Yoga Mat or No Yoga Mat… That Is The QuestionPosted on: March 21st, 2011 by Mark Carmer
There are definitely many benefits when using a yoga mat… and more specifically, having your own yoga mat and not borrowing one from the club, gym, yoga studio or from a friend. One of the obvious reasons to use a yoga mat, also called a sticky mat, is to reduce the risk of injuring yourself. Yoga mats can prevent injuries that can occur while practicing yoga. The surface can be slippery (bare floors). Especially if you are taking yoga classes where floors are not being cleaned between classes.
Is it better to borrow/rent a yoga mat from a yoga studio or to bring your own yoga mat to your yoga classes? Purchasing your own yoga mat will limit the exposure to bacteria and germs and you are only exposed to your own germs. You are responsible for your mat and you can clean it any time. If you are not using a mat you are exposing yourself to others germs and your well-being. Additionally, mats will definitely cushion the floor and provide support which is needed for improving balance and coordination and provide better overall health.
If you are considering buying a new yoga mat, don’t forget to look at all the yoga mat options that are available (clean pvc yoga mats, rubber yoga mats, cotton yoga mats, thick yoga mats and many other eco friendly yoga mats).