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You have been doing Yoga for a while now and you are completely ready to buy your own Yoga mat, simply because this is more hygienic than a mat from your Yoga studio and you may want to build your own Yoga practice at home. So you start looking for your mat!
Once you have arrived at our website, you will discover that there are many different Yoga mats. A lot of different Yoga mats. Then choosing seems like a big task. Yoga mats come in different thicknesses, lengths, materials and last but not least: colors.
How do you choose? Below you will find an explanation about the materials, thicknesses and dimensions. This will help you find the Yoga mat that best suits you, your Yoga style and your wishes.
You will see on our website that most Yoga mats are made of PVC, also known as Sticky Yoga Mats. These mats have a good grip, so that you do not slip in the most challenging Yoga posture, and remain well on the floor. A PVC Yoga mat has a long lifespan and some mats are virtually wear-resistant. A Yoga mat made of PVC is suitable for all Yoga styles. Another advantage of this mat: you can simply wash it in the washing machine (up to 60 degrees)!
PVC Yoga Mats you do need to 'yoga in', which means that your Yoga Mat gets more grip and becomes finer through use. If you want to speed up this process, read our blog How to fix a slippery yoga mat.
Go green! If you prefer an environmentally friendly(er) Yoga mat, then perhaps a TPE mat is more your thing. A TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) - combination of plastic and rubber - Yoga mat is free from harmful substances, hypoallergenic and is 100% biodegradable. This Eco Yoga mat has instant grip. This material is softer than PVC, which offers more comfort when sitting and lying down, a very pleasant Yoga mat for Yoga styles such as Yin Yoga and Kundalini Yoga.
However, because it 'gives more' balance positions become a slightly greater challenge and the open-cell structure ensures a shorter lifespan for very active forms of Yoga such as Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Hot Yoga.
This Eko Yoga mat is also made for the environmentally conscious Yogi. Natural rubber is often processed with a different material such as cotton or jute. These Yoga mats have a very good grip and you will keep this even with moist (sweaty) hands and feet. Natural rubber Yoga mats have a somewhat longer lifespan than TPE, but wear faster with intensive forms of Yoga. So sustainable for the environment is not always sustainable in use.
N.B. Natural rubber has a "specific" odor that never goes away completely. Keep this in mind.
The most common dimensions of a Yoga mat are 1.83 m long and 61/62 cm wide. Not to worry for the taller Yogis among us: you don't have to place your hands and feet 'outboard' in your Downward Dog, we also have Yoga mats in lengths of 2m and 2.16m.
Yoga mats come in thicknesses ranging from 2 mm (these are often travel yoga mats) to 7 mm. The most commonly used Yoga mats are 4 mm and 6 mm thick. Which thickness should you choose? That is very personal. For example, 4 mm mats are more stable with standing and balance positions, while 6 mm mats give just a little (more), but they are very nice with sitting and lying positions. Again: this is very personal, so consider what works best for you and especially what works best for your body.
Because you are looking for YOUR Yoga mat and want to stand on it very regularly, the eye also wants something. Yoga mats come in many colors, and some even have a print! When choosing a color and / or print, find out for yourself what makes you happy and / or relaxed. Somewhere, the whole of Yoga should not matter, but we - The Girls from Yogashop.nl - know that it really does matter! :-)