For the past year, I’ve gotten up early in the morning to do some relaxing yoga. This routine has been one of the best things for me, as someone who stresses out very easily, meditation and yoga has greatly helped in making me unwind and get into the proper mood before facing the challenges of the rest of the day. However, when I first started out, there was always one thing that made yoga a bit more burdensome than it should have been: the hard, wooden floor. Believe it or not, I used to do yoga without a mat, and when I did begin using a yoga mat, they weren’t the best. Needless to say, I often found bruises on my knees and legs after what was supposed to be an hour of relaxing yoga.
After deciding that enough was enough , I soon found myself scouring stores for a proper yoga matt, one that would help cushion the hard floor so that I could focus entirely on the yoga I was doing. The following are a few of the things I looked for to buy some of the best yoga mats I currently own.
The first thing I made sure of when buying a yoga mat is ensuring that the material is right for me. And the best material, both in terms of providing great cushioning and reliability has been organic latex. Not only is it soft and comfortable, the material can also easily decompose, so if I choose to have it replaced, I can toss it out without worrying too much.
The next thing I looked for is ensuring that the size was right for me. The first mat that I ever got was a foot shorter than I was, so needless to say, it wasn’t effective in giving me the maximum comfort that I required. So ensuring that a yoga mat is the same size (often, maybe even a few inches longer) as you is extremely important.
The last thing I focused on was the texture of the mat. When doing yoga, I really want to focus on my own thoughts and the actions that I was doing, and not only the “feel” of the mat. That’s why it’s important to buy a mat that is both soft and natural feeling, but also one that provides good traction to support flexible yoga poses.
In the end, a single yoga mat isn’t right for everyone; buying that right mat really depends on a person to person basis so be sure to get one that fits your needs!