How to Choose the Perfect Yoga Mat
Picking the right yoga mat can be difficult, time-consuming, and, let's face it, intimidating. Between the various brands and variety of yoga mat types, it's easy to buy the right mat, but it's not to easy to buy the mat that is right for you and your practice.
But don't worry. Choosing the right mat for your needs doesn't have to be nerve-wracking. With this guide, I'll walk you through all of the points to consider when deciding on your mat.
To begin with, there are many different types and forms of yoga, and yoga is changing all of the time! Many yogis teach classes that blend several different types of yoga to keep their classes engaging and challenging. Here are a few of the yoga types that you're likely to encounter!
A mini-guide different types of yoga
- Vinyasa Yoga - Vinyasa yoga, also called flow yoga, is a common style that focuses on linking movement to breath.
- Hatha Yoga - Hatha yoga, much like vinyasa yoga, focuses on a specific movement, but you're more likely to meet more static poses in this practice.
- Ashtanga Yoga - Ashtanga is a collection of traditional poses that are performed in the same order, every time. You'll meet the same poses and sequences in each class you attend.
- Yin Yoga - Yin yoga, much like the name explains, is a slower-paced yoga style that focuses on breathing and longer periods to hold your poses.
- Bikram Yoga - Bikram yoga, also called hot yoga, involves practicing yoga in a warm or hot room. These are the yoga classes that you will sweat in.
- Restorative Yoga - Restorative yoga is the style that often incorporates props, such as towels, pillows, and blankets. Like Yin yoga, restorative yoga involves a slower practice.
I'll use these styles throughout the guide to help you determine which mats are ideal for you! And when you're ready, head over to my list of the best yoga mats of the year. And when you're ready to buy, learn the best time of year to buy a yoga mat (and other fitness equipment) on BTTB!