6 truths about yoga mats
1. What kind of yoga mat is better to use?
When choosing and applying yoga mats, we often think that there are only differences in thickness and size. In fact, there are several materials for yoga mats, and the performance and experience of different materials are different.
There are currently five main materials for yoga mats on the market: NBR (nitrile rubber), TPE (thermoplastic elastomer), rubber, PU rubber (polyurethane), and PVC (polyvinyl chloride).
Yoga mat made of NBR: good abrasion resistance, but non-slip and poor elasticity. Because the material may use island calcium oxide (ie quicklime) as a filler during processing, if the proportion of calcium oxide is not well controlled, the production The yoga mat that comes out may cause skin allergies or a burning sensation. NBR yoga mats are relatively cheaper and more suitable for yoga beginners.
TPE material is widely used in sports equipment. Yoga mats made of this material have good anti-skid effect, elasticity and durability, but the price is generally slightly higher, which is more suitable for professional yoga practice.
The rubber yoga mat has good resilience, durability, and anti-slip performance, but if your hands and feet are sweaty, the anti-slip effect will be significantly reduced. Although this kind of material has a strong smell and is not easy to remove, it is safe and harmless.
PU material is mainly used in artificial leather, sofa, car steering wheel outer membrane, etc. The yoga mat of this material is absorbent and breathable, and has a good anti-skid effect. Even if sweating and water are present during exercise, it can be effectively anti-skid. However, the PU rubber mat is a yoga mat made of a polyurethane film and a rubber base at high temperature. The yoga mat of this material is very expensive, and it is easy to absorb dust, afraid of oil, and difficult to manage. It is not recommended to choose this one~
In fact, PVC yoga mats are gradually being eliminated from the market. The tear resistance and elasticity of this yoga mat are very poor, and it is easy to slag after being used for a long time.
2. What size is more suitable for the yoga mat?
Yoga mats are usually available in two sizes, 173*61cm and 183*61cm, which is sufficient for most people.
Of course, there are many lengthened and widened models on the market, and beginners can choose a suitable size according to their needs.
3. The thicker the yoga mat, the better?
It is said that high-end yoga masters have different yoga mats, because yoga pays attention to the control of their own body, so the higher the level of practice, the thinner the mat may be.
Some delivery experts suggest that beginners try to choose a yoga mat with a thickness of 8mm. After getting started, you can use the international standard thickness of 6mm. Yoga mats with a thickness of 10mm or more are not recommended. Because the mat is too thick, it will affect the body of the island. Balance is not conducive to practice.
4. Should both sides of the yoga mat be non-slip?
Because yoga has many postures that need to be balanced, and the athlete’s body sweats a lot during the exercise, if the surface of the yoga mat has a poor anti-slip effect, it may affect the accuracy of the action.
When doing some difficult movements, if the hands and feet are slipping, there will be great safety risks. If the yoga mat does not have enough grip, there will also be these problems.
5. The soft cushion has good elasticity?
For many yoga novices, the soft electronic stepping is particularly comfortable, and they often mistakenly think that this kind of electronic is very suitable for practice.
If the electron is soft and inflexible, it will be uncomfortable to move. Imagine the following in the process of exercise, the pit on the electron cannot return to normal for a long time, and it will not be able to wash its characteristics of poor elasticity.
6. Can the yoga mat be used as a crawling mat for children?
For many people, having a good-looking baby and practicing parent-child yoga together is a super beautiful thing. Even if the child is still young, letting him/her crawl and play on the mat will kill two birds with one stone, that is, maintain close contact with the child and solve the trouble of having to put another crawling mat at home.
Yoga mats and children’s crawling mats are best to perform their own duties. Don’t confuse them. Using yoga mats as crawling mats may have an impact on children’s health. Using crawling mats as yoga mats may cause them to drive away.
In short, although yoga is good, choosing a suitable auxiliary equipment is also very important!
Post time: Sep-29-2021