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Yoga Mats

If you are new to yoga you may be wondering if you need to buy a yoga mat. The truth is in many circumstances you don’t have to have a mat like if you are doing yoga at home on the carpet or at a gym where you can borrow one. However, if you are serious about yoga or want to be able to practice in places with a hard floor, a yoga mat becomes a necessity.
Yoga mats come in a variety of styles, thicknesses, and sizes. Some yoga mats are very plain while others have interesting patterns and textures to help with friction when trying more challenging poses. Depending on the level of difficulty of the poses you do and your needs, you can find yoga mats that are very thin and flexible or mats that are very thick and easy on your joints, especially the knees. Because yoga is about connecting your mind and body, many yoga mats are designed to fit your personality as well as help you achieve those challenging pose.
Yoga mats are relatively inexpensive when compared to the cost of other exercise equipment. You can find many different types of yoga mats at most department stores as well as online for an even greater selection. You can find yoga mats for as little as $10, with the average mat running anywhere between $15 and $20. You can also find more expensive mats that may offer more support or a special design, but for most people the average mat will do.
Because there is such a wide variety of yoga available you may wonder how to pick the best mat for you, especially if you are new to yoga. The type of yoga mat you should buy depends on many factors, the most important being the type of yoga you practice and your skill level. If you do more active and challenging poses or need more support, a thicker mat is the best options for you. You mat also want to consider a textured mat if you need help maintaining poses. Thinner mats are great if you need a mat that is easy to carry and do more relaxing poses.

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