Whether you just got into yoga or you're an advanced yoga enthusiast, now that we are in a time where we can't go to yoga studios, it is very convenient to have our own yoga mats at home. Yes, you don't need a yoga mat to start, just a simple bath towel will do, but the comfort, cushioning, and stability of a yoga mat makes a world of difference.
There a lot of yoga mats out there, some are very cheap, while some can be very expensive. Choosing which yoga mat to buy can be quite overwhelming. But don't worry, we've got you covered! We've made a thorough research on what you need to know and consider when buying a yoga mat as well as some of our recommendations for the best yoga mats you can buy online, so keep on reading!
Looking at a yoga mat, one might think that it is simple, and choosing the right one for you would be easy. But there are a lot more things to consider when buying your yoga mat like the material it's made of, the size, and even the design.
Worry not! We have curated our guide to help you choose a yoga mat that will fit your needs and wants.
PVC, rubber, TPE and EVA are some of the most commonly used materials to make yoga mats. Manufacturers are required to disclose whatever material they use, so you can check the labels to make sure.
PVC or polyvinyl chloride is one of the most commonly used material to make yoga mats. These yoga mats have a sticky surface, which helps hugely when it comes to balance and stability when doing poses. However, PVC yoga mats are non-biodegradable, which means that they might last longer, but they’re not environmentally friendly.
PVC is latex-free, so it’s safe for those with latex allergies. PVC yoga mats may also come cheaper, so they’re good as a starter yoga mat- perfect for beginners who want to dip their toes into the meditative art of yoga, but aren't ready yet to spend a huge amount of money
These yoga mats have a very grippy surface, helping with balance when doing poses, and helping avoid slipping. Because of the natural rubber, these mats may have a harder surface. They will also be heavier so transporting it might prove difficult.
These mats can also come with a smell that is noticeable at first and is not recommended for people with latex allergies. Natural rubber yoga mats are very durable, provide excellent cushioning, and have good slip-resistant features.
Natural yoga mats made of cork, jute, and cotton are also available as options but are less widely-used.
These mats are perfect for more advanced yogis since these provide a lot of traction, you don't have to worry about slipping or falling when doing more daring poses. However, compared to PVC and NBR mats, TPE mats are the most expensive ones.
Ethylene-vinyl acetate is the material that makes up EVA Yoga mats. These mats are synthetic, very lightweight and have good resistance to cracking. These might be the lightest yoga mats out there, so if you always travel and practice yoga during your journey, EVA yoga mats are your best bet.
EVA yoga mats have a high moisture-resistance and are relatively easy to clean after your yoga sessions. EVA yoga mats are the same materials as flip-flops and those puzzle-like foam floor mats. So just like those, these mats tend to stretch as you work out, and EVA mats may contain noticeable chemical odors that can be undesirable.
3 to 4mm thick is the standard thickness in a yoga mat and works for most people, so this is a good thickness to start with. This thickness is also easier to store and carry. If you have some joint problems, or if you just want more support for your joints, go for something thicker like an 8mm or a 10mm one.
You have to keep in mind that when you’re doing yoga, a thicker mat might make it harder to balance and do some standing poses. Thicker mats might make you feel less connected to the floor. Also, it will be heavier than and not as portable as the thinner yoga mats.
180cm with a width of 61cm is the standard dimension of most yoga mats. So if you’re taller, make sure to get an extra-long yoga mat. Extra-wide ones are also available so if you want more space.
Now that you know the right things to consider when buying a yoga mat, here are some of our recommendations on yoga mats that you can buy online in the Philippines.
|Design||Plain, 2 Colors|
|Design||Plain, Ice Blue/Aqua Blue|
|Design||Plain, 6 Colors|
|Design||Tie-Dye, 7 Colors|
|Design||Plain, 4 Colors|
|Design||Print, 5 Designs|
|Design||Plain, 5 colors|
|Design||Plain, 5 Colors|
Non-Slip Yoga Mat
Outdoor High Quality Yoga Mat
130cm Double Person Wide Yoga Mat
4mm Thickness EVA Comfort Foam Yoga Mat
Gym Sports Yoga Mat Tie-Dye
Thickened Printed Anti-Slip Yoga Towel
TPE Non-Slip Yoga Mat
Anti-Slip Chamois Yoga Mat
Thick and Wide Non-Slip NBR Yoga Mat
LUOWAN 183 x 61 x 1cm Extra Thick Yoga Mats and Exercise Mat with Carrying Strap
|Features||A Reversible TPE Mat That H...||A Perfect Indoor and Outdoo...||AN NBR Yoga Mat Perfect For...||An Affordable Starter EVA Y...||A Very Cute Eco-Friendly TP...||A Very Light And Portable C...||A Simple But Eco-Friendly T...||Stand Out With Bold Prints ...||A Thick and Wide NBR Yoga M...||A No-Nonsense NBR Yoga Mat ...|
|Material||TPE||NBR Rubber||NBR Rubber||EVA Foam||TPE, Suede||Fine Fiber||TPE||TPE, Suede||NBR Rubber||NBR Rubber|
|Design||Plain, 2 Colors||Plain, Ice Blue/Aqua Blue||Plain, Pink/Purple||Plain, 6 Colors||Tie-Dye, Pink/Purple||Tie-Dye, 7 Colors||Plain, 4 Colors||Print, 5 Designs||Plain, 5 colors||Plain, 5 Colors|
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Now you know that when choosing a yoga mat, there are a number of things to consider. Each person has different needs and preferences, so we hope that this guide and recommendation list helped you find the perfect yoga mat for you. Namaste!
Author: Rie Niijima
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