Monday, October 27, 2008

Yoga Mat - Starting From the Basics

Yago Mat is the basic equipment when you are starting your yoga adventure.
It's not just a simple cloth, you'd better choose the one that fit your temprament and feeling, then you can better complete your practice.

Color Question
Some yoga mats are works of pure art, with lots of color and designs to express your creative side. I personally love lots of color and brightness in my yoga practice, but just make sure it’s not TOO colorful or you might get a bit distracted.

Yoga mat is usually made of rubber and has various textures that may simply be applied for aesthetic purposes or prevent slipping during exercises. Latex is usually present in minimum amounts in high-quality Yoga mats, so people suffering from allergy can use them safely, and as rubber is also biodegradable and environmentally friendly, the nature won’t suffer as well. A good solution is a double-sided Yoga mat which can be simply turned over after one surface is worn out and continue its service. A Yoga mat will live yet a longer life if it is washable.

Choosing the right one for you
Chances are, you're just starting out with your yoga practice, or you want to take the next step in advancement. You want to own your own yoga mat, but with so many choices out there it can be quite hard to figure out exactly what you need. That’s why I’ve come up with this list of five tips to help you choose the best mat for your needs.

The first consideration is the type of yoga that you are doing. More strenuous forms of Yoga, such as Ashtanga, are greatly helped out by either a thicker sticky yoga mat, or a cotton yoga rug.

Make sure that the length and width works for you. The last thing you want to be doing in the middle of an asana is adjusting your mat or trying to cramp your pose to fit a mat that is too small. Many places either have rolls of mat material that would allow you to cut your own custom length, or you can get extra long ones. They also make yoga mats in kids sizes as well.

Personal preference should play a key role in your decision. This is going to be your own personal mat, one you’re going to be staring down at for many many hours. Get something you’ll like!

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