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How to choose the ideal yoga mat

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Travel Yoga Mat. (Photo: Decathlon SG)
Travel Yoga Mat. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

From increasing balance and flexibility to stronger and more toned muscles, practising yoga daily provides a wide range of benefits. Especially in a fast-paced world, yoga helps with stress relief and improves mental health.

There are also many different types of yoga, such as the beginner-friendly Hatha Yoga, the core-intensive Kundalini Yoga, the meditative Yin Yoga, and the relaxing Restorative Yoga. Depending on what kind of yoga you practise, the ideal yoga mat differs. The things to consider include the thickness and the material of the yoga mat.

DYNAMIC YOGA

For more fast-paced yoga like Ashtanga Yoga, Lyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and Hot Yoga, you will need a yoga mat that provides more stability and grip. Your ideal yoga mat should have good adhesion and is around three to five millimetres thick.

Yoga Mat Grip + 5mm Kimjaly - Burgundy — also available in grey, purple, navy

S$60 at Decathlon

Yoga Mat Grip + 5mm Kimjaly - Burgundy. (Photo: Decathlon SG)
Yoga Mat Grip + 5mm Kimjaly - Burgundy. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

4mm Organic Jute and Natural Rubber Yoga Mat

S$60 at Decathlon

4mm Organic Jute and Natural Rubber Yoga Mat. (Photo: Decathlon SG)
4mm Organic Jute and Natural Rubber Yoga Mat. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

Yoga Mat Grip+ 3 mm - Black — also available in beige, green, khaki

S$50 at Decathlon

Yoga Mat Grip+ 3 mm - Black. (Photo: Decathlon SG)
Yoga Mat Grip+ 3 mm - Black. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

GENTLE YOGA

For more comfortable and relaxing yoga like Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Nidra Yoga, you should have a thicker yoga mat (five to eight millimetres). The thickness will cushion the impact between your body and the ground. It provides your body with more protection as you hold the postures for a longer period of time.

Yoga Mat 5mm Light - Pink — also available in grey, blue

S$30 at Decathlon

Yoga Mat 5mm Light - Pink. (Photo: Decathlon SG)
Yoga Mat 5mm Light - Pink. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

Yoga Mat XL 5mm Kimjaly - Green — also available in blue

S$32 at Decathlon

Yoga Mat XL 5mm Kimjaly - Green. (Photo: Decathlon SG)
Yoga Mat XL 5mm Kimjaly - Green. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

8 mm Comfort Yoga Mat - Dark Blue Palm — also available in burgundy, turquoise, blue jungle, green leaf

S$30 at Decathlon

8 mm Comfort Yoga Mat - Dark Blue Palm. (Photo: Decathlon SG)
8 mm Comfort Yoga Mat - Dark Blue Palm. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

FOR TRAVEL

If you enjoy practising yoga overseas, you will need a lightweight and highly portable yoga mat of around one and a half millimetres thick. Or if you’re not particular, you can even explore using a yoga towel as an alternative.

Travel Yoga Mat 1.3 mm - Grey

S$45 at Decathlon

Travel Yoga Mat 1.5 mm - Grey. (Photo: Decathlon SG)
Travel Yoga Mat 1.5 mm - Grey. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

Non-Slip Yoga Towel - Mountain Print — also available in grey/blue, grey

S$35 at Decathlon

Non-Slip Yoga Towel - Mountain Print. (Photo: Decathlon SG)
Non-Slip Yoga Towel - Mountain Print. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

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