5 Yoga Mat Areas of Concern
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If you practice yoga, you surely know how critical it is to have the right yoga mat. For most people, this is the only piece of equipment needed to engage in this practice. Whether you are just starting to get involved in yoga, or you have spent years doing this type of workout, your yoga mat will always be there with you for every milestone you complete and every goal you reach. Because your mat is your silent, unassuming partner in yoga, it is important for you to feel comfortable with it. We sell the best yoga mats on the market; they have been praised in Yoga Journal. You will find that all of our eco yoga mat styles are highly absorbent, made of a non-slip material, and thick enough to support your joints during even the most challenging poses. Yoga mats first became popular in 1982 when Angela Farmer devised the concept. Nowadays, most yoga practitioners cannot imagine life without their mats.
5 Yoga Mat Areas of Concern
Based on "5 Reasons You Should Care About the Yoga Mat You Use" by Aseem Giri which appeared on elephantjournal.com as one of the Top 10 Blogs of the Week
Yoga practitioners often develop a close relationship with their yoga mat. Praised by YogaJournal and other leading yoga teachers.
A yoga mat is often the sole piece of equipment for one’s practice. Who was there with you when you first started out, butterflies in your stomach? Your mat. Who was there when you nailed that challenge asana? Your mat.
You mat is very much your silent partner. Make sure you buy a mat that you want to spend time on and that you can rely on. Consider it an investment. It should do what good partners should do: it should be supportive, not a hindrance.
Your mat will also never talk back or judge you.
Ancient yoga practice in India was originally conducted on kusha grass, on hard earth without any cover, or on a rug made of the skin of deer or tiger. With yoga's introduction in the West, many practitioners used towels or cotton mats on wooden floors.
In 1982, while teaching yoga in Germany, Angela Farmer used carpet underlay cut to towel size during yoga classes; later she returned home to London with the material. Angela's father, Richard Farmer, contacted the German padding manufacturer and became the first retailer of "sticky mats". From that point, there are now a large number of mats available on the market and many choices that consumers need to make in determining the best yoga mat. This article aims to address some of the issues..
Full disclosure—I am the CEO of a yoga mat company. Does that make me biased? Probably. But the tenor of this article is no different than a yoga studio owner encouraging.
1. Your Body
In 2009, a New York City team based at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons published a list of the most serious yoga-related injuries (defined as ones that were disabling and/or of long duration). The lower back had the highest (231), followed by the shoulder (219), the knee (174) and the neck (110). Then came stroke. The respondents noted four cases in which yoga’s extreme bending and contortions resulted in some degree of brain damage.
The amount of weight and strain our backs are asked to assume can be significant during the course of our practice. Sitting on the floor in and of itself is not as impactful to the body, but during the course of asanas, strain shifts and could be damaging to your back. For example, seated forward folds can put a lot of pressure on the lower back.
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