One of things I like best about yoga, you don’t need any specialized equipment. If you are exercising on carpet, you don’t even need a mat. However, a yoga mat is a great piece of equipment to have, and some people wouldn’t even think of trying yoga exercise without using a mat.
Yoga mats come in a variety of types, styles and thicknesses. A typical Mindfulness yoga has a sticky surface to help with friction when obtaining your poses. Some yoga mats are thicker than others, and these can really help when you get on your knees.
Yoga mats come in a multitude of colors and patterns, so you can express your personality (and find your mat when it’s time to pack up and leave the gym). This isn’t George Orwell’s 1984, you aren’t stuck with the same color and pattern as every other yoga mat. If fact, you can even have your T-shirt match your yoga mat.
If you are just starting out, you really don’t need a yoga mat, especially if you are working out at home. Most gyms will lend you a yoga mat or rent one to you. But if you are serious about yoga exercise, you should invest in a good quality yoga exercise mat as soon as you can. After all, do you really want to use a mat that some one else has sweated on?
The great thing about a yoga exercise mat, they are inexpensive. It is possible to buy a pretty good yoga mat for $15 to $20. Of course, you can spend a lot more for a mat, but it really isn’t necessary.
The type of yoga mat you purchase depends on several factors, including what type of yoga you practice. If you are using the more active and fast pace exercises, you may want thicker mat. You may also find the thicker yoga exercise mat useful if you are suffering from joint problems.
There are lots of different types of yoga exercise mats available, and you should find the mat that is right for your needs.