What size is the right yoga mat? How thick is the yoga mat

Posted by Allen Lee on December 17th, 2020

Yoga is a very popular way of exercise. Many people practice yoga regularly. Yoga mat is a necessary fitness equipment for practicing yoga. There are many styles of yoga mats. Let’s take a look at yoga mats. What size is suitable? How thick is the yoga mat suitable?

What size is the right yoga mat
The international standard for yoga mat size is 183*61, but there are also 173*61. This can be selected according to your height; you need to pay attention to the thickness, because yoga mats have many materials, and the load-bearing degree of each material is different. Kneeling on a mat with a bad material will hurt your knees, dozens of yuan, and it's really not durable.

The size of the yoga mat is selected according to personal height. The high-quality rubber mat, 5mm, whether it is non-slip, or the feeling of kneeling on it, is better than those PVC mats in the yoga studio. You can consider. Yoga mats are placed underneath when practicing yoga. The materials of yoga mats are generally divided into TPE foam, PVC foam, EVA, latex mat, CBR mat and so on.

There are two standard sizes of yoga mats. The surface of the yoga mat has uniform particles, full bubbles, soft hand feeling, non-toxic, odorless, non-slip, strong resilience, and strong tear resistance. It is an ideal choice for yoga practitioners. In addition, the yoga mat can effectively block the cold on the ground, has a strong grip, and has outstanding resilience, flatness, slip resistance, and human skin compatibility. You can do some other fitness exercises on it, suitable for children's play mats and outdoor camping mats.

How thick is the yoga mat
The thickness of the yoga mat can be determined according to the practitioner's own situation, the general yoga mat thickness is 1.5-4 mm.

1. According to the practitioner's yoga foundation

Generally, for those who are just starting to do yoga, they may wish to use a thicker mat, such as 6mm thick, to prevent sports injuries. However, you should not choose a thick mat for fear of pain. Too thick will easily lose your balance during practice, and your center of gravity will be unstable, resulting in crippled feet. If you have a certain foundation, you can choose a yoga mat with a thickness of about 3.5mm-5mm. Hardcore fans and professional yogis generally use yoga mats with a thickness of 1.5-4 mm.

When buying a yoga mat, use your thumb and index finger to pinch the yoga mat and try the hardness. The more elastic the yoga mat is more protective for the human body. Moreover, if you are very afraid of pain, you can choose a relatively thick yoga mat for practice.

2. According to the form of yoga practiced

In terms of personal needs, it depends on the form of yoga. If you learn yoga based on softness training, most of the time you sit on the mat, then the mat is thicker and softer, and you will sit more comfortably. However, if the yoga is mainly Power Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga, the mat should not be too thick, and the requirements for slip resistance should also be higher. The mat is too soft, and it will be difficult to do a lot of movements while standing on it (especially the balance movements such as tree poses are the most obvious). Some people who are more demanding will feel that too thick yoga mats hinder their contact with the ground and so on. In addition, this kind of yoga action that will sweat a lot, if there is no mat with better anti-slip degree, slipping will occur.

How to choose the right yoga mat
1. The choice of yoga mat can smell or not

When buying, it is recommended to ask the shopping guide to disassemble the new yoga mat and smell it for any peculiar smell. It is not advisable for the peculiar smell to be too strong or not to dissipate for a long time. Therefore, it is recommended that beginners go to a physical store to buy yoga mats. If you buy online, you can’t smell it.

2. The choice of yoga mat can depend on whether it is slippery

When buying a mat, be sure to try the mat on the ground and gently push the mat away. There must be a dry feeling, so that it is not easy to slip and has a strong grip. Avoid too much foaming agent on the surface of the yoga mat, it will have a slippery feeling, which is not conducive to the safety of practice. Even if you sweat a lot, you can practice with ease. The bottom of the mat is full of particles and won't slip.

3. The choice of yoga mat can pay attention to the material

The material is the most important thing everyone should pay attention to when buying a yoga mat, and it is also the key to determining the price of the mat. Beginners buy yoga mats, many of them are good-looking ones, but they often ignore the quality of the mat. Generally speaking, TPE pads are the most environmentally friendly, but the price is higher. PVC foam cushions are cheap and good quality, and can be bought everywhere, and the quality is guaranteed. These two mats are more suitable for beginners to buy. Those who do not consider the price are best to buy high-grade TPE material, and buy the cheap ones, it is recommended to choose PVC foam pad.

Which side of the yoga mat is facing up

There are undulating stripes facing up.
Generally, the two sides of the yoga mat we buy are different. One side is completely smooth and flat, the other side is undulating, and there are stripes. When using a yoga mat, the smooth and flat side is facing down on the ground. The side with undulations and stripes facing upward is the side where our feet are standing. There are actually many reasons why the matte side is facing upwards, for example, it has the effect of anti-slip and it also helps training.

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