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How to choose your yoga mat?

Yoga is not only a physical practice, but also a way of life that brings balance and serenity. Whether you're a novice or have been practicing yoga for some time, choosing the right yoga mat is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. The Yoga Searcher team will guide you through the vast selection of yoga mats. We'll look at the different types of mat, their materials, thicknesses and gripping surfaces. We'll also look at the key features to look for when buying, such as comfort, durability and maintenance. Whether you want a mat for intensive practice or for relaxing at home, we'll give you all the information you need to make the right choice.

Why is it important to choose the right yoga mat?

Choosing the right yoga mat can have a significant impact on your practice. An ill-fitting mat can make postures uncomfortable, slip during movement and wear out quickly. So it's crucial to find a mat that offers a balance between comfort, grip and durability.

What's more, each type of yoga may require a different mat, depending on the intensity and movements involved. For example, for more dynamic styles of yoga such as Vinyasa or Ashtanga, a mat with good grip and extra cushioning may be preferable. On the other hand, if you practice gentle yoga or Yin, a thicker, softer mat may be more suitable.

Factors to consider when choosing a yoga mat - thickness, material, texture and size

When choosing a yoga mat, several factors need to be taken into account to ensure you make the right choice. Here are the main elements to consider:

1. Thickness: The thickness of the mat determines the level of comfort and cushioning it offers. Thicker mats are generally suitable for gentle practices, while thinner mats offer greater stability for more active postures.

2. Materials: As mentioned above, different materials are used to make yoga mats. Choose a material that suits your specific values and needs, bearing in mind the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

3. Texture: The texture of the mat surface can influence grip and comfort. Some carpets have a rough texture for better grip, while others are smoother and softer to the touch.

4. Weight: The weight of your mat should be determined by your habits. If you're always on the move, or if you go to the gym, you're more likely to opt for a lightweight and/or foldable mat. If you're not on the move, you may opt for a more technical mat, and therefore a heavier one.

By taking these factors into account, you'll be able to find a mat that meets your specific needs and will accompany you in your yoga practice.

Understanding the different materials used in yoga mats - PVC, TPE, natural rubber and cork

Yoga mats are made from a variety of materials, each offering unique characteristics. Here are the most commonly used materials and their advantages and disadvantages:

1. PVC (polyvinyl chloride): PVC is the most commonly used material for yoga mats. It offers good adhesion, is durable and affordable. However, it may contain harmful chemicals and is not environmentally friendly.

2. TPE (thermoplastic elastomer): TPE is an environmentally friendly, non-toxic material. It offers good grip and cushioning, but can be less durable than PVC.

3. Natural rubber: Natural rubber is an environmentally-friendly, durable material. It offers excellent grip and cushioning. However, it requires regular maintenance to preserve its durability and can be more expensive as it is a natural material and a unique renewable resource.

4. Cork: Cork is a natural and ecological material. It is wear-resistant, offers excellent grip and is hypoallergenic. However, it can be more expensive than other types of carpet. When using a cork mat, it's best to keep your hands moistened for optimum grip.

5. Microfiber : Microfiber is a material made from fine, very soft synthetic fibers. Microfiber yoga mats can be customized in a variety of designs. When using a microfiber mat, it's best to keep your hands moistened for optimum grip.

By choosing the material that best suits your personal preferences and values, you can find a yoga mat that suits your practice, the environment and your wallet.

Yoga mats by Yoga Searcher.

At Yoga Searcher, all our mats are manufactured in an environmentally-friendly way. We prefer natural, organic and recyclable materials such as TPE and natural rubber. Materials chosen to provide our yogis with optimum grip and a pleasant workout, while respecting the environment as much as possible.

Our mat range and its little extras :

Alignement: What we love about our Alignement mat is its grip and resistance to all tests. Lightweight, you can easily transport it from your home to your yoga class. Discover it right here.

The little extra? The positioning line that helps you align yourself during your practice..

Imparfait: Our Imparfait mat is perfect! We love it for its grip and its range of thicknesses (4mm or 5mm). Discover it right here.

The little extra? It's double-sided and adapts to all types of yoga.

Travel: We love our Travel mat for traveling, but also for layering on top of the mats available in your yoga classes. Thin and light, it slips easily into our suitcases! Discover it right here.

The little extra? Its grip and discreet, elegant marble effect.

Pro mat: Our pro mat, we don't have the words to describe it, we love it so much! With it, there's no chance of you slipping - it's your best ally. Discover it right here.

The little extra? The positioning line that helps you align yourself during your practice..

Rubber mat : We love our Rubber mat for its grip and durability. It'll give you the stability you need during your practice. Discover it right here.

The little extra? We love its terracotta color and marble effect!

If you're still not sure, don't hesitate to come and test our mats in our boutiques and sales outlets. We'll be delighted to welcome you and advise you.