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21st Feb 2012 - Advantages of Using Thick Yoga Mats

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If you really are into yoga, then you know that you need a thick yoga mat, so that you can get rid of any worry that you may have while practicing a number of often daring and challenging yoga positions. Thick yoga mats also offer the practitioner that additional cushion to assist you in concentrating on your yoga exercises or class lessons.

Another advantage of a thick yoga mat is that it provides protection to your body against discomfort every time you need to sit or kneel at certain positions for a long period of time. Many yogis who do various yoga postures that require leg crosses and breathing exercises no longer feel any soreness in their ankles unlike before after using a thick 1/4" extra thick deluxe yoga mat. Beginners often tend to need this type of mat more than experienced yoga practitioners.

Yoga mats are usually available in two thicknesses; however, you can also find other thicknesses. If your problem is the training space, then a thinner one would be suitable, but if your priority is comfort, then something like a 1/4" Natural Collection yoga mat would get the job done.

Butterfly yoga and Pilates mat products differ in size – the bigger the mat, the bigger the personal space you have – and some people just want more “leg room”, while some are tall and actually need the space. For those who have a smaller body or require less space, a smaller mat would be suitable. There are a number of yoga classes that run quite comfortably in extremely small spaces, and this aids the students to collaborate and connect wonderfully since yoga is intended to unify.

If you are planning to do yoga indoor or outdoor or on a soft or hard floor, a Dragonfly Premium Weight Yoga Mat is recommended, as some practitioners have an injury or a sensitive body that requires additional support and padding when bearing weight. One such example is acroyoga, where a practitioner is on the floor (or called a base), holding another practitioner on his/her feet up in the air. Therefore, an excellent support underneath the “base” will provide more comfort. Another practice that works well with a thick yoga mat to provide additional cushion and support is ashtanga.

The knee is a complex and sensitive body part, so a good support for it is a rolled up yoga mat. Thick mats will aid aging bodies to lessen the feeling of sensitivity, and this allows one to concentrate on the yoga postures and less on the pain or look for points of comfort.

Stability is another factor that you need to take into consideration in terms of the mat’s thickness, and it does vary between thin mats and think mats, as the former provide slightly better stability.