How to Choose the Right Yoga Mat

How to Choose the Right Yoga Mat

Yoga helps build strength and flexibility, can help relieve stress and can improve overall mental and physical wellness – and us mums can truly benefit from all of the above. Compared to other fitness activities, yoga requires minimal gear to get started. Whilst most studios provide everything a beginner needs, investing in your own personal mat will make your sessions more enjoyable, not to mention more hygienic.

Wherever you practice, a proper mat is essential to first and foremost prevent injuries but also to prevent frustration. Slipping around on a rug or a towel will soon lead to you giving up on this wellness practice when what we want is for you to truly benefit from this daily sliver of ‘’me time’’.

The first thing to look for is the mats thickness and weight. A standard thickness is about 1/8 inches and is excellent for all types of yoga, ranging from beginner to intermediate and lastly a full-on yogini goddess. You are looking for a mat that is in solid contact with the floor which helps stabilising you during a variety of poses. A standard weight of a modern yoga mat is around 2 kgs.

We highly recommend a mat that – in the true spirit of yoga – is kind on the environment. In other words, pick one that is biodegradable and made out of natural rubber sap instead of the manmade PVC plastic options that might be a few dirhams cheaper. Take a look at our wide range of yoga mats and accessories at Mumzworld!

Lastly – don’t forget to enjoy your practice. It doesn’t need to be technically impressive as long as it (in the words of Marie Kondo) brings you joy.

 

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