Finding Your MATch

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Mat Shopping.

Look at all these choices…what’s the difference between all of these? Why is this mat $65.00? And what the Om Shanti is thermoplastic elastomer?!

Fear not, dear Yogi! We sell 7 brands of yoga mats in all different colors and variations at both studio locations. It would be downright rude if we didn’t provide some mat guidance! So if your current mat has been used as a cat scratching post, or you are just ready for an upgrade, lets break down the fundamentals of mat selection in a few easy steps. And be sure to check at the bottom for our 30% off yoga mat coupon, good through June 18th.

Yoga mats are made from many different materials these days. Most mats are made from PVC, natural rubber, or a physical mix of recyclable plastic and rubber, also known as thermoplastic elastomer, or TPE. TPE is designed to decompose in landfills over time, leaving only biodegradable components. Very cool!

On a side note, if you have a latex allergy, it is best to avoid natural rubber mats.

In terms of the best mat surface for hot yoga, the jury is out. Everyone has his or her own opinion on which brand is “most grippy.” Manduka and Jade brand mats are definitely popular among the heat seekers.

We also sell YogiToes Skidless towels at the studio, which are a super absorbent, hygienic layer to place on your yoga mat to prevent slipping. A bath or beach towel from home makes a fine stand in as well.

A standard yoga mat is typically 1/8″ thick. Need a little more cush on your tush? Do you have sensitive knees? Look for a mat ¼” thick or more. You might like the uber squishy E.C.O mat by Prana, or the EcoMat Plus by Kulae. Most travel mats are even skinnier than average, usually about 1/16″. Travel mats usually weigh between 2-4 lbs., so they are a great option for those of us who need to fold up our mats to fit in a backpack or suitcase.

You, wonderful you! What are your needs? Do you need a light mat to sling across your back for a bike ride to the studio? How much do you want to invest in a new mat? We have an array of choices ranging from $21.95-$95.00. Come by the studio and touch on a few mats. Ask your yogi friends what kind of mat they are practicing on, and what they like about it. When you make your decision, give yourself some time to acclimate to your new mat.


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