Why spend so much on a yoga mat?
I guess people often question, “Why would I spend so much on a yoga mat? I can get one for $15 at Kmart”. Of course, it is a personal choice as to how much one would like to spend on yoga props. I too was one of those people that didn’t realise how vital it was to invest in a high-quality yoga mat when I first started practicing 18 years ago. I initially I purchased a cheap $10 PVC sticky mat that wasn’t padded, nor was it even remotely eco-friendly. It was not long before I noticed that the sound of hands and feet sticking to the grimy mat was heard over my own pranayama practice, I knew I had to make an effort to find a new mat. With so many options I felt overwhelmed with what kind of mat to go with, though one thing I did know is it needed to me natural!
Fast forward to 2016, many years after purchasing my first rubber yoga mat, Banjaara Yoga was born. I would like to share with you my tips on selecting the perfect mat, Go Banjaara, – just kidding. We know that there are many mats out there, and whether or not you choose to go with Banjaara or not, we would prefer you choose the perfect mat for you!
Things to consider:
Material – Rubber is the most natural material, you can now purchase rubber blends which may include other natural resources such as jute or hemp
Thickness – 5mm rubber is optimum thickness for studio travel, it is thick enough to provide cushioning when practicing headstands and not too heavy to carry in and out of the studio.
Texture – Some people prefer a smooth surface and others like mats with a raised pattern. The Banjarra Yoga mats have a subtle open cell pattern which aids in the grippiness of the mat. Perfect for a vinyasa, yin, restorative or hatha class. We do not recommend using natural rubber mats, of any brand, in a hot yoga class. Rubber does not like prolonged exposure to heat or sun.
Colour – Well that’s up to you!