A yoga mat that folds: easy transport and comfort of practice!
Looking for a yoga mat that folds up so you can easily carry it to your yoga class or slip it into a backpack or suitcase to take on vacation with you? You have fragile joints, especially those of the knee, and needthickness to cushion the support positions (especially those held for several seconds or even minutes)?
Find out how a quality folding yoga mat can meet both of these needs and which ones to choose!
Most yoga mats roll up widthwise for storage. This prevents damage to their coating as most materials can be damaged if they were folded instead of rolled.
This is the case of the YOGOM carpet. The anti-slip carpet sold for 129 euros is very easy to roll up, thanks in part to the lace supplied with it, but it cannot be folded orits coating will be damaged. The advantages of bonded carpet, such as the fact that its high quality coating is non-slip, come at the cost of the fact that it is not foldable.
The rolled format is not always optimal, it is difficult to store but especially it is complicated to transport. First of all, because the rolled mat does not stay in place, it will unroll so you will need a carrying strap, a yoga mat cover or a carrying bag to keep it rolled and to be able to store or carry it. A rolled up mat can only be carried on your shoulder or slung over your shoulder.
But now you’re going on a trip and want to bring your carpet and put it in a suitcase? You are going on a bivouac weekend and want to put your carpet in a backpack? Going to your yoga class after a day of business and need to slip the mat into your purse? Or are you going to the beach and would love to practice yoga and meditation at sunset but don ‘t want to be too crowded?
For all these reasons, be interested in travel yoga mats !
The principle of travel yoga mats is that they are foldable regardless of their composition. Generally they fold in 4 like a bath towel and weigh between 1 and 2 kg which makes them very convenient to carry as we said above.
The Yogom travel yoga mat has a natural rubber base and a quality textile microfiber cover. In addition to folding, it is very resistant because of its rubber composition and therefore you can abuse it