Mat Yoga - The Way of Finding a Perfect Yoga Mat

Times are changing and Yoga is become very popular in the west. People are becoming more health-conscious, trying to save themselves from misery by engaging in various "green" and "organic" trends and activities. While most of these trends are a passing fad (supplements, pills, powders, juices, etc.) Yoga is a proven science, thousands years old, with an established lineage of experienced schools and teachers. Many people are taking up yoga because it is safe, effective and does not require any significant effort, unlike pilates or more intensive programs. Yoga works on the body as much as it does on the mind, and its subtle effects are felt immediately.

Before actively engaging in the practice of Yoga, consider investing into a good mat - Yoga's only required accessory that could make a significant difference in your progress. A good mat will provide with additional support, stability and comfort and make practice very enjoyable. On the contrary, a less than adequate mat could turn your class into a nightmare. Read on to find out how to find that perfect mat - Yoga practitioner's best friend.

The following factors will play the most important roles in determining your needs:

Your skill level Beginners are advised against investing into own yoga mat recommendations. Many people quit after only a few classes and throw their mats away eventually. A good mat could easily cost up to a $100 but will biodegrade rapidly because of its natural materials, a cheaper PVC mat will take many years to decompose. Think about how many people give up yoga and throw their mats away every year. That's not good mat yoga.

If you are just getting started, use a mat provided by your studio - they are clean, decent and thick enough for everyone. Once you practice for a while and begin to feel the effects, it may be time to consider purchasing your own mat.

Your budget Mat prices range from $10 to $100 depending on quality of the material. All-natural rubber mats are usually more expensive, but offer superior durability, cushioning, and comfort. Cheaper, PVC and PER (less harmful to the environment than PVC) mats for yoga sometimes feature similar characteristics but cost a lot less. Generally, the more advanced and dedicated you are, the more you should spend on your mat, as the investment will pay off in the future. The price-quality relationship with yoga mats is almost direct.

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