HOW TO CHOOSE MY YOGA MAT ?

BAYA'S MAT GUIDE

Your yoga mat will quickly become your « home », the place where you will feel good, your partner for (almost) every day. That's why making the good choice is very important!

The first virtue of a quality yoga mat is to keep you stable and anchored to the ground, but for each person the needs can be different. Here are the 5 important criteria to take into consideration:

  • THE THICKNESS
    • If you like balance postures, fast flows where joints are not too stressed, a thin mat (3 mm) will suit you perfectly: it will allow you to feel connected to the ground and very stable.

    • If you like to hold postures for a long time or if you have weak joints, prefer a slightly thicker mat (4.5 mm - 6 mm) for more comfort and cushioning.
    • Finally, if you want a mat that you can lay over the mats offered in the studio or if you want to be able to fold it, choose a very thin mat (1 mm).

  • THE MATERIAL
    • The material used for your yoga mat will determine its durability and feel.

    • Most yoga mats are made of PVC (ours are made of non-toxic PVC) which provides optimal comfort and softness. Soft Range
    • The most sustainable and eco-responsible option is the natural rubber. A very resistant material, natural rubber offers comfort, ground stability and durability over time. You willever want to be without again. Intense Range, Travel Range and Pro Range
    • Micro-fibre, which covers some of our mats, is very effective against slipping problems caused by perspiration. Indeed, in contact with moisture, the micro-fibre becomes totally non-slip. In addition, it is soft and so pleasant to touch!
    • But be careful, this material will not be suitable for people who have very dry hands and feet or who practice types of yoga where you do not sweat. Intense Range and Travel Range
    • Polyurethane, on the other hand, is a totally non-slip material, super adherent and pleasant to the touch. It is ideal for those who practice very frequently because it will wear out very few and will provide a very long service life. Pro Range
  • THE WEIGHT
    • If you want to take it with you everywhere, you will need either a PVC belt, quite light and thick (Soft Range), or a very thin, foldable and very light belt (Travel Range).

    • If you practice more at home, the slightly heavier mats (Intense and Pro ranges) are generally denser, stable on the ground and last longer.
  • THE USE
    • Don't choose the same mat if you do yoga once every two weeks or every day! In the second case, it is important to practice on a more durable and resistant material (Intense and Pro ranges).

    • Also, the choice of your mat depends on the type of yoga you practice: prefer the Soft range and its comfort for the soft yogas and the Intense and Travel ranges for the more intense yogas.
      The Pro Range on the other hand, may be suitable for all types of yoga.
  • THE DESIGN
    • It's finally the easiest thing to do ! Now... 
      Choose a design that inspires and pleases you. This will facilitate your concentration and help you to let go, to escape.
      A nice mat always makes the practice more pleasant and helps to be more regular and motivated.

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