Common questions people ask when choosing their yoga mats

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A yoga mat is a specially fabricated mats used to prevent the hands and feet from slipping during a yoga session. The first ever yoga mat was manufactured and sold in the 1990s by Hugger Mugger Yoga Products.

1. What is the best thickness for a yoga mat?

Yoga mats come in many different thickness and size. For a beginner it would be better to start out with a yoga mat with a standard thickness of 3.175mm. The thickness of the mat allows the best performance for strong, flowing practices. A thinner mat provides lesser cushioned support for you whereas a thicker mat would be more ideal for back support. Overall, for beginners, it would be better to start with a standard mat and see if your preference changes through the various session.

2. Is there a difference between a fitness mat and a yoga mat?

There is a difference between a fitness and yoga mat. Fitness mats are usually on the thicker side. Fitness mats are usually thicker to prevent any injuries in case of a fall Unlike yoga mats, fitness mats ranges from firm to soft for different workouts. The firmer mats are for heavy workouts while the softer mats are for lightweight body exercises. Yoga mats are usually in the middle on the firmness scale. Yoga mats are also generally thinner which a non-slip surface to prevent you from sliding around. Fitness mats are usually thicker to prevent any injuries in case of a fall.

3. How much should I spend on a yoga mat?

A good price range for a yoga mat is anywhere from $50 to $100. Buying a cheaper mat may be good on the wallet but the quality is definitely on the lower end. It is important to not be afraid to spend more on a quality yoga mat. Spending more on a mat from a good manufacturer can ensure the good quality and easy replacements if anything happens to the mat.

4. What should I look for when buying a yoga mat?

There are many things to take note of when buying a yoga mat. It is important to ensure that your yoga mat have a non-slip surface. You do not want to be sliding around during your lessons.  Another thing to look for when buying a mat is to check if the mat is free of toxins. Some yoga mats contain PVCs which are toxic plastic that are bad for the body. It is also important to look for a mat that is lightweight as you do not want to luge around a heavy item before and after your yoga session.

5. Can I skip on a yoga mat?

No. Without a yoga mat, it might be dangerous for you to stretch and pose during your session. The yoga mat is there to provide you with stability when you press your palms and feet down when doing certain stretches. Without the mat, there would be a possibility of slipping. There will be risk of falling and smashing your face against the floor and many other injuries.

6. Are yoga mats dangerous?

Not all yoga mats are dangerous. Yoga mats made with PVCs contains potentially harmful chemicals like chlorine gas, ethylene dichloride, vinyl chloride, mercury, and dioxins which may be released into the environment. It is important to read the labels of the yoga mat to ensure that it is free of PVCs. You can look for yoga mats made out of safe materials like natural rubber.