At Moksha Kelowna we like to make sure that you have the best experience possible, right down to the type of mat you use. We carry a rang of different retail offerings, items that inspire us and support our practice. Manduka has been a leader in the yoga industry for many years and delivers high quality products with integrity.
While it’s true that yoga can be done with nothing but an open mind, if you’re serious about your practice the best thing you can do is invest in a quality mat.
Like most things (a car, a surfboard, etc.), you get what you pay for. You may start off with the basic equipment and as your commitment for yoga grows, you will look to upgrade. A less-expensive mat might wear out faster, not have enough support or slip when you sweat. That doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive mat out there, it just means you should take the time to find the mat that’s right for you and your practice. Unlike other props like towels or apparel that get switched out often, most people use the same mat for a long time. So paying a little more upfront may ultimately end up costing you less in the long run, not to mention have a more positive impact on the planet. The Manduka PRO, for example, has an actual Lifetime Guarantee. As in, it won’t wear out or break down no matter how often you use it. It actually gets better over time and with more use! Here are a few other things to consider when you’re looking for a mat:
Have you ever come out of a pose early because of the pressure it was putting on your body—your knee for example? Maybe you’ve even had to fold a mat over to get comfortable? That means the mat isn’t dense enough. Check the thickness and cushioning just like you’d check the sole of a running shoe. Your mat should support you in any pose. A heavy mat won’t move when you move either so you can flow between poses trusting your foundation!
Whether you practice hot yoga, vinyasa flow or kundalini, you need a grip you can rely on. Of course, if you’re a real sweater, there’s no getting around a little sliding here and there, but a quality mat made with a grippy texture can drastically minimize slippage. (Special mat towels like yogitoes or eQua can also help ground you and absorb sweat!).
Just like people, mats come in many sizes, lengths and weights. Make sure you choose one that supports your lifestyle. The more cushion a mat has, the heavier it will be—fine for going from the car to class but not so much if you’re trekking around town. Luckily, there are some great mats out there that provide a nice balance of comfort and convenience like the PROlite or the eKO Lite. Both also have a longer length available for those that need a little extra room to stretch!
How your mat is made and what it’s made of are also very important. Is it well-crafted? Sustainably produced? Made of natural materials? Beyond the fact that quality material will not only last longer, mats made of more environmentally-friendly components will help reduce landfill waste and the effects of production.
The LiveON mat, for example, is made with recyclable foam that uses minimal energy and is produced in a closed-loop process.