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There is no perfect yoga mat, as none of them adapts to all the different styles of this discipline, so it is best to get informed before buying. If you're looking for the best yoga mat that will support your moves or postures, here you'll find everything you need to make the best decision.

We want to make this process easier and give you all the details about the best rated models, the features to take into account depending on the style of yoga you practice, as well as the most common questions among buyers.




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Buying guide

The yoga mat is the only external tool used by the yoga practitioner.
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What is a yoga mat?

Yoga is a discipline that originated in the East, and took thousands of years to become popular in the West. The techniques have evolved, but the original movements and ideals have remained the same. A mat is a kind of mat that allows you to practice yoga more comfortably. They are available in various designs, colours and price ranges.

People seem to love yoga for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it requires very little equipment to practice. You can take a yoga class or follow a YouTube video in your own home. However, the vast majority of us (Westerners) find it very useful to have a yoga mat.

Why should you have a yoga mat?

And if you are working on things like breathing and flexibility, your body needs to be comfortable. Obviously, you'll be looking to focus on movement and not worry about hard or slippery surfaces. A yoga mat will give you a stable, softer surface on which to do your exercises.

Be careful, you don't need to spend a large sum of money to buy a good one, nor do you need to be seduced by the best known brands, you should first compare if it really meets the conditions for the type of yoga you need. Remember that there is no such thing as the "best mat", it depends on what kind of yoga you want to practice.

Advantages
  • It allows you to concentrate better on your exercises and breathing
  • It can prevent injuries
  • It gives you a softer surface for your practice
  • It gives you better stability against sweat
  • It helps to delimit your space in the practice room
Disadvantages
  • It is difficult to find any disadvantages, except that you will have to make a small investment by buying a

Yoga mat by type of exercise - what should you pay attention to?

As mentioned above, it is important to choose a yoga mat that suits you, the type of yoga you do, your lifestyle, your priorities and your budget. Below is a list of the features of the most popular mats:

Yoga type Size and weight Material
Manduka Prolite 180.3 x 61 cm x 4.7 mm - 3.56 kg Non-toxic, 100% latex latest intervention
Manduka eKO SuperLite travel 172.7 x 61 cm x 1.5 mm - 1.5 kg Made from natural rubber. Free of oil-based products, toxic materials, foaming agents, PVC and toxic plasticisers
Yes4All Premium 172.7 x 61 cm x 5 mm - 3 kg Eco Friendly, latex free
Gaiam Print Premium 172.7 x 60.9 cm x 5 mm - 2 kg PVC does not contain the phthalates DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP and DNOP

How much does a yoga mat cost?

The variety of yoga mats on the market today is quite extensive. You can find different sizes, colours, materials, designs, but, we insist, your analysis should be based on the type of yoga you decide to practice... and your budget, obviously.

You can find quality yoga mats from 300 MXN. However, if you start to be more demanding with the traction and durability of the mat, these prices can go up to 2000 MXN.

Gives you a softer surface to practice on.
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Where to buy a yoga mat?

Every day the popularity of Yoga in the West increases and it is easier to find yoga mats for sale in different shops in every city. In CDMX try Martí, Mister Tennis, Yoga 108 or La Cueva del Yogi.

If you prefer to shop online, you can also find them on sites like Amazon, Ebay, Best Buy, or Mercado Libre.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of Yoga Mats.

Although in theory it seems like a simple and easy decision, buying a mat has considerations that most beginners don't think to ask. Here are some of them:

Warranty

This point is very, very important. When you are going to invest money in a yoga mat, one of the things you think about is how long will it last? That's why our recommendation is that you choose one that has a guarantee of durability, so that you don't pay extra if it's only going to last you for a year, for example.

It is also important to take into account the return guarantee you have in case the product is damaged or defective. That is why another of our recommendations is that you keep in mind the existing conditions on this subject, in case something happens.

The yoga mat helps you to define your personal space in a studio. The variety is large. Learn how to choose the best one for you.
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Thickness

How thick do you want your mat to be? If you're "bony", or your knees bother you when you touch the floor, you may prefer a thicker mat. Mats of 5mm or 6mm are considered "thick".

There are very thin mats (1mm) that feel as if you are practising almost directly on the floor. But there are some (typically pilates or martial arts) that are too thick, and take away the stability to do balancing poses. Better to look for a 3 or 4 mm one to start with.

Traction

It is logical that sometimes you slip. But both to improve your balance and to be able to concentrate on your breathing, and to avoid slipping on the mat, with sweat or simply with friction, it is best to take this point into account when buying one.

Rubber and latex have a better grip than PVC.

Environmental responsibility

If you've made it part of your lifestyle to be "eco-conscious", then you'll definitely want to buy an eco-friendly mat. Consider the material your mat is made of when you buy it.

PVC: Most cheap mats are produced from this material. Many people prefer not to use this compound because it is not very environmentally friendly. This material tends to emit toxic gases when manufactured, when disposed of in municipal waste dumps, and when incinerated.

A typical PVC mat requires 23 kg of petrochemicals and minerals, uses almost 1,000 litres of water, and converts about 15 kg of air into greenhouse gases.

TPE: This material is a synthetic rubber, which although supposed to be "biodegradable", is not fully proven. It is definitely a better material than PVC in terms of sustainability, but it is not exactly "clean".

Rubber Rubber: This rubber comes straight from trees, and is a much friendlier and more sustainable material. The best known brand that manufactures with this material is called "Jade" - and for every mat sold they plant a tree.

Size and Weight

Manduka (PVC) and Jade (rubber) are famously heavy, especially the 5mm thick versions (the thicker ones).

Although both brands have thinner and therefore lighter versions, such as the so-called "Travel" (1mm) we recommend that you load the mat, if you buy it in a physical shop, before you buy it, and ask yourself if it is something you are willing to carry (sometimes it stays in the yoga studio and doesn't matter much).

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