Yoga Mat Thickness

" Hi, my name is Yaroslav, I have been practicing yoga since 2008 and since 2013 I have chosen the best rugs in the world for this store."

To form a range of yoga mats, I analyzed:

– review of yoga instructors I know;

– review of my colleagues in training; – information on the physical and chemical properties of materials for the production of floor mats.

Now I know how to choose a yogamat and share this information with readers of the blog Yogatools.

I’ll start with the answer to a popular question-doubt:

Why bother choosing a special yoga mat at all if you can take the first one that you liked on the display case?

Almost all beginners do just that for their first yoga mat choice – we beat the first tourist mat.

Over time, plunging deeper into the practice of yoga and in the needs and desires of the body, we begin to be more demanding and to the yogamata.

We begin to pay attention to that:

– whether we are pleasant to touch the surface of the yogamata;

– whether palms and feet slide along it;

– Is it convenient to take a rug with you when traveling;

– Does the pad meet the objectives of the practice;

– Does aesthetic pleasure his appearance.

It is difficult to answer these questions if your foot has never stepped on the mat. But you can try.

I am sure that comfort is one of the basic human needs. A quality yoga mats will affect the comfort of practice. Therefore, it is important to initially understand the objectives of your yogamata. The requirements for a travel mat are completely different than for a home carpet.

Knowing the requirements, it is easier to assess the properties of the rug.

The basic properties of yoga mats:

– brand, manufacturer of yoga mats.

Next, I will talk about these properties, and perhaps it will become clearer why we should not expect from a rug for $ 10 the same qualities as a rug for $ 150. The high cost of floor mats is not an empty mark-up for the brand name, but a set of investments in the production of a yogomat. I know this, thanks to my travels to the places of rubber and the production of Manduka.

Photos from our expeditions:

Yogama materials

According to the material, yoga mats are divided into:

Yoga Mat Thickness

1. PVC yoga mats.

2. Thermoplastic elastomer mats (TPE).

3. Yoga mats made from natural materials.

PVC yoga mats

In the world, the most yoga mats are made of PVC. Polyvinyl chloride is an artificial material created at the beginning of the XIX century.

This is the most budget material for the yogom, but PVC mats are easily damaged, torn and slid. High-quality PVC rug is pleasant to the touch and a good fit with the body practice. It is comfortable to perform even the most difficult asanas. The service life of such a rug with intensive loads: 1-2 years. Unconditional plus of this rug is cheapness. It is ideal for a beginner who does not know how often he will practice yoga.

PVC mats Kailash and Rishikesh are made in Germany. They are durable, sticky and have a reasonable price.

Thermoplastic Elastomer Yoga Mats (TPE)

TPE material combines the properties of rubber and plastic. It is elastic, plastic, resistant to weather assimilation along with rubber, and also resistant to temperature and ultraviolet. It is durable and less prone to deformation. To touch the surface of the rug from TPE pleasant. The service life of these rugs: 4-5 years.

Yoga Mat Thickness

TPE mats are suitable for yoga and fitness. Therefore, yogamata brands Adidas, Nike, Reebok made of TPE.

From brands of accessories for yoga, TPE mats make Bodhi, Yogitoes, Manduka, Relaxus, such as: Lotus Pro; Lotus Pro Light; Live On.

Sometimes, in online stores, TPE and rubber are confused, and the TPE area rugs are mistakenly referred to as “rubber mats”. You can check what the mat is actually made by reading its original packaging or a description of the model on the manufacturer’s website.

Yoga mats made from natural materials

This is the most expensive group of yoga mats. Natural materials from which you can make yoga mats are: rubber, jute, cotton.

Rubber mats

Natural rubber – natural rubber is extracted from the juice of latex trees, such as Brazilian hevea. Such rugs are often thicker than PVC and TPE mats. Their advantage is that they do not let the cold from the floor and the ground pass, less slippery, while sticky and quickly straighten out after pressing. The peculiarity of rubber is that it is heavier than synthetic materials. Such a rug is harmless to humans and the environment (its vapors, smell, remnants of nature), does not cause allergies. Rubber mats are considered environmentally friendly.

