A regular yoga practice requires a suitable surface underneath the today to allow for the poses to be done with correct form. Yoga mats help to cushion and prevent body weight from hurting the bones of the area on which you are balancing. Mats also keep hands and feet from slipping on a hard floor. When comparing yoga mats, consider several factors before deciding on the one that is best for you.
- Step 1:
Pick your price range to narrow your search. Standard sticky mats made from synthetic materials. All-natural, environmentally friendly brands offer high-end yoga mats.
- Step 2:
Check the length and width of the mat. Some yoga poses require you to extend your body out full length or reach from head to toe while on your back. An average yoga mat is 24 inches wide by 68 inches long. Extra-long mats are widely available, and some mats are also sold in wider sizes.
- Step 3:
Compare Thickness. A travel mat is thinner and lighter with less cushioning. Those with a regular yoga practice will be more comfortable on a mat with a standard thickness of 6 mm. Thicker mats are also available for those needing to avoid undue pressure on the bones of the hands, knees, and hips.
- Step 4: Learn what the mats are made of. Synthetic plastic, PVC, is a common material for lower priced mats. Natural rubber mats are more expensive, but are considered to last longer and provide a firmer grip.
- 68" x 24"