Are you also looking for a yoga mator would you like to give a mat to a yogi at the last minute? But does not know which yoga mats are good, what a yoga mat should and how much money you should spend for it?
I was also recently looking for a yoga mat and grabbed the expert Marcel Cornel and squeezed him over yoga mats. Marcel runs the sustainable yoga online shop greenyogashop.com , does yoga regularly herself, knows her way around and has good tips for choosing the right yoga mat. Here we go!
1. Marcel, what qualities should a good yoga mat have?
There are three main features of yoga mats: cushioning, skid resistance and sustainability. Cushioning is important for the comfort during the exercises as well as for the joint protection. Here newcomers think that it only depends on the thickness of the mat. But that’s only half the story, because above all the density of the material is crucial.
And the density of the material is also immensely important for the second important property: skid resistance. At the beginning, almost every yoga mat is also a very cheap (<50 €) reasonably slip-resistant. However, if the structure of the mat is not extremely dense,sweat and bacteria can invade the mat and make it slippery and unhygienic. Then you have to wash the yoga mat or even dispose of it.
This is where the third point comes in: sustainability. If you save on the mat, you need a new one after a year. Better to buy the same good quality, that protects the environment.
2. How long should a good yoga mat last or how long does it take for it to wear off?
How fast the wear goes depends on the density of the material as well as on the frequency of the exercise and how very sweaty the exercises are for a person. As a rule of thumb, but in our experience, even occasional yogis use a cheap mat in a year. High-quality, non-slip mats are available from around 50 euros to 70 euros, depending on whether you prefer a thin or thicker mat. You can actually use a good yoga mat for a lifetime if you take care of it properly. The manufacturer Manduka even gives a lifetime warranty on the mats from the Pro series – no joke!
3. If I follow your advice and spend more money on a yoga mat , how can I find out that it was made fairly and is not harmful to the environment? What should I put attention on?
The most ecological are yoga mats made of natural rubber. It should be noted that you must ventilate them before use (about 14 days), because they spread at the beginning of an unpleasant odor. This can be reduced with special agents, however, which we enclose the yoga mats for free. There are also major differences in the production and quality of natural rubber mats. Again, a dense fabric is crucial for durability and cushioning.
In addition, many manufacturers of natural rubber mats have been killed by the eco-test because they contain a carcinogenic substance (nitrosamine). Here is a very big bow to do drum.
Some time ago we would have said: “Fingerpath of PVC mats, as these centuries remain long on garbage dumps practically unchanged.” For some time we make here an exception, because there are mats, such as the Manduka PRO and the PROlite, Although made of PVC, but produced in Germany emission-free, ÖKO-Tex standard are certified and the manufacturer is as said a lifetime warranty on the mats. Such a durable product will be sustainable in spite of PVC.
The question of fair production is difficult to answer. One can inform oneself in the Internet about the manufacturer, and make oneself also from its Internet appearance and its statements a picture. Very helpful in the assessment but above all Global certificates. For yoga mats, the highest level of fair, ecological and sustainable production is the bluesign certificate.
4. Apart from sustainability, what else should I look for when buying a yoga mat?
First of all, you should ask yourself if you carry the mat around with you and maybe you travel with it. Then I would recommend a thin travel mat with 3mm thickness. Those who practice regularly at home, should treat themselves to the luxury of a thicker yoga mat, since the damping is better here.
With the goal of having the yoga mat with you for a lifetime, you should also pay close attention to the color. I would recommend neutral colors that go along with every fashion.
And depending on your height you should also pay attention to the size of the mat. The standard yoga mat size is 180 x 66 cm. For very tall people, there is also the 200 cm variant.
5. Which mat do you use?
I myself use the Manduka Eko in the color Moss / green. It has excellent damping properties, the smell is quickly gone and I like the structure visually very much.