Do You Need a Mat to Practice Yoga?
When people first get interested in practicing yoga, most people assume that they need to buy a mat. But is this really the case? It depends on the type of Yoga you are practicing and how often you plan on practicing yoga per week. Below are pros and cons of yoga mats.
No, You Don't Need a Mat to Practice Yoga:
Yoga mats are a modern invention. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years without the help of any attributes, like yoga mats and yoga blocks. It is perfectly possible to practice yoga without a mat. If you plan on practicing a more gentle type of yoga rather than a hot yoga class like for example a Yin Class then you can easily practice without a mat. Just make sure that you have a clean and stable (non-slip) floor. Make sure your practice area is level without uneven spots to cause injury.
Yes, You Do Need a Mat to Practice Yoga:
Using a yoga mat is more hygienic, especially when you are not practicing at home. If on a wooden surface there could be bacteria lurking, if you practice at a studio that has carport, just buy a mat. A mat will also provide support and cushioning to ensure comfort when practicing on a hard floor. Non-slip mats help you to hold poses more easily, and there is less danger of hurting yourself.
If you do decide to buy a yoga mat, then avoid the cheap PVC mats. Even though they are inexpensive to buy and come in a wide range of flashy colors, they are made from harmful materials. One of these, a chemical substance called phthalates, is particularly bad for the environment and your health. Phthalates are not biodegradable, cannot be recycled, and can release noxious fumes throughout the live span of the mat. So if you do choose to use a yoga mat, then choose a more environmentally friendly option like cotton, natural rubber, or Thermal Plastic Elastomer. Most yoga mat companies now make organic mats that are not just good for you but for your wallet. It is becoming cheaper to make yoga mats out of recycled materials than it is from the harmful glues and fabrics.
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