Best Yoga mats for Fitness and Asana practices.
One of the most important things you need to consider before buying the best yoga mat is:
1. Is it only for yoga or also for fitness exercise. Because Yoga has soft movements and therefore the impact on the Yoga mat is low to moderate. but when you train for Fitness then Certain factors like softness also needs to be considered.
2: What type of flooring will you be practising on for example marble, vitrified tiles or wooden flooring. Cotton or natural fibre mats tends to slip when you use it on tiles or marble flooring if it does not have a rubber padding bellow.
3. For how long will you b practising per session. Lets say you are sitting for a long pranayama and meditation class then the synthetic mats may irritate your energies so you need to consider your sensitivity too.
Traditionally mats made of Cotton or silk or any natural fibre is preferred when you are practising Yoga. Simply because the energy of these mats are conducive for your practices.
We will look at both synthetic and natural fibre mats so that you can choose the best yoga mat based on your requirement.
The 1st one on the list is 100 % cotton and it will keep you cool in summer when you lie down for Shavasana and warm in winter. The grip will depend upon the surface on which you practice. If you sweat a lot then you may choose this mat as its wet friendly. The colour of the mat is Sand YellowBlue and White
This can also handle fitness workouts but make sure your shoe is super clean.
The 2nd one on the list is a mat made of Jute which also a natural fibre which gives you a certain comfort when you sit for pranayama and asana practices. If you sweat a lot then this absorbs the sweat well.
You can wash it with soap but have to be gentle with it. This can handle fitness workouts as well but once again remember to use super clean shoes.
Honestly speaking in my experience you don’t need shoes if you are training on top a Yoga mat. Period!
3. Arka Handloom Handmade Cotton Mat
The 3rd one on the list is a mat which has different themes and they are based on the 7 chakras in your body. Lovely design and texture. You will love this mat. To care for it use a mild detergent and wash gently.
Once again it keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter especially when you lie down in shavasan or when you sit for pranayama.
4. Boldfit Yoga with Body Alignment System
The main reason this Yoga mat is rank 4 is because of its body alignment system otherwise its made of high density PVC material which will give you excellent grip and good control when you do explosive exercise like knee tuck jumps or high knees or even explosive burpees.
Although the body alignment will help yoga practitioners but I would still recommend you go for natural fibre if you want to use this mat for just yoga.
5. Boldfit Yoga mat with Cover Bag TPE Material
The 5th on the list is a Yoga mat made up of a highly durable TPE material. Exercises like mountain climbers will be easy on this because of the extra grip which is expected from a synthetic mat. Make sure to sanitise it regularly.
Wouldn’t recommend it for serious yoga practitioners as it makes your energies a little uncomfortable if you are sensitive to these thingsTh.
Conclusion on the Top 5 Best Yoga mats:
To conclude its very important to note the primary use of the yoga mat and the surface on which you will use and also how much you sweat.
If its just Yoga then natural fibre is preferred and if its for fitness training then synthetic is preferred.
And if its for both then please consider your sweat factor also.