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How does yoga begin? No, not with a yoga mat, but without it, neither. Or it will be too difficult to practice asanas and also can be dangerous. A mat is needed to avoid slipping the arms and legs, alleviate the pressure on the spine and joints, avoid the cold floor and, in general your yoga experience will be more comfortable and cleaner with the rug.

Yoga mat sizes

  • The size of the rug. The length usually varies 170-180 (183) cm, there is more, then just according to your height, the majority will fit in 183 cm, even for me, because I’m taller -185 cm, I did not find an adequate 190-200 cm rug. Width, varies from 60-80cm, there are more options, but for what? 60 you are not very broad shoulders, 68 medium build, 80 you are a bodybuilder or in a body 90+ kg.
  • The thickness of the rug varies from 1-7 (8) millimeters, it is thicker, but it doesn’t wash away at all, the ideal rug is 5 millimeters of moderately soft, moderately hard, 6-8 for people with large joints and possible problems with joints, 1, 1.5, 3, 4.5 for experienced yogis or yogic travelers. Why travelers? Well, after all, the heavier the heavier, and the rubber mat is basically weighty.

Best yoga mat material

Anyone who practices can succeed in yoga, but not one who is lazy. Continuous practice is the secret to success.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

The material here is more interesting there are four types of material from which a rug can be made:

Yoga mat EVA

EVA is such a soft mat, which is more suitable for hiking on it just to sleep, sit, play the guitar, and so on, it is slippery, wears out quickly and stretches a little. NOT FOR YOGA.

What yoga mat to choose? Consider all options
Yoga mat EVA

Yoga mat PVC

This mat is even softer and thicker, not so slippery, you can wring out on it, jump, and so on. NO.

What yoga mat to choose? Consider all options
Yoga mat PVC

Yoga mat TPE

A thermoplastic elastomer mat (TPE) on this mat is already possible to do yoga because it does not slip, but it stretches a bit, which makes static poses a bit uncomfortable.

What yoga mat to choose? Consider all options
Yoga mat TPE

Rugs made of natural rubber

Rugs made of natural rubber are absolute winners, does not slip, does not stretch, absorbs moisture. Elastic and will serve you for a long time.

What yoga mat to choose? Consider all options
Yoga mat of natural rubber

Cloth rug for yoga

Another option that you are unlikely to find in shops I have met in India is a cloth rug, which traditionally have been used in India. It is usable, but on the floor such a rug will slide strongly, it stretches a little, it is very thin, it can get wet… however, this natural rug is appropriate for practicing outdoors, and it is also very light. I liked my rug, but I lost it; I do not recommend this for beginners only if environmental friendliness, traditionalistic and lightness are more important to you than other function matters.

What yoga mat to choose? Consider all options
Cloth rug for yoga

Conclusion: rubber mat, dimensions 183 \ 68, width 5mm for home. 183/60 with 1.5mm for travel.

This is all about yoga mats, the topic is revealed, I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you.

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