What Is The Importance Of A Yoga Mat?
Believe it or not, there is controversy over the necessity of using a mat for yoga or Pilates. I found many articles that support both sides. It is important to do your research and decide for yourself
As for me, I love my mat for many reasons.
The mat defines your space. As a blind person, this is essential for feeling safe and secure while performing poses. My mat is marked with a piece of tape in the top left corner so I don’t get turned around. This is especially helpful if in a class with lots of people all around. If you are at home, the mat creates a specific area that can be controlled, thus making it easier to relax and be present in your body.
For any kind of exercise body alignment can make or break the desired outcome. Mirrors are often used in gyms or yoga studios so alignment can be corrected visually. The mat compensates if you know how to use it.
The front edge of the mat can be used to line up your fingers or toes. You do not need to see them to know where they are in relation to each other. You can mark your mat with tape to indicate the placement of your feet. You may want to mark the spots that place your feet hip distance apart or your hands shoulder distance apart. All the edges are useful for knowing exactly where you are. Some people like to mark their mats to help them know that their knees and hands are lined up. It is your mat to do with as you please. I like a center line of tape so I know that my spine is straight. Be creative and make it work for you.
Setting The Scene
My mat is one of my favorite places in the world. I sit down and I automatically relax and come into my body. I gear down. It is my mat, my space to be with me and nobody else. The mat serves as a queue to your nervous system to slow down, breathe, and take a break from the rest of the world. This is called a conditioned response and it will grow stronger over time. It is important that you have a mat that you love, a mat that feels secure, and I prefer a mat that is eco friendly. I recommend getting a mat that brings you joy. Mats range greatly in price and quality. Finding the right mat can be overwhelming. The mats we provide on our website are top of the line and are an investment in your well-being. I have encountered many mats over the years and these mats by Jade are my favorite, and are excellent for either Yoga or Pilates workouts.
If you’re looking for a somewhat more economical mat that is not as sticky but which provides a bit more padding, you might want to consider this one.
This article will help you learn about all the choices and factors involved in choosing a good mat for you.
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