Yoga Mats & Exercise Mats
Yoga offers a respite from daily stressors. It merges the body, mind, and spirit, assisting practitioners in achieving a balance that's often missing in our modern lives.
However, as pivotal as the practice itself, is the platform on which it's performed - the yoga mat. A quality yoga mat provides the grip essential for intricate poses, cushions your body from the hard ground, and creates a personal space for your practice. Simply put, the right exercise mat can transform your yoga experience, ensuring you get the maximum benefits out of each session.
Explore the perfect union of quality and comfort with Dynamo Fitness's Yoga Mats in Australia. Our range has been meticulously crafted to support and enhance your sessions. Shop now and experience the difference a premium mat can make.
How to Choose the Perfect Yoga Mat or Exercise Mat for You
Selecting the ideal yoga mat can be the difference between a rejuvenating session and one filled with discomfort. Here's a straightforward guide to help you make an informed choice:
Purpose & Yoga Style
- Hatha or Vinyasa: These dynamic styles require a non-slip mat to ensure stability.
- Bikram or Hot Yoga: Opt for a mat with superior absorbency to manage sweat.
- Restorative Yoga: Look for a thicker mat for added cushioning and support.
- Eco-friendly Options: Materials like cork and natural rubber are sustainable and provide excellent grip.
- PVC Mats: While they're long-lasting and offer good slip resistance, they're not biodegradable.
Thickness & Comfort
- Standard Thickness (1/8 inch): Suitable for most practices and easy to carry.
- Thick Mats (1/4 inch or more): Offer more cushioning, ideal for those with joint pain or preferring extra comfort.
Texture & Grip
A mat with a tactile surface enhances grip, ensuring you stay stable even during sweaty sessions. This can be critical for safety and performance.
Size & Portability
Standard mats are around 68 inches long, but if you're taller, consider mats up to 84 inches.
If you're often on-the-go, a lightweight mat or one with a carrying strap can be beneficial.
Is a yoga mat the same as a gym mat?
No, they are not the same. While both provide cushioning, yoga mats are typically thinner and designed to offer grip for yoga poses, whereas gym mats are thicker and offer protection during high-impact exercises.
What is special about a yoga mat?
A yoga mat is specially designed with a textured surface to provide grip and stability during yoga poses. It also offers enough cushioning to protect joints during low-impact yoga exercises and is lightweight and portable for easy transport to and from classes.
Is foam or rubber better for a yoga mat?
Both foam and rubber materials have their advantages:
- Foam: Typically lightweight and offers good cushioning. However, it might not provide as much grip as rubber, especially when wet.
- Rubber: Denser and provides excellent grip, even during sweaty sessions. It's also more eco-friendly than some foam mats, but it might be heavier.
Your choice depends on your priorities, like the need for grip, cushioning, or eco-friendliness.
What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates Mats?
The main difference between Yoga and Pilates mats is their thickness. Pilates exercises require more support than traditional yoga mats, at Dynamo we stock a 15mm Mat perfect for Pilates routines.
What Yoga Accessories do I need?
As a beginner you generally only need a Yoga Mat, as you progress and want to attempt those more challenging poses a Yoga Block will aid in increasing stability during different poses.
Unsure about the perfect Yoga Mat for your needs? Contact us and our knowledgeable team will guide you to the ideal choice. Explore our diverse range of yoga mats at Dynamo Fitness or visit our showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth for a hands-on experience.