New to the yoga mat life? Welcome! You’re about to embark on a wonderful journey of challenge, relaxation, and a new sense of well-being. What a great choice you’ve made!
Your yoga mat is about to become your best friend. Seriously – what do best friends do? They’re there when they’re needed, challenge you to grow, and offer unconditional support. And that’s what your yoga mat is going to do for you and your new yoga practice. With the right yoga mat as the physical foundation of your practice, the time you spend on it will be some of the most enjoyable, energizing, and relaxing time of the whole week. A little wake-up yoga in the morning and maybe a little ready-for-bed yoga at night and you’re going to feel like a different person! And that’s what friends are for.
When you’re on a yoga mat, it’s important that you feel comfortable. If the mat is too thin or doesn’t provide enough traction, you’re going to feel uncomfortable and frustrated in your practice. And that’s the death knell of any endeavor. But if you feel supported, comfortable, and have an easy time moving around, you’re more likely to stick with your routine, so it’s of paramount importance that you have the right foundation beneath you when you first begin. A yoga mat that is thick enough to be comfortable in seated or knee postures, but also supportive enough to help you hold balancing poses is the mat for you.
It’s true, you could grab a cheap yoga mat at any Big Box store, but those aren’t going to give you the kind of “friendship” you need to start a practice you’ll want to do every day. If you’ve decided to give yoga a try, don’t skimp on the one piece of essential equipment – the yoga mat – because it’s going to color how you feel about yoga and how long you stick with it. Just keep thinking of the yoga mat as a friend. Would you want a friend who made you feel uncomfortable, one who wasn’t there when you needed them? Of course not – so don’t settle for that in the yoga mat, either. Insist on support, comfort, and flexibility, and you’ll find that you want to spend more and more time on the yoga mat.