So you’ve decided to join the 21 million adults in the U.S. who practice yoga. Or maybe you’ve had it with your mat, and you’re looking for a new one. In any case, over at The Huffington Post we’ve been wondering: what should we be looking for in a yoga mat to make sure we get the most out of our vinyasa?
Upon consulting a few yoga instructors, we got some insight into what everyone should know before buying a yoga mat. Here are some tips.
Go for grip.
Is there anything worse than sliding around on your yoga mat while trying to take deep breaths in downward dog? Nope. So when you’re shopping for a mat, test out grip. Are your palms sliding around? Are you clinging to your mat for dear life? If so, it’s probably not the mat for you. But if you do end up with a slippery mat, yoga instructor Yanoula Athanassakis has a few suggestions.
“One trick I use with new mats that slip is chalk, or I roll them on the concrete outside to get rid of that slippery surface of the untouched mat,” she told HuffPost.
If you’re new to yoga, make sure your mat is padded enough …
When you’re just starting out, building up your strength takes some time — so make sure your mat is there to help you out along the way.
“For brand new yogis, it’s important to have a more padded mat to that can slowly build joint and muscle strength and help prevent injury,” Athanassakis said. “I used a flimsy mat for a period and my wrist really bothered me from inversions.”