A yoga mat is not only prevented slipperiness but also provided a protective effect when you are making some knee moves. If the mat is too thin, the knee will have a very strong squeezing pressure with the ground, especially when doing a tiger pose. A yoga mat is not only a tool, but also a protection tool for your body so that you can avoid injury, better protect your spine, knees, and other joints, and also let you get a healthier body. A yoga towel can be used as an aid, placed on a yoga mat, to increase length, and can be used to protect the body from catching a cold during rest.
How to choose a yoga mat?
1. TPE mat is the most environmentally friendly
TPE is the most high-grade yoga mat product, does not contain chlorinated substances, does not contain metal elements, anti-static, each mat is about 1200 grams, lighter than the PVC foam mat about 300 grams, and is more suitable for carrying out. General thickness 6mm-8mm.
Features: soft, comfortable, strong grip – placed on any ground are more secure. Compared with the PVC yoga mat, the weight is about 300 grams lighter and more convenient to carry around.
The advantages of TPE mats, are light quality, easy to carry, easy to clean, wet and dry state non-slip are excellent, and the mat TPE material purity is no smell. For most PVC foam mats because of the process and cost reasons or some taste, there is no way to remove this.
2. PVC is cost-effective and good-quality
PVC foam (Pvc content 96% of the weight of the yoga mat is about 1500 grams) PVC is a chemical raw material. PVC is not soft and plays a non-slip before it foamed. Only after it foams, can produce the finished product like a yoga mat, or non-slip mat.
Features: PVC material is affordable, available everywhere, and the quality is also guaranteed, and cost-effective.
What should I pay attention to when choosing a yoga mat?
The length should not be shorter than your height, and the width should not be narrower than your shoulder width. The thickness should be about 5mm. If the mat is too thin, you will feel pain when the joints touch the ground. If it is too thick, it will affect the stability of the standing movement.
Observe the elasticity of the yoga mat.
Use your hand to squeeze the mat. If you feel that both fingers are easily pinched together, it proves that the mat is too soft. Even if the mat is thick, the joints such as the knees will be painful when they touch the ground. If the mat is too hard, our fragile skin can not accept it, and it is easy to break, and not easy to store.
Uniformity of yoga mat.
Lay the yoga mat flat, and observe the uniformity of its foam. If the foam is not a uniform mat surface, it is easy to produce damage in the process of use. If the raised part of the foam is broken, it cannot be repaired.
Light and heavy moderate.
If the mat is too heavy, it is not easy to carry. If the mat slides on the ground or the hand slides on the mat surface, it means that the mat is not very good in terms of slip resistance.