Happy new year fellow yogi’s and yogini’s, hope 2020 will be filled with positive experiences for you all.
So, I have been thinking of getting myself a new yoga mat. Looking back to when I got my first mat, I didn’t put much thought into it probably because the selection of yoga mats back then was so limited. Today manufacturers have come out with so many different types that it is overwhelming to choose which one to buy.
My first yoga mat was a Reebok rubber mat which turned out to be a good buy. It has lasted me over ten years and it still serves me well. I have been teaching yoga outdoors and as a result the mat has acquired difficult to remove marks. It is still in amazing condition and going forward will become my outdoor yoga mat once I get a new one.
Shopping online has been overwhelming, today you get rubber mats, suede mats, cork mats, cotton mats and then those cheap one’s that I’ve seen people using where the mat starts to actually crumble. My mat has been awesome, the grip is good, the thickness is just right and it’s so easy to clean. I just wash it in the bathtub, fill it with soap water then hang it outside to dry in the shade on a sunny day.
What I have learnt so far is that the cork mats are not that great, they are slippery. The PVC mats are apparently not good for the environment but I actually think the one I have at the moment is probably PVC material considering I bought it so long ago. I am yet to try out a suede mat. The rubber one’s definitely have great grip, some of my fellow yogi's and yogini's own them.
To be honest, when I started practicing yoga I did it in my bedroom on the carpet. I only bought my first yoga mat when I was in my early twenties, working full time and could invest in something for myself. It really is not necessary to go out and buy a mat just because you want to try out yoga. If you not sure whether it’s for you rather use the mats they offer at the gym or just do it on the carpet at home if you practicing by watching YouTube videos.
Once you get hooked and you know yoga is for you then go out shopping and do your research like I’m doing at the moment.