Posts Tagged ‘best yoga mat’

Five Things To Look For To Find The Best Yoga Mat

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Whether you are a Yoga beginner or advanced, your poses will be better and less apt to be injurious if you have the best yoga mat. You want to get a good workout and not play slip and slide especially if you are doing Bikram Yoga poses in a room that is one hundred and five degrees Fahrenheit. The perspiration causes an inferior mat to become very slippery thus inviting injury. You want a mat that will be absorbent and strong yet comfortable. The following are the five things to look out for best Yoga mats.

  • The Barefoot Yoga Company has what they call the Yoga  Sticky Mats which is 1/8” thick and has stable surface that is non slip and is good for any type of Yoga. It is lightweight and durable and can be folded or rolled to accommodate many poses.
  • For twenty dollars, you can get a cheap Yoga mat in the Danskin Yoga Fitness Kit, which has in it a Yoga mat, an exercise gall, cotton Yoga strap, fitness guidebook, workout DVD, light resistance band and a blow tube.
  • If you like a thick mat that you want a Natural Fitness Powerhouse Mat. It is a great value for under $19 dollars and they plant a tree with every purchase.
  • Galam’s Prosperity Yoga Mat is great but not inexpensive, however, it is stable and has anon slip surface. The mat is good for home or studio use.
  • The Eco Yoga Mat has a non slip surface. It is a more expensive mat but measures 68”x24” which makes it a good value.

Cheap Yoga Mats

Sunday, March 14th, 2010
YogiToes Towel and Tapas Ultra Mat

YogiToes Towel and Tapas Ultra Mat

If you want to start doing yoga, your first investment should be in a yoga mat.  You might be curious about cheap yoga mats if you are on a budget.  Luckily, a good yoga mat will last you forever, so it’s wise to invest a little chunk of change to get one that will last a long time like the Hugger Mugger Tapas Ultra Mat (pictured) combined with Yogitoes Skidless Mat-Size Yoga Towel (pictured).

The best yoga mat will help you maintain balance and poise while doing the various postures. You will be surprised to know that our bodies are not as balanced as they seem. We tend to be strong or weak either on the right or left side of the body. A good yoga mat will help you maintain balance, coordination, safety and confidence.

Most of us have an illusion that the word cheap means things that are not of good standard but cheap need not necessarily imply bad quality. It just signifies that a product is available at a price range that would be ideal for you.

There are a number of websites where you can check the various types of yoga mats depending on your budget. The best yoga mat provides durability, comfort and is non toxic and eco friendly. The various postures of yoga are generally done barefoot and you must be careful not to slip or fall which could lead to injuries. In order to avoid such a scenario, it would be advisable to use yoga sticky mats like the Hugger Mugger Tapas Ultra Mat (pictured).

You must keep in mind the following criteria while choosing a yoga mat:

  • Can you carry it easily?
  • Are they washable?
  • Will the grip remain the same even if you sweat?
  • Are they durable?
  • Is it non toxic and eco friendly?

All you need to do to find a yoga mat is, browse the internet and you will find one that suits your needs and requirements at a price just right for you.

If you really like your yoga mat, leave a comment and let me know which brand and model it is, so I can check it out.

Best Yoga Mat

Saturday, March 6th, 2010
Tapas Ultra by Huggar Muggar Mat and Yogitoes Towel

Tapas Ultra by Hugger Mugger Mat and Yogitoes Towel

Irrespective of whether you are a beginner or a veteran, in order to do your best yoga, you’ve gotta have the best yoga mat to make your sessions of yoga successful.

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I am a fan of the Hugger Mugger Tapas Ultra Mat combined with Yogitoes Skidless Yoga Towel.

The basic equipment that you will need to practice the Asana in a comfortable position is a yoga mat and it ensures both stability and safety. There are a number of materials that the mats are made of and these include latex, cotton, microfiber and rubber. A good mat could make all the difference in you having a great or a bad yoga session.

So what are the qualities that make a good yoga mat?

  • Support
  • Stability
  • Durability
  • Light and easy to roll
  • Non slip
  • Comfortable
  • Portability
  • Non toxic
  • Eco-friendly

The various postures of yoga require you to cushion your elbows and knees and care should be taken that you do not slip while performing them. Yoga sticky mats are ideal as they will provide you with the support and stability that you will need while doing the asana.

The mats come in various lengths and size; you can choose one depending on your individual requirement. Depending on your budget you can also buy cheap yoga mats and these are considered ideal for beginners who might not wish to invest a lot of money. You can always check the material and thickness before deciding to buy the mat. If possible you could lie down on the mat to check your comfort level.

The two popular types of yoga mats are sticky mats and travel mats and depending on your needs and preferences you can choose one that would enhance your overall performance.

Day 4 – Snow Day!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010
Tapas Ultra Mat and Yogitoes Towel

Tapas Ultra Mat and Yogitoes Towel

Woke up at 6am today and immediately called the number for the studio because I wanted to make sure that class was still on. 

The studio has a single owner and is the only location, so it is nice small business situation.  The owner had recorded a message saying class was canceled for the 6am class, so I decided to take a snow day!  It was really nice to go back to bed for a few hours.

I had a seminar to attend at 11am, so I couldn’t make the 9am class and then the seminar was canceled too…so I could have made the 9am class in hindsight, but without knowing I didn’t.

Since my body is getting a lot of exercise all of a sudden, I figured a day of rest wouldn’t be too bad!  I’ll get back at it tomorrow and then have the weekend to really recover. I always feel skinnier when I have a chance to recover from workouts.

Also, most times when I take a day of rest, I can get into more advanced yoga positions the next class, which is exciting.

I wanted to get suggestions on what you thought was the best yoga mat.  I have always been a fan of Hugger Mugger made by Tapas.  They end up being great yoga sticky mats.

Of course, I think you can use whatever mat (even ones that you can buy at Target), as long as you have a Yogitoes Towel!  Those things rock!  I have them in Yellow, Pink, White and Green.  I love them all and it is fun to switch them up depending on my mood. Seriously, though, you do not need to have a super sticky mat when you have the Yogitoes!

They also make a hand towel, if you are interested. I just use a regular hand towel: