Avatara Yoga/Pilates mat.
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Avatara Yoga/Pilates mat.
It being a long while since I’ve done yoga I used the web to find out some things to search for when choosing an exercise mat. I’ve been meaning to restart and as I’m an amputee I’ll be using sitting poses, so this mat is a good choice for me. I need comfort and of course non slip when I’m trying to get up – you try rising from floor with only one leg – its not easy and a slipping surface is a nightmare!!
Things to look for :
Thickness; Too thin, can be uncomfortable, too thick yoga mats can feel wobbly when standing. making you more wobbly. Thinner ones roll up easily for carrying. 2). Material; Foam or Fabric/jute types seem to be most common. Think about how well they grip floor, any allergies ( i.e. Latex) and how they seem up to wear, especially if used frequently. Foam rubber ones may wear in patches, jute ones probably longer lasting but thinner. Any info on treated finishes, eco friendly, anti-bacterial etc. How easy is it to clean? 3). Texture, Foam.rubber types grip well, jute/cotton ones may slip unless some anti slip or textured backing. Will texture irritate you ? Think about how well it grips feet, esp. when holding standing poses.
My thoughts on this mat:
1. This mat is very thick and comfortable, though the Yamuna mat was thicker. It doesn’t have anything to hold it while rolled and unravels easily. You need a bag or to make some kind of strapping for transport and storage unless you’ve a shelf it can lay flat on. I do like the poses printed on the one we had, the orange one. IBM a handy visual when just starting to recall simple poses.
2. As with the Yamuna mat the material of this one is hypoallergenic and free of harmful substances (Latex and Phthalate free). It can be cleaned easily with simple soft brush and soapy water, I would wipe over after each use with a disinfectant on a cloth to keep fresh and clean.
3. This foam mat grips well on both carpet and hard floors. Its very comfortable to use for both sitting and standing poses and feels stable. The foam is very impact absorbing and seems good for joint protection. I’ll probably be using this one or the Shitala mat, as the thicker one has been taken by grandkids.
I think as well as using for an exercise mat this will be useful for emergency mattress, when teens have friends to stay, especially as we’re now into summer holidays. My daughter uses it in front of the Wii so the floor doesn’t vibrate so noisily.