I would like to share with you the importance of having your own yoga mat. First of all, it’s important for hygiene reasons. If you practice yoga, you most likely sweat a bit (or a lot) and lose some cells caused by the friction on the mat, these you better keep to yourself, so don’t lend out your yoga mat …
More importantly, every time you practice your yoga asanas you generate energy and this energy goes into the yoga mat. You want to keep this energy flow to yourself and not get someone else’s energy mixed with your own by using another person’s mat. So my advice is to buy a yoga mat that you can take with you to your class, use at home and bring on trips as well. If you don’t yet have your own mat, you can bring a towel to the class to cover a studio mat until you’ve gotten your own.
Some do’s & don’ts regarding your yoga mat
- Be careful when using soap when cleaning your mat, the soap can leave a film on the mat which causes it to be slippery. Best to rinse it with water and air dry.
- Always let your mat air after practice.
- Avoid lending your mat to a friend, for hygiene and energy reasons as explained earlier.
My yoga mats
- standard: a very good choice if you have a tight budget, it’s comfortable, comes in many colors. I use this one for my home practice. It’s not heavy, so also easy to carry with you to yoga practice in a yoga bag or using the strings that come with. It’s easy to keep clean (rinse in the shower or bathtub).
- travel: ultra thin mat that folds and is easily added to your luggage. It’s a good choice if you want to practice yoga on for instance the hotel carpet floor but don’t want to carry a big yoga mat with you while traveling.
- yoga towel: excellent choice to use in on top of your yoga studio mats, this one has good grip, is easily washable and light.
- ECO: a very good choice for ecological purposes and also very high comfortable rating! It’s 6mm thick so this is particularly nice if you have a sore neck from Sarvangasana (shoulderstand). It’s heavier and rolls less easily, so this is more a mat I use uniquely for home practice. (some interesting facts on the TPE material used, read here).