While there are many different kinds of yoga practices – power vinyasa to restoratives – the one thing they all have in common is the use of the yoga mat. With the different practices and preferences in a mat, it is up to you as a studio owner to determine which will best meet the specific requirements of your clientele.
As you know, a quality yoga mat is extremely important to help maintain one’s balance and enable your clients to have the correct posture. If your studio mainly offers classes that produce a lot of sweating, you would want a yoga mat that is sticky enough that the students don’t slip on it. And, of course, it is important to have a mat with enough cushioning to protect bony protrusions and joints.
The good news is that in the last decade, yoga mats have become even more durable, fun and higher quality. There are, in fact, so many different types of yoga mats to choose from that it is really hard to know which one is best. Many in-depth reviews have been published. I recommend you check out this list for an in-depth review.
There are some common qualities that you should consider when purchasing new yoga mats:
The traction of the mat you purchase can be very important no matter what type of yoga practice is dominant at your studio. A mat which has some traction is important, but you also want to be comfortable when moving. The texture of the mat determines the traction, and a rougher mat is better for those who are doing more standing, balancing and faster-paced yoga. They can be too rough for people looking for greater comfort, like older adults and people with injuries.
The Thickness of the Mats
The thickness that might work best for your population really depends on their body types and the kind of yoga they practice. A thicker mat is better for those of us that have back or joint pain. It is also typically preferred if you practice a more meditative style of yoga. The thickness, however, might make it harder to feel the floor. Therefore, it depends on the most common body types of your clients and what’s important to them.
Durability of the Mat
You always want a high-quality mat that will last a long time. While plastic mats do last a long time because they are made with a synthetic type of material, a high-quality, more expensive mat is worth it in the long run. There are plenty of eco-friendly mats, as well as other quality mats, that can last your studio for years.
Sticky vs. Slippery mats
A stickier mat is usually a better choice of yoga mat for people practicing more standing poses or flow style yoga. A sticky mat makes it easier to maintain correct alignment and move more safely when switching from posture to posture. When offering yoga that causes sweating, a sticky mat can prevent slipping.
There are so many reasons to buy an eco-friendly mat, not only because they are better for the environment, but also because they’re not made with toxic materials. Your members will probably notice the lack of smell from the new mats with eco-friendly brands, too. The cheaper plastic mats are not as popular today as they were years ago because they have a negative impact on the environment as well as our bodies. The good news is most companies sell a variety of eco-friendly yoga mats due to their popularity.
Yoga mats are one of the most important purchases you will make when purchasing equipment for your yoga studio. The type of mat that suits your studio depends on your members’ body types, yoga practice styles and whatever special populations you cater to. As long as they feel comfortable and have the proper support, that’s really all that matters. Before finalizing your purchase, you may want to survey your regular clients to get more information.