designed to be elastic, cushioning, durable, and reusable. While synthetic, these mats can be recycled at the end of their use-life to create more mats. TPE yoga mats are often manufactured using closed-cell technology, which means that they have an impermeable texture and repel sweat and dirt. It's the best choice for beginners. But if you’re caught on a TPE mat in a hot yoga class – you’ll likely end up losing grip and slipping all over the place.