Natural rubber – natural rubber is extracted from the juice of latex trees, such as Brazilian hevea. Such rugs are often thicker than PVC and TPE mats. Their advantage is that they do not let the cold from the floor and the ground pass, less slippery, while sticky and quickly straighten out after pressing. The peculiarity of rubber is that it is heavier than synthetic materials. Such a rug is harmless to humans and the environment (its vapors, smell, remnants of nature), does not cause allergies. Rubber mats are considered environmentally friendly.

Jute yoga mats

Jute is a plant that grows in India and China. Such rugs have no smell (unlike rubber in the first days of use). As with rubber mats, jute mats absorb moisture well and do not slip under the hands of practitioners. At the same time, they are lighter than rubber. There are yoga mats with the addition of jute fibers. For example, the model of the yoga mat Jute Pro is made mainly of PVC, to which jute threads are added, forming a relief.

The Samurai model combines natural rubber with jute filaments with cellular topography. This combination provides stability and eliminates slip.

Cotton yoga mats

This is the most ancient material of yoga mats. Yogis in India practiced on pure cotton mats (either from the skins).

Cotton rugs moderately slip, easily absorb moisture, look good in the house. With intensive studio practice, they will quickly become dirty, but they can be washed in an ordinary typewriter.

In the shop

Properties yogamatov

Sticky yogamata

In dynamic and static asanas, we often find ourselves in unstable postures. In such poses gliding can lead to a fall, so we do not like gliding in yogomats, and we love stickiness.

Stickiness – the clutch mat on one side with the body, on the other – with the floor. This property allows you to comfortably perform complex dynamic and power static, balanced asanas.

Stickiness has two inverse effects. As with tires, the higher the stickiness, the faster the mat wears. And if you would like to slip beautifully from one pose to another, the sticky mat will slide along with your body.

The highest degree of stickiness – rubber mats.

Moisture resistance yoga mat

In dynamic practices, we sweat, sometimes so actively that the drops drop straight on the mat. If at the same time the mat does not absorb moisture well, then it is easy to slip. Best of all absorb moisture mats made of natural materials: rubber with jute, rubber, cotton.

For practice in conditions of high humidity invented yoga towels, whose task: to absorb moisture. They are put on top of a yogomat. They are made of soft microfiber with the addition of silicone impregnations for adhesion to the mat. Especially convenient is the yoga towel for hot yoga (hot yoga), since the mat after intensive practice must be disinfected, instead of which you can simply wash the towel.

Flexibility (tensile strength) yoga mat

Yoga mat should not stretch. On the contrary, yogomats are reinforced to increase strength, which prevents stretching. Reinforcement – is the inner frame of the rug of polyester filaments.

Sizes of a yogomat

Universal sizes of yogomats: length – 183 cm, width – 60 cm. Sports brands (Nike, Adidas, Reebok) make mats with a length of 171–173 cm.

Dynamic complexes, such as Ashtanga Vinyasa, require more space in length and mats 200–220 cm.

A universal rule for choosing the size of a rug: “Your height plus 10–15 cm”, for dynamic practices: “Your height plus 20–30 cm”.

There are mats of increased width: 80 cm, 122 cm, square

(for paired yoga) and oval yoga mats.

Any increase in size is an increase in carpet weight and complexity for transportation.

Yoga Mat Thickness

Beginners often choose yoga mats with a thickness of 6 mm. Such a yogamat is soft, warm (it skips cold from the floor a little), but as a rule it is slippery and not sticky and heavy. The exception for stickiness and stability for thick mats is the Pro Mat Manduka model.

The comfortable thickness of yoga mats for cold spaces is 4–5 mm. Rugs of such thickness do not allow to freeze, remaining steady. Professional floor mats are 1.5–3 mm thick. They can be folded like a towel, easy to transport. For example, the Travel Mat model.

Yoga Mat Manufacturers

A common myth about yoga mats: “You can not buy Chinese rugs.” A country that has become a culture-educating and navigator largely in the history of mankind today is associated with cheap substandard goods.

Yes, in the market there are fake rugs Manduka and Bodhi, but the production of most of the brands are also in China. And even if we see on the label that the goods are produced in Europe or America, this does not mean that the rug is not made in China or Taiwan at the factory of the corresponding brand.

In the Yogatools store, I offer the opportunity to buy not only mats from European and American manufacturers, but also low-cost, high-quality yoga mats made in China. The quality of these rugs, I also carefully tested.

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