When we practice yoga, we all need yoga supplies. Yoga mats are one of them. If we can’t use yoga mats well, it will give us a lot of obstacles to practice yoga. So how do you choose yoga mats? What are the classifications of yoga mats? How to clean yoga mats? Interested friends please see below.
How to choose a yoga mat
1. Press it with your thumb. If the marks appearing in the place where the yoga mat is pressed have not been bounced for a long time, it indicates that the elasticity is not enough.Â Many PVC mats are said to be 6MM, but the material is not enough at all, only about 1.1-1.2 KG, which will inevitably lead to insufficient density and poor elasticity.
Normally, the 1.4-1.5KG 6MM PVC mat is flexible enough to effectively protect the knee and soft tissue of the yoga practitioner.
2, wet a small piece of yoga mat, imitate the situation after sweating, see if it will slip.Â If it is slippery, the PVC foaming particles are too small.Â TPE mats generally do not slip.
3. Use an eraser yoga mat to try to find out if the material is easy to break. This is a good way to test PVC mats.
4, pay attention to the material of the yoga mat, choose environmentally friendly.Â Traditional yoga mats are made of PVC. PVC is a long-term source of plastic pollution that pollutes the environment.Â And the plastic smell emitted will also affect the effect of the exercise.
The taste of the mat of PVC material is impossible to eradicate, and it is non-toxic and tasteless.
5, environmentally friendly yoga mat made of natural latex, hemp and other natural materials, does not contain PVC, the current TPE is an environmentally friendly popular yoga mat.
Yoga mat classification
Its biggest selling point is environmental protection, which promotes itself as a degradable material compared to PVC.Â Relatively speaking, the taste is slightly smaller.Â It is also lighter and more convenient to carry. It is more wear-resistant than the average PVC mat surface, but it seems that the sweat absorption effect is not as good as PVC.
Natural, linen, jute material.Â Natural hemp is not stretchable, slightly rough, manufacturers generally deal with it, such as adding rubber latex, etc., will be heavier after processing.
PVC yoga mat
This is an environmentally-friendly yoga mat that has emerged in recent years. Even famous brands have produced TPE. It is a thermoplastic elastomer. It is easy to carry and affordable. The toughness and softness are the most advantageous ones.
It is the most common material on the market today.Â Compared with other yoga mats, its biggest advantage is its affordable price.Â This kind of mat has a uniform hole, a slightly denser density, and an anti-cracking cloth.Â However, everyday use is also normal.
The disadvantage of PVC is that the process may release some harmful gases.Â So the new mat will have a taste.Â The embossed anti-slip lines that have been used for a long time are generally scattered.
However, the processing process uses glue to adhere, and the glue water may harm the environment and the body. Therefore, the material used for the glue is also the focus of the manufacturer’s choice.
Natural rubber yoga mat is a yoga mat extracted from rubber resin. The inner additives are processed on food grade. It can be naturally oxidized and decomposed in the natural environment. Even if the fabric or two-color fit, it is made of natural rubber. The characteristics, no glue at all, are currently taken from the natural and most environmentally friendly materials on the market.
Latex yoga mat
Latex is also extracted from rubber resin. The immersion method is combined with the surface linen. It does not use glue at all, and the slip resistance is excellent, but the elasticity and recovery force are not good.
Those who have high natural protein sputum and are severely allergic should be carefully checked before use.Â On the cleaning, use water to wipe or stain with a little soapy water, put it in a cool and ventilated place in the room, and then put it up. It is recommended that the student bring their own yoga mat. As long as it is free of hygiene concerns, there are many kinds of commercially available yoga mats. Personal needs continue to make choices.
How to clean the yoga mat
1. Fill the basin with clean water, add the washing solution, and mix well.
2. Put the towel into the washbasin, damp the towel and wring the towel.
3. Wipe the yoga mat with a towel and wipe off the dirt.
4. Put the washbasin on the water, wash the towel, and repeat the washing with a clean towel several times to wipe the washing liquid.
5. Hang the yoga mat in the shade to dry.
Note: Do not expose to the sun.
The yoga mat is soft and elastic, and it is an ideal choice for yoga practitioners. It can effectively reduce the pain of contact between the body and the ground.Â The school stand yoga mat is light in weight and small in size, and can be rolled up for collection and convenient to carry.
Note on choosing a yoga mat
The choice of yoga mat should be targeted. Generally, the practitioner who is doing yoga first can choose a thick mat, such as 6mm thick, the domestic size is 173X61; if there is a certain foundation, the thickness can be selected from 3.5mm ~ 5mm; More than 1300 grams of mats (because some manufacturers’ mats are stolen for cheap).
Most of the classrooms now offer so-called public mats, which are common yoga mats that everyone uses during class.Â Some teachers even put a layer of protective pads in the classroom, so you don’t have to use mats when you go to class.Â Most of the students use this type of mat because they don’t want to go to work with their mats and run around.Â However, if you are interested in learning a period of time, it is best to use your own mat, on the one hand you can clean, more sanitary; you can also choose a suitable mat according to your personal situation.