Shitala yoga mat
Shitala yoga 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. Its an extra thick mat which makes it very comfortable and gives excellent impact protection for joints, whether mostly standing or sitting. I am only sitting, being an amputee, so this is perfect for me. I have fragile bones so I need something to protect them while I’m doing exercises. Its a catch 22 – exercise is good for bones but not if you fall….Its easy to roll up and comes with a useful cord to hold it together and carry easily, or to hang up saving space.
2. As with all the mats from this company the construction of this one is hypoallergenic and free of harmful substance materials (Latex and Phthalate free). Very important if you., or someone you exercise with, has allergies. It can be cleaned easily with simple soft brush and soapy water, and the surfaces make it easy to clean. I would wipe over after each use with a disinfectant on a cloth to keep fresh and clean.
3. This mat has excellent grip on both carpet and hard floors. Its terrific for both standing and sitting poses and feels very stable. I feel its an excellent choice for all round exercises, whether Yoga, Pilates or some other form.
Its a good all round choice when non slip/grip is the priority.
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