Buying your first yoga mat sounds like quite a simple thing but if you’re relatively new to yoga you may be wondering if it’s worth it. If you’ve been attending a regular class for a while perhaps now is the time but what should you consider when you buy your first mat?
I get asked a lot by students about buying a yoga mat so I thought I’d put together my top five pointers on why it’s worth investing in your own mat and what to consider.
It doesn’t have to be expensive
Yes, of course there are expensive mats out there, but if it’s your first mat and you’re just looking to get started then you don’t need to spend mega-bucks.
The supermarkets and sports shops have some great value yoga mats and of course you can buy online. As an example the mats we use in my classes are these, they come in a few different colours and are under £20 which is great value. My first mat was a Warrior mat, but I opted for the 6mm version (more on this below) and although it’s a bit battered now it doesn’t owe me anything.
Consider the thickness
When I started yoga, I often found kneeling on a hard floor was difficult so when I bought my first mat, I invested in a slightly thicker one to help with this.
Most yoga mats are approx. 4mm thick, but when I bought my first one, I went for a 6mm version and have stuck with that thickness for every mat I’ve bought since. You can get mats which are even thicker, but they can be cumbersome to carry and aren’t always ideal for postures that involve balancing.
Buy one that you like
You only have to Google yoga mats and you’ll see that there are so many colours and designs out there, but the key here is to buy one that you like so that when it comes to your practice you want to get on your mat and get started.
You don’t have to go for a jazzy design but if red is your favourite colour, buy a red one. It sounds simple but if your energy is low and you’re not in the mood to practice then this small point can really help give you a little motivational boost.
Create your own space
Your yoga mat is your space, each time you step onto it for practice; it’s a safe haven where you can get back in touch with yourself whether it be for a physical practice or to spend time meditating or relaxing.
Why is this important? Well, it means that wherever you roll out your mat whether it be at a class or on your living room floor, it sets and immediate intention and creates a vibe that tells you you’re ready to practice. It’s a bit like when you have an important meeting at work and you put on your smartest clothes, you immediately feel a certain way physically and mentally.
Your own mat gives you the opportunity to practice at home
You don’t have to have your own mat to practice yoga at home but similar to the point above, it helps to get you in the zone and re-create that wonderful yoga-glow that you all have when you’re at your weekly class.
Don’t worry about having a dedicated place at home either, just roll out your mat wherever you can and start moving.
And, finally, if you’re not sure where to start with a home practice – stay tuned as I’m going to put together another article on that soon.
In the meantime, enjoy your practice and I hope to see you on the mat soon.
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