We’ve all been there, wanting to have many activities to do, events to have to attend to, things to do at work, more money to earn and more things to buy. Basically, the more the better. However, as time passes by, all of this can surely add an unwelcome guest in our lives as well – the stress. Our maturity and wisdom step in and we begin to see the actual important things in life – our rest and relaxation. Leading such dynamic lifestyles, it shouldn’t surprise us that everyone is looking for the ways to learn how to let go of control and just learn how to live day by day.
Taking all this into account, it doesn’t surprise the fact that we see a constant rise of the numbers of yoga studios and people interested in yoga. This ancient practice is known to have appeared at about 5,000 to 10,000 years ago and despite all that time, it still manages to captivate people with its techniques and efficiency. It can help the yogi learn how to create a balance of the body and mind and work on both as connected rather than as separate. When that technique of inner peace is completed with success, self-confidence is sure to rise as well. You begin to appreciate yourself as a person and value everyone in a like manner, with notable changes of a more fulfilled sense of living. If you are one of those people who love everything that has to do with yoga, you know by now there’s certainly more to it than just sitting in one position and waiting for meditation to happen on its own.
As much as it’s important to learn how to properly do all the asanas, correlating proper breathing with the adequate posture of the body, the equipment is also not to be overlooked. You don’t need to have a membership card and practice yoga exclusively in a studio to reap its benefits, you can do it in a corner of your home that you find peaceful. But, to be able to really master the asanas, you will largely rely on a mat because, a word of caution is, yoga done wrong can have side effects to your health. It takes research to be able to find the yoga meditation mat that is simply made to suit your needs, and with such a variety, your purchase won’t be much of a trouble.
Though there are many types to choose from, the purchase shouldn’t be another cause for a headache. You can get your yoga meditation mat easy when you consider some aspects such as material and thickness that are closely related to the kind of yoga you practice. The popular material option is PVC, however lately more people are becoming eco-aware so you will also find a plethora of mats from natural materials, some of which are cotton, jute and rubber.
The standard thickness is usually four to five millimetres, but if it’s more comfort you are after, for instance with the meditative Corpse Pose (Savasana), then you should look for a thicker one. Beginners are not advised to go for thicker ones because they can lead to more imbalance, especially with asanas like the Tree Pose (Vrksasana) and Lord of the Dance (Natarajasana).
Take care of your mat as you take care of yourself and your home and you’ll have plenty of relaxing moments to restore your inner peace.