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Five reasons to pick thick yoga mat

- January 27th, 2011
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Thicker is better when it comes to a yoga mat.

The following press release, courtesy the good folks at SilverSport, explains why:

Yoga poses are designed to gradually loosen and relax muscles and joints. Most people know that using props like blocks and straps can minimize joint strain and ease pain. Few realize that they can also get significant benefit from that most basic of all yoga supplies: the yoga mat. A thick yoga mat provides a number of benefits that will deepen your practice and prevent injury.

Here are five major reasons to choose a thick yoga mat:

1. Ease pressure. It’s simple: extra cushion between you and the floor means less pressure on the bones and joints as you move through poses. A thicker yoga mat ensures that your knees and hips aren’t digging into the floor and causing you pain.

2. Provide stability. The extra cushioning provided by a thick yoga mat adds to stability as your hands and feet sink into the mat. This allows for a bit of wiggling – the minute adjustments to weight and balance that allow you to stay upright.

3. Add warmth.By keeping you from direct contact with a cold wood, tile or concrete floor, a thick mat keeps your muscles warmer. Warm muscles are flexible muscles and less prone to injury.

4. Minimize impact. If you’re a fan of more vigorous practices like Ashtanga yoga that involve jumps from one pose to another, a thick mat provides extra cushioning for your landing and reduces impact on your joints and bones.

5. Add traction. Many people find that a thicker mat keeps their hands and feet from sliding about as the cushion adds to the traction provided by the sticky surface. When hands and feet sink in a bit they’re not as prone to wander about. A good thick yoga mat will provide excellent cushioning without sacrificing the solid interaction with the floor that most yogis crave. Over time, it’s sure to become one of your go-to yoga supplies.

— Source: www.SilverSport.com