Types of Yoga Mats

YOGA MATS

A yoga mat can be a great asset when it comes to having satisfactory yoga sessions. The comfort and versatility they bring to the whole experience has made them a popular addition to most yoga enthusiasts’ inventories and studios. Before we consider the yoga mats available on the market today, let’s look at the types and how you can go about choosing the best non slip yoga mats for your needs.

TYPES OF YOGA MATS

Yoga mats exists in five basic types namely basic sticky yoga mats, Natural Rubber Yoga Mats, Plastic Elastomer Yoga Mats, Cotton and Hemp Yoga Mats, Jute Mats, and Travel Yoga Mats. Let’s go through each respective type.

Basic Sticky Yoga Mats

These are by far the most popular yoga mats available on the market. The crowning characteristic is that they possess a sticky texture that allows prolonged postures without any slippage. In terms of thickness, you have 1/8 and 1/4 inch options available for your choice. The thicker option should be the best option as it allows for more comfort. These provide for a good option especially when you are just starting out with yoga routines.

Natural rubber yoga mats

Perhaps the crowning feature of this type is the exceptional material and environmental properties it possesses. This yoga mat is made of natural rubber material which goes the extra mile with eco-friendly properties. The rubber material is forged from a range of biodegradable and recyclable material. Additionally, the mats have an efficient slip resistant feature that enhance your experience through strenuous yoga sessions. If your yoga enthusiasm extends to preserving the natural environment around you, this type could be one worthy of your consideration.

Plastic Elastomer Yoga Mats

The last few decades have witnessed a welcome advancement in the manufacturing of yoga mats. Plastic Elastomer yoga mats are a great example of these developments. The most notable feature of these mats is that they are void of PVC, Latex and other toxic materials. Another great feature common with high quality yoga mats is that they are slip resistant and water repellant. The extra advantages associated with these yoga mats place them among the top most mats available on the market today.

Cotton and hemp yoga mats

If you are up for a 100 per cent natural and hygienic option, cotton and Hemp Yoga Mats provide the best deal. On top of being made with 100 per cent natural material, their soft texture provide great cushioning and sweat absorbent properties. They are one of the easiest mats to clean as cotton can easily be washed after usage. The downside with cotton mats is that they are not as durable as other types of mats as they are easily subjected to tears upon prolonged use. Hemp mats are more durable due to the way they are weaved to come up with the actual mat. In principle, they are made of hemp yarns which are quite dense and possess high tensile strength. When it comes to absorbency, Hemp mats are also considered superior to cotton mats.

Jute mats

These mats are made of fibers known as Jute which originate from South East Asia. Jute fibers are biodegradable thus making these mats one of the most eco-friendly mats you can lay your hands on today. In terms of routines, this mat can make it in both low and high intensity routines with a considerable fiber endurance that rivals some of the best mats.

Travel yoga mats

Travelling shouldn’t be an excuse to skip a few yoga sessions as the industry has managed to come up with a good solution for you, the travel yoga mat. This mat is generally thinner than most of the conventional mats and has efficient non slip properties. The package comes with a bag to accommodate so that it can easily be incorporated into the luggage. It is important to notice that these mats are for those who are constantly on the move and may not be ideal for daily home or studio routines.

DO I NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE TO DO YOGA?

DO I NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE TO DO YOGA?

The simple answer to this question is a big NO! We understand it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that those who practice yoga have something extraordinary when we are faced with the sight of an advanced yoga practitioner in an impressive yoga posture. To be more specific, you may think you need an extra bit of flexibility before you pour yourself into the practice. The fact is that all you need is yourself as yoga has the ability to make you as flexible as you can be. It’s all about dedication and diligent practice and with time you will realize the challenging videos or pictures you used to admire aren’t as impossible as they looked. Furthermore, flexibility isn’t the only thing you will gain. This comes together with gains in strength, balance, muscular endurance, improved cardiovascular health which ultimately leads to enhanced overall physical well-being.

WHAT IS YOGA?

Yoga is a word coined from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which can be literally translated as ‘to bind, or yoke’. In essence, it is an umbrella term used to refer to a group of mental, spiritual and physical practices whose origins date back to ancient India. There seems to be much speculation about the actual origins of Yoga but one of the most accepted explanations relate to the construction of the Yoga Sutra by an Indian Philosopher (Patanjali) about 2000 yrs. ago. In simple terms, the Sutra is a yoga guide that is consisted of 195 statements, and its precepts bear resemblance to most of the aspects of yoga in today’s world. The Sutra identifies the different practices of yoga into eight groups, also known as eight limbs. These include the Asana/postures, prayanama/breathing techniques, Niyamas/observances, Yamas/restraining techniques, Pratyahara/ restraining of senses, Dharana/Concetration, Samadhi/absorption and the Dhyani which is also known as meditations. These eight limbs are progressively practiced and are organized with the intent to move oneself from the outside world to towards inward enlightenment.

Aside from the Sutra another commonly recognized classification of yoga divides it into two main groups known as Hatha and Raja. Hatha yoga is perhaps the most popular and it mostly relates to the Asana’s or postures organized in specific sequences with the ultimate goal of achieving balance between the physical body and the mind.

In today’s circles, the majority of yoga, especially in the western world, focuses on the asana which in general terms refers to the practice of physical postures and exercises. These exercises were originally intended to enhance physical strength, stamina and flexibility necessary for practicing prolonged meditation.

Camping Basics What you Need To Bring

Camping is a wonderful activity. It brings family’s together. It brings friends together and most importantly it teaches valuable life skills. Before we go off and head into the woods there are a few things we need to bring and a bunch more if you are not a survivalist.

The first thing is a camping tent. There are many types and sizes of a camping tent. Lets answer a few questions. How often will you go camping? How large is your company? Do you want multiple smaller tents or a large family sized one? Check out this video below. It will make your life slightly easier when it comes to what type of camping tent to get.

 

Once you have your sleeping tent we need to figure out were you will sleep. We recommend getting a sleeping bag or a camp style bag. We also recommend getting a pad that you can put underneath your sleeping bag, you will definitely have a better sleep. Watch this short video on the different types of sleeping bags there are to choose from.

 

Once you have the sleeping tent and sleeping bag taken care of. We need to tackle how you’ll prepare your meals. I know camping is associated with campfires but often not you’ll find yourself wishing you had a camping stove.

 

Now you have that out of the way don’t forget to get a cooler, pots, waters and flashlights to keep you safe.

You can also bring camp chairs, screen house.