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For beginners, some of the most common questions include: “Should I buy a yoga mat?” and “What yoga mat is best for beginners?”
Let’s get these questions answered for you…
Most people will never truly understand the capabilities of their own body. The body can do amazing things with the right focus and practice.
Getting a good yoga mat is a great investment and first step towards making big changes in your yoga practice. It’s a sign of your commitment to yourself and your practice.
Also make sure to check out our article on yoga tips for beginners before you get started
Question #1: Should I buy a yoga mat?
I would never speak ill of any fellow practitioners (yes, yes I would…), but some may not be as “clean” as you are.
If you’ve ever seen the sort of “extensive cleaning” that happens in most yoga studios, you’ll understand why getting your own is a good idea.
Also, getting a great yoga mat will help in the enjoyment of your practice!
There will be no more sliding on the carpet (if practicing at home), and a yoga mat is a less than subtle reminder of the investment you have made in yourself to take up yoga in the first place…
Question #2: What Yoga Mat is Best for Beginners?
The following are the top 5 yoga mats for beginners in 2016!
Best of the Best
The Good: No other mat can match up to the quality of Youphoria’s Yoga Mat. This mat is eco-friendly, has the highest quality material, and is made by an incredibly customer service oriented company. It’s the best of the best.
The Bad: More expensive. Also, if you sweat a lot in your hands or feet (like me), try the BalanceFrom GoYoga instead, because this one will be a little slippery for you.
The Bottom Line: It’s the ultimate yoga mat for beginners and even more conditioned practitioners. You will not go wrong buying this mat.
Best Value For Your Money and #1 Amazon Bestseller
The Good: A very high quality yoga mat with thicker padding for a more durable beginner friendly mat. It will help break falls and keep you from slipping on the mat!
The Bad: It’s a little thicker than others, which may make it slightly harder to balance during standing poses.
The Bottom Line: The best value for your money. You won’t find a better high-quality, durable yoga mat out there produced by great manufacturer with a good reputation.
The Good: Great quality mat made by one of the biggest brands (if not THE biggest) in yoga.
The Bad: The big brand comes with a bigger price tag. Gaiam, being such a large company, charges more for products that are not much different than the competition.
The Bottom Line: This is a great mat that has some good styles; however, you are paying a little more than necessary for a brand name.
The Good: Another great quality mat for beginners that comes in all sorts of colors.
The Bad: There are of complaints about the smell of the mat and that it’s too slippery. One user even described it as a “slip n’ slide.”
The Bottom Line: This mat will “get the job done” for beginners and comes at a fair price. However, that price is the same as our best value brand “BalanceFrom GoYoga” and is a little lower quality.
The Good: It’s a great mat that will get the job done for a beginner yogi.
The Bad: This is the lower quality Gaiam mat that is somehow still more expensive than “BalanceFrom GoYoga” at #2 and “Yoga Accessories” at #4.
The Bottom Line: The only reason to buy this mat is if you’re a big Gaiam fan but don’t want to buy a more expensive mat. We recommend choosing one of the others above.
There are LOTS of yoga brands and yoga mats competing for attention as yoga continues to grow in popularity.
There are a few other mats out there that we examined and did not feel had a right place on the top 5 list. We have linked them below to Amazon. Feel free to check any of them out if you’d like:
The Considerations for Selecting these Yoga Mats:
Reviews: How many positive reviews there were for the yoga mats along with our own experience using them!
Price: The prices of the products were compared to make sure you get the most value from your new yoga mat.
Thickness: As a beginner, it’s a good idea to start with a yoga mat thicker than ¼ of an inch to give yourself extra padding. Anything thinner than that should only be used by the more experienced yogis looking for ultimate ground connectivity.
Brand Reputation: Stable and consistent brands are always rated more highly than others.
Quality: You want a yoga mat to last you for a while and not rip!
Style: You want a yoga mat that makes you feel good and smile every time you see it. A yoga mat should look good to you as well as easy to use and carry for beginners.
—- Best of the Best —-
Without a shred of doubt, the Yoga Mat by Youphoria Yoga is the premium beginner yoga mat on the market today. While the quality of the mat is reflected in the price, it’s well worth the extra investment. Keep in mind that if you sweat a lot, especially in your hands and feet, you should look into the BalanceFrom GoYoga mat instead. It’s a premium quality mat that should last you a very long time and help to improve your yoga practice. If you’re a beginner, we recommend this yoga mat to you with complete confidence that you will absolutely love it!
—- Best Value —-
How do you find the best value if the top 5 are so good? The yoga mat that offers you the best value for your money is the Yoga Mat by BalanceFrom GoYoga. This yoga mat is perfect for beginners in any stage with any limitations. As a beginner, you want a yoga mat that has some cushion for falls and happy mistakes. This yoga mat is highly rated, will give you a solid base to work from, and will give you the support you need when starting your practice. If you’re cutting back on expenses or just looking for the best bang for your buck as far as yoga mats are concerned, look no further!
.Don’t forget to check out our new program, the Yoga Fat Loss Bible for Beginners, for guidance on flexibility, meditation, workouts, diet plan, and weight loss in your yoga practice!
It includes 50+ yoga poses and a complete workout plan designed to help you get results as fast as possible…
It really is the ultimate guide to sculpting a beautiful body with a regular yoga practice!
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