Yoga mats are mats that are laid on the ground when practicing yoga. Yoga mats can effectively block cold ground, have strong adsorption to the ground, have outstanding resilience, flatness, slip resistance, and affinity for human skin.
Yoga is suitable for all kinds of people, and there are many kinds of yoga mats to accompany practitioners, but what are the materials of yoga mats? Yoga mats should be soft and flexible. The most widely used yoga mats are TPE and PVC. TPE is the most environmentally friendly to the human body and has no peculiar smell.
The main components of TPE foam cushions are TPE, EVA and artificial rubber. The production cost and technology are relatively high, and the barriers to industry entry are also high. The product has good quality, sufficient elasticity, softness and high anti-slip effect. It is currently a more promising product.
If you are learning yoga that focuses on softness training, you spend most of your time sitting on a TPE yoga mat, then the foam mats is thicker and softer, so you can sit more comfortably. However, if the yoga is mainly PowerYoga or AshtangaYoga, the foam mats should not be too hard, and the requirements for slip resistance are also very high. why? Because the foam mats is too soft, it is very difficult to do a lot of movements while standing on it (especially balancing movements such as tree poses). If you do this kind of yoga action that will sweat a lot, without using a mat with a good anti-slip effect, you will easily slip and fall and become dangerous.
If your movements are not so slow, and you don't sweat as much as running, it's somewhere in between. What kind of mat should you use? The answer is "a thinner cushion." Doing this kind of action on a foam play mat that is too thick (above 5mm) will lose the feeling of contact with the ground, and the effect is not good.