Yoga mats come in all shapes and sizes. They are made of many different materials and have different features. It’s hard to know which yoga mat will work best for you when you’re just starting out. Let’s take a closer look at all the different kinds of yoga mats, as well as some pros and cons of each one.
The thickness of your yoga mat really has a lot to with how relaxed you are. Too thin, and the pressure on your knees will cause your shins to cramp. The trade off is that really thick yoga mats (as thick as 1/2 inch) will make it much harder for you to feel your connection to the ground, which makes you more wobbly while doing Tree Pose. When you’re just starting out, I would recommend a beginner yoga mat that has a thinner thickness and a softer surface.
Another factor to consider is how sticky your mat is. I prefer one that is made from a very flexible material like cotton because it tends to have a little more give. A lot of the sticky mats are made of olefin, which tend to be kinder on the joints. However, I wouldn’t say one particular brand over another; the idea here is to try different brands and find one that works best for you.
Some people are allergic to certain materials and have an allergic reaction when using a certain type of yoga mat. If you know this is a problem you’re dealing with, then you might want to avoid the material used on your new mat, or look for one made from a different material altogether. However, you can also purchase an alternative cushioning for your yoga mat that may be less likely to cause an allergy. I would definitely get a cushioning that you’re comfortable with if this is a problem.
A big part of owning a yoga mat is being able to perform all the poses comfortably . That means having a firm yet plush surface to place your body on. A good quality rubber base is important in allowing you to get a firm grip on your mat and prevent you from slipping, especially if you’re doing a wide variety of poses. One thing to note is if you often do deeper or more challenging yoga poses, you might want a thicker and sturdier base so that your poses are a bit more secure.
The material from which your yoga mat is made is a pretty important part of its quality and comfort. One of the most common types of materials used is cotton since it’s quite soft and comfortable. My recommendation is to stay away from any other type of material, unless you have a thick enough cushioning that you won’t need any other padding.
I recommend trying out several different thicknesses of yoga mat until you find the one that you prefer. I would not get too attached to one thickness because if you’re practicing yoga on a standard yoga mat it’s not going to be as varied as it is with thicker yoga mats. If you don’t mind sticking with a slightly thicker material then that’s certainly fine. But if you want to try something different then the best yoga mat for you is likely going to be one that’s a couple inches thick.
Some of the other factors to consider when shopping for the best non-slip yoga mat are the frame, stitching and foam. If you’re going to be doing a lot of practicing on your back, then make sure that it’s adjustable. I would stay away from standard foam yoga practice mats because they can really compress your legs and thighs if you’re doing a vigorous pose. A good frame that’s comfortable for you to sit in while doing your poses is essential too. Make sure that the frame doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall off or that your legs and waist aren’t pinched in by the edges.