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Tips On How To Choose The Best Yoga Mats In Singapore
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We are well aware of the goodness that yoga bestows upon our mind and body, but what we do not know is the importance of the yoga mat that we use. The core idea of using a yoga mat is to prevent the heat, charges and other energies generated during the asanas from getting washed down to the earth due to the grounding effect. Another important use of Yoga mat which most of us know is, it helps practitioners to keep their hold strong on the surface due to its anti-slipping nature. Thus it is important to invest on a good one, and here are some tips on how to choose the best yoga mats in Singapore.
Study your needs
Before jumping to conclusions on getting your hands on the latest yoga mat available in the market, you should bear in mind your experience, the type of yoga, where you practice and the like. This will help you in choosing the right mat that suits you the best. If you are a newbie then it is best to opt for basic entry level mats and then invest on a better mat based on your interest. When it comes to hot or flow yoga, where there is a lot of complex movements, you should go for a mat that promises you a good grip and also one which is anti-sweat absorbent. A soft and cushy mat will do well for yin yoga, a slow paced form of yoga. If you are someone who intends to do yoga in the comfort of your home, then you need not worry about portability. However if you are attending yoga classes outside, then you would have to pick light weight mats.
Choosing the right material
The material of the yoga mat determines its texture, eco-friendliness and durability. PVC is undoubtedly the most commonly used material in making yoga mats. PVC mats are widely used for their texture and thickness that offers a good grip for the various poses. It also possesses greater durability making it last longer to wear and tear. The only drawback of PVC mats is that it is hard to recycle, which makes it non eco-friendly. To overcome this drawback, rubber yoga mats were manufactured. But if you are someone who is allergic to latex, then it is better to stick to PVC, cotton or jute yoga mats. Cotton and jute mats are latest in the market and is recommended for slow paced yoga due to its light weight and less thickness.
The standard thickness of a yoga mat is 1/8 inch, this is when you will feel the bond with the ground and at the same time have a good grip. If you are someone who is thin, then choosing a thicker and well-cushioned mat of 1/4 inch thickness is advisable to prevent sore joints and for a comfortable workout. But if you are looking for a more travel friendly option, then you can opt for lighter mats which may go low up to 1/16 inch thickness. These lighter mats are sufficient for yin yoga where grip is not a necessary factor.
Price Range and Styles
A basic 1/8 inch thick plain PVC yoga mat will cost the lowest in the price range. The price increases with pattern, thickness, texture, designs and logo that you opt for. The eco-friendly mats made of pure rubber, cotton and jute tend to be towards the high end of the price range. When it comes to style, there are many options available in the market and you can pick the color, pattern or logo of your taste.
Whether you are new to yoga or someone looking for a replacement for your old yoga mat, the above mentioned tips will help you to find the perfect yoga mat that best suits your needs and budget effectively and make way for a healthier you!
About the Author
Mr. Chen, Sales Manager, Gymsportz Fitness
Gymsportz.sg is one of the leading exercise equipment online suppliers in Singapore. It was founded in 2009. They provide a huge variety of home use and various commercial equipment suiting the corporate and individuals’ need for fitness equipment.
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