How to care for a yoga mat correctly?

The carefully bought yoga mat will be your good friend for practicing yoga from now on. It is natural to treat good friends with careful care. If you buy a yoga mat, use it often but never maintain it. The dust and sweat accumulated on the surface of the yoga mat will eventually endanger the health of the owner, so it is necessary to clean the yoga mat frequently.

To ensure hygiene, it is best to clean it every other week. The easiest way to clean is to mix two drops of detergent with four bowls of water, spray it on the yoga mat, and then wipe it with a dry cloth. If the yoga mat is already very dirty, you can also use a cloth dipped in detergent to gently wipe the yoga mat, then rinse it with clean water, and then roll up the yoga mat with a dry towel to absorb the excess water. Finally, dry the yoga mat.
It should be noted that the amount of washing powder should be as small as possible, because once the washing powder remains on the yoga mat, the yoga mat may become slippery. In addition, do not expose the yoga mat to the sun when you dry it.

In fact, there are many more knowledge about yoga mats-how to choose each kind of yoga mat? Where to buy cheap yoga mats? These need further research by yoga lovers. But in the end, the knowledge of yoga mats is dead, but it is alive when used on people. What suits you is always the best.

The choice of yoga mat should be targeted. Generally, those who are new to yoga can choose a thicker mat, such as 6mm thick, the domestic size is 173X61; if there is a certain foundation, you can choose the thickness about 3.5mm ~ 5mm; it is recommended to buy Mats over 1300 grams (because some manufacturers steal materials for cheap mats).

Most classrooms will provide so-called “public mats”, which are public yoga mats that everyone uses in class. Some teachers even lay out a protective mat in the classroom so that everyone no longer needs to use the mat in class. Most students will use this kind of public mat because they don’t want to go to work or class with a mat on their back. However, if you are a friend who wants to study for a period of time, it is best to use your own mat. On the one hand, you can clean it yourself, which is more hygienic; you can also choose a suitable mat according to your own situation.

There are two ways to choose the mat: choose according to personal needs; or choose according to the material.
In terms of personal needs, it depends on the form of yoga, because different schools of yoga have different learning points and different needs. If you learn yoga based on softness training, most of the time you will sit on the mat, then the mat will be thicker and softer, and you will sit more comfortably.

But if the yoga is mainly Power Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga, the mat should not be too hard, and the requirements for slip resistance should be higher. why? Because the mat is too soft, it will be very difficult to do a lot of movements while standing on it (especially balance movements such as tree poses are the most obvious). And this kind of yoga action that will sweat a lot, if there is no mat with better anti-slip degree, slipping will occur.

 If the movement is not so static, nor does it sweat as much as running, it is somewhere in between. Which cushion should I use? The answer is “I still choose a bit thinner.” Because it looks like a car with a very soft suspension system, driving on a mountain road will be like a boat. The thick cushion (above 5mm) loses the feeling of contact with the ground, and it will feel “distorted” when doing a lot of movements. In foreign countries, most yoga practitioners love to use thin mats. This is the reason. If you feel that your knees are uncomfortable when the thin cushion is doing some kneeling motions, you can put a towel under your knees.

Post time: Sep-27-2020