There are so many choices available. How can you narrow this seemingly endless selection? Because we all have different needs it will be subjective based on our individual preferences. A person may want a mat to use for heated vinyasa on their way home from work, but they might be looking for one that is different than someone who uses it at home for restorative, relaxing yoga sessions.
You’ll quickly realize that your mat will be used a lot and get a lot of sweat during the yoga teacher trainer. “Good grip” is the most important factor in choosing a mat to use for your yoga class. It is frustrating to be unable to practice because the mat is too slippery. Many students learn how humidity can really take yoga to the next level. I have found that most yoga in Thailand is “hot yoga”.
There are other factors that will help you choose the right mat for you.
- Size and weight
It is important to know if you plan on carrying the bag around with you, whether it’s for home or travel. If you need more cushioning for your knees or in reclined positions, the thickness is important.
- How sticky/grippy is it?
Do you feel like you’re going to fall all over the place when you start sweating? Do you need to cover it with a towel? Some mats will have more grip if they are slightly wet. Others require dry hands and feet to stay sticky. This point is irrelevant if you plan to spend more time sitting on the mat or lying down on it.
Are there any chemicals in the mat that could cause you to inhale harmful chemicals? Are they made from environmentally-friendly materials? Natural rubber, cork, and those made without carcinogenic glues and plasticizers are better for your overall health.
This is another important factor to consider. (Have yo seen the Manduka PRO squared mat’s price? Keep in mind, however, that a quality yoga mat will last for a very long time if properly maintained.
- Special Features
Liforme is a favorite mat of many yogis. It was the first to design a “navigational instrument” that included visible guide lines to aid in alignment in different poses.
- Designs & Colors
It could be a personal preference. They can affect your energy, or be more calming or grounding. Feng shui, color therapy or chakra enhancing? It might just bring a smile to your face.