Purchasing a yoga mat seems to be just another simple task. But in reality, a lot of factors should be considered since the mat will be your trusty companion in all your fitness sessions. It should have your back, literally and figuratively, as you entrust your body to it while doing those complicated yoga poses. Here’s a list of the safety aspects to be considered in buying a yoga mat.
Made to be Safe
Using a yoga mat entails being in full contact with it. And for those who have sensitive skin, checking out the materials used to produce the mats is imperative.
Yoga mats can be organic and synthetic, as classified from their raw material. Organic materials include natural rubber, cotton, jute, cork, and more. It is recommended to purchase a mat made from these all-natural materials as they are more likely hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
However, some organic materials may still invoke allergic reactions. Just like natural rubber. It is derived from latex, the sap of rubber trees, and is known to cause rashes, skin irritation, hives, runny nose, and difficulty in breathing.
Meanwhile, synthetic yoga mats go through a lot of chemical processing. Since harsh or toxic substances were used in the production, rashes or other reactions may happen upon skin contact with the mats.
Also, the mat’s breathability and moisture retention should be considered. If it does not absorb moisture, it may end up wet and slippery. It may also cause bacteria build-up if it absorbs too much moisture. This is why thorough cleaning is needed after each use of the mat.
Doing those tricky yoga poses? You need to feel safe and secure that you would not slip on your mat, or it can comfortably cushion if you fall flat to the floor.
Yoga mats come in different levels of “stickiness” or grip on their surface. It helps ground the user and prevent slipping while on the mat.
Various options of thickness are also available, so the user will be able to choose his or her preferred cushion for the yoga mat. However, as the mat gets thicker, of course, its portability and weight may be sacrificed.
Depending on the material, some mats may be prone to damage from too much sun exposure, so that is a concern if you do yoga sessions outside or you let your mats dry outside.
Also, it should be durable enough to handle the wear and tear from usage and constant sanitation.
But here’s a catch, while we want for our yoga mats to last for a long time, it would be also good to consider if it is eco-friendly and will not cause additional fumes or toxins once disposed of. This is a concern, especially for synthetic yoga mats.
As much as we all want the best yoga mat we can get our hands on, it should be the best mix of our needs and the safety features we prefer.
It is all about getting our money’s worth and, at the same time, having that peace of mind.