Yoga mats that properly support your body are essential for your enjoyment and success with yoga asanas (postures).
Yoga mats can be purchased for as little as $20 and many studios and yoga classes will let you store your mat with them if you are a regular. Some will even offer you a free mat to use during your sessions. Research has not confirmed the link between unclean yoga mats and fungal, bacterial and viral infections, plantar warts and staph infections.
Yoga mats have 4 requirements:
1.) they need to be safe,
3.) comfortable, and
4.) environmental friendly.
Good Yoga mats will help you improve your balance and coordination and give you better stability and traction.
If you are looking for a natural, eco-friendly alternative to sticky synthetic yoga mats which may be full of chemicals, then consider an organic hemp, bamboo, or cotton variety of yoga mat.
Custom Yoga Mat
Mats come in a variety of custom colors and sizes, with the standard size of 24″ x 68″.
There are also 100% hemp yoga and meditation mats made from certified organic European hemp: processed without chemicals for true purity and environmental sustainability. You’ll love an organic hemp yoga or meditation mat if you’re looking for something natural, organic, and soft during your yoga session so that you forget about your worries of synthetic or dusty carpets.
A hand-woven yoga mat is best if you want to do gentle yoga, meditation or relaxation.
A comfortable bamboo meditation bench with rounded leg bottoms is also suitable for long meditations. For complete yoga that includes exercises, meditation, breathing (pranayama) and relaxation, sticky mats should not be used.
Cotton Yoga Mats
An all natural zabuton mat is handmade from chemical- free green cotton. A long lasting filler for pillows is organic buckwheat hulls as it conforms to your body’s shape and is usually wrapped in a organic cotton twill shell with a hidden zipper carry handle.
Natural Yoga Mats
The original eco yoga mat is made with all-natural rubber and jute fiber and is excellent for any consistent practice of yoga. Its rubber underside grips the floor and the jute fabric/rubber mix on top offers superb traction and a highly durable, tactile and pleasantly natural surface to practice on.
Selecting an eco yoga mat is a perfect choice as you pose your way to enlightenment and inner peace in your yoga practice.
A yoga mat’s purpose is to provide you with a non-slip surface and to cushion your knees, hips, and other parts that come into contact with the floor.
This minimal thickness is fine if you have no sensitivity in your knees during camel pose, in your hips during supine twists, in your elbows during sphinx, or in your wrists in down dog pose. But if you do have that sensitivity, a thicker mat may be best for you, Mats at the yoga studio and less expensive mats are likely to be 1/8″ thick.
If this is you, stop and think about whether a plain black mat (even if it’s long and thick and made of natural materials) will satisfy your sensual side. Even a lavender or teal colored mat can become boring to look at after a while. Only you will know if the patterned decor is worth any sacrifice you might have to make with respect to the other features you need or want.
Prices for yoga mats vary widely. You can get a cheap, “plain Jane” yoga mat on the internet for about eight bucks. If you are just trying yoga and don’t want to make a commitment, this might do.
But if you are serious about practicing, expect to pay a little more. Generally, thicker natural material mats will be more expensive. Gaiam’s mats run from about $20 to about $40.
Manduka’s black mat pro will set you back close to $100 and the Eko natural rubber mat is about $80. YogaAccessories makes a natural rubber mat in 5/16″ thickness for about $45 while the same thickness natural rubber mat from Jade is about $80.
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some of my recommendations :
Reehut 1/2-Inch Extra Thick High Density NBR Exercise Yoga Mat for Pilates, Fitness & Workout w/ Carrying Strap
Heathyoga Eco Friendly Non Slip Yoga Mat, Body Alignment System, SGS Certified TPE Material – Textured Non Slip Surface and Optimal Cushioning, 72″x 26″ Thickness 1/4″ (6mm)