Nowadays, more and more people keep healthy through exercise, yoga is one of the most popular sports. Due to the epidemic this year, people are more likely to choose to exercise at home. In many home fitness methods, yoga has become the first choice for many women and men.
Accompanying this is the surge in the sale of home fitness equipment, including the sales of yoga mats, yoga balls, and other yoga supplies, which are also much higher than in the past Good quality yoga mat
During the epidemic, in the UK, with the closure of the gym and the objective restrictions on outdoor activities, consumers' demand for indoor fitness equipment surged. Consumer demand for kettlebells, yoga mats, skipping ropes, barbells, and dumbbells increased year-on-year by 419%, 260%, 233%, 219%, and 188%, respectively.
Recently, eBay announced the hot selling products of the US site, of which yoga and Pilates supplies sales increased by 284%
During the outbreak, many people choose to exercise at home, and many people expect that they will continue to spend more time exercising after the outbreak. Among them, 40%, 45%, 34% and 47% of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy said they would continue to spend more time exercising after the outbreak
The epidemic caused the gym and yoga studio to suspend business. And for yoga studios, online teaching is a good form for them, which allows customers to learn yoga at home and increase the stickiness with customers, let people fall in love with practicing yoga, until the end of the epidemic, People will continue to learn
These data reports indicate that during the epidemic, the number of yoga practitioners is growing rapidly, driven by online yoga classes. In the long run, the epidemic has increased consumers' health awareness; at the same time, a large number of online yoga courses during the epidemic have also promoted the rapid growth of the number of yoga practitioners;
Fitness at home, as the most convenient and cost-effective fitness method, has become an exercise choice for more and more people. And the necessary equipment for home fitness, the first one is the yoga mat.
The yoga mat is a necessity of daily life for yoga people. Yoga people who practice yoga for a longer time, the more they like to bring their yoga mats. Because a stylish and suitable yoga mat not only allows you to gain more praise in the social circle of friends but more importantly, it also allows you to ensure the continuity of practice in the yoga studio, on the road, and at home. Therefore, choosing a yoga mat that suits you has become a necessary homework for yoga people
So what is the role of yoga mats, why use yoga mats?
The yoga mat has a soft and elastic touch, and its anti-slip effect makes you stand and sit cross-feeling is very safe and strong, non-toxic and odorless, antibacterial, non-slip, good elasticity, and tear resistance. Laying the yoga mat on the ground to do yoga can prevent bruising of the spine, ankle, hip bone, knee joint, and other parts. Yoga exercises on it can protect the body.
How much do you know about yoga mats?
The yoga mat is the mat that is laid under the yoga practice. The yoga mat is divided into the traditional yoga mat and an upright yoga mat:
The traditional yoga mat is a yoga mat without lines; The orthostatic yoga mat is a yoga mat with lines, which not only has the general function of traditional yoga mats but also guides the practice of more scientific and accurate yoga poses. The material of the yoga mat is generally divided into rubber foam, TPE foam, PVC foam, EVA, latex pad, NBR mat, etc.
The surface of the yoga mat has uniform particles, full of bubbles, soft feel, non-toxic, tasteless, non-slip, strong rebound ability, and strong tear resistance, which is the ideal choice for yoga practitioners. Besides, the yoga mat can effectively block the ground cold, strong grip, has outstanding resilience, smoothness, anti-slip properties, and human skin affinity. Besides, other fitness exercises can be performed on it, which is suitable for children to play mats and use as outdoor camping mats.
Yoga is suitable for all kinds of people. Many kinds of yoga mats accompany practitioners, but what is the material of yoga mats? Eco-friendly yoga mats are made of natural latex, natural rubber, and other natural materials. Yoga mats should be soft and flexible. Common types include TPE, PVC, EVA, and natural rubber.
Nowadays, yoga studios almost always provide public yoga mats for practitioners. The practitioners can practice directly. This is a very worrying thing, but I don’t know that in the previous batch of the same practitioners, you are also like you. Lying there, how many strangers' sweat and the dander left on it. Did the cleaning of the yoga hall pass? Sharing a yoga mat with multiple people is like lying on someone else's site, strange and uneasy.
If you choose a suitable and satisfactory yoga mat, it is very easy. When beginners are facing different thicknesses of yoga mats, which one is the most suitable?
Choose according to material：
TPE Yoga mat is the most environmentally friendly SOL YOGA MAT
TPE is the most high-end product for yoga mat products. It does not contain chlorides, metal elements, and antistatic. Each mat is about 1200 grams, which is about 300 grams lighter than PVC foam mats. It is more suitable for carrying out. General thickness 4mm-10mm
Features: soft, snug and strong grip-it are more reliable when placed on any ground. Compared with the yoga mat made of PVC, it weighs about 300 grams and is more convenient to carry around. The advantages of TPE pads are lightweight, easy to carry, easy to clean, excellent anti-slip properties in dry and wet conditions, and if the TPE material of the pad is of high purity, there is no smell.
