Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 at 12:53 am
Which do you like between a thin mat and a thick yoga mat? While there is a reasonably standard set of yoga plant, the discussion often centers on the type of hardware to get. The yoga mat is a nice example. When selecting a mat, a shopper will most likely be faced with a number of decisions when it comes to density or thickness, color, or material used.
When it comes to thickness, the uninitiated yoga fan will be presented with the following choices:
1/8-inch – 3.2 mm (the common “standard” )
3/16-inch – 4.7 mm
4 mm – under 3/16-inch
? 1/4-inch – 6.4 mm ( usually “double standard” )
five mm – just below 1/4-inch
5/16-inch – 7.8 mm
3/8-inch – 9.4 mm
? 1/2-inch – 12.8 mm (extremely thick)
What’s with the wide variety? Yoga mats, like everything else, is dependent of folks’s preferences. Users need to decide on cushioning, safety features, portability, thickness and sturdiness.
Some yoga mat users may experience discomfort in using the thinnest mat as it keeps the body extraordinarily near to the floor as would a standard blanket. Others may find thicker mats offering no real support by being too soft. Most yoga mat users find going for the intermediate as the best choice.
The problem arises in finding what’s “intermediate” in terms of yoga mat thickness. Makers frequently label their 1/8-inch mat as the “standard” so they can easily refer to their -inch variety as “twice the standard thickness”. On the other hand, other manufacturers also refer to their -inch thick mats as “standard”.
There could be more credence in referring to a 1/8-inch mat as the “standard” because apart from a cotton blanket you won’t find a mat thinner than 1/8-inch. The bottom line is rarely to buy a mat based solely on the maker’s labeling. It is always wiser to check the mat’s thickness.
When it comes to the material that mats are made from, a good rule of thumb is to go for those you are not allergic to. You need to also go for ones that ensure the mat will not slip while you are on it doing your yoga poses.
Size, naturally, is dependent on how large or small you are. If you are a rugged man, you would not want a thick yoga mat in a kid’s size. As for color, mats selection so you can just pick what suits you best.