PVC is cheap and good
PVC foam (the weight of the yoga mat with 96% PVC content is about 1500 grams). PVC is the name of chemical raw material and raw material. However, PVC did not foam before, it did not have the softness and anti-skid function. Only after foaming it, can we produce finished products like a yoga mat and anti-skid mat.
Features: PVC materials are affordable, can be bought everywhere, the quality is also guaranteed, and the cost performance is high.
Reminder: Avoid buying inferior yoga mats made from secondary materials.
The rubber itself is a material with a very large coefficient of friction, so it can well meet the balance of yoga static movements, ensure that the feet and hands are not slippery, and the close contact between palmprints and rubber can help the practitioners Lock pose. Rubber yoga mats can be divided into pure rubber mats and rubber mats plus PU layers. The former has rubber on both the front and back sides, which is less beautiful; the latter is made of rubber and is covered with a layer of PU on the front. For pure rubber pads, the surface of PU rubber pads is smoother and more beautiful. Also, PU has a certain water absorption capacity. A small number of sweat stains floating on the surface can be quickly absorbed and more effectively prevent slipping. Daily care is also very convenient, just wipe gently with a damp cloth.
The resilience of the rubber yoga mat is also very good. It can provide certain support to the body when doing static asanas and cushion the body to protect our joints when doing dynamic asanas
Advantages: The source of raw materials is natural and environmentally friendly; the natural texture and open-pore structure of the surface help absorb moisture, so it is very effective in preventing dry or wet slip.
According to "thickness needs"
Regarding the thickness of yoga mats, there are several types of yoga mats on the market, which are 3.5 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm, and 8 mm. One of the most basic suggestions is that beginners can use thicker, such as 6 mm thick yoga mats, the purpose is to prevent sports injuries. After having a certain foundation and experience, you can use a yoga mat with a thickness of 3.5 mm to 5 mm. Of course, if you are very afraid of "pain", you can always use a relatively thick yoga mat to practice.
Choose according to the "Yoga Type" you have learned
If you practice yoga based on soft training, you will often encounter movements sitting on the mat. At this time, a thicker and softer yoga mat will make you more comfortable. However, if you are practicing Power Yoga, Flow Yoga, or Ashtanga Yoga, which is a relatively beating yoga type, then you need a thinner and harder mat. Too soft a yoga mat is not easy to do movements. Some more sophisticated people may also feel that a thick yoga mat hinders their contact with the ground, etc. The thickness of the yoga mat depends mainly on personal preference.
If the movements you do are not so static, and you don’t sweat as much as running, it is somewhere in between. Which mat should be used? I will answer "I still choose thinner". Thick mats (more than 5 mm) lose the sense of contact with the ground, and there will be a "distortion" feeling when doing many actions. In foreign countries, the vast majority of yoga practitioners love to use thin mats, this is the reason. If you feel that your knees are uncomfortable when doing some kneeling movements on the thin cushion, you can put a towel under your knees.
There are a few points to note when choosing a yoga mat
1. The length should not be shorter than the height, and the width should not be narrower than the shoulder width.
2. The thickness is about 6mm, too thin cushion will feel pain when the joint touches the ground, too thick will affect the stability of the standing movement. (Generally speaking, beginners choose 7MM yoga mat is more moderate)
3. Uniformity of yoga mat. Flatten the yoga mat and observe its even foaming. If the foaming surface is uneven, it is easy to be damaged during use. If the foam protrusion is damaged, it cannot be repaired.
4. Light and moderate. Because yoga mats need to be carried with us in many cases, try not to choose overly heavy mats for easy carrying.
5. The anti-slip property of the mat surface, the mat is tiled, press the mat with the palm of your hand, and then push forward. If the mat slides on the ground or the hand slides on the mat surface, it means that the mat's anti-skid property is not very good. There may be unnecessary injuries during the practice, and such mats should be used with caution.
About the cleaning method of yoga mat
1. Put the towel in the washbasin, wring it dry after getting wet.
2. Wipe the yoga mat with a towel to wipe off the dirt.
3. Replace the washbasin with clean water and wash the towel. Repeat this with a clean towel several times to wipe off the washing liquid.
4. Hang the yoga mat in a cool place to dry.
Note: Do not expose to sunlight.
Do you understand yoga mats after reading this article? Choosing your own yoga mat will make your yoga practice better!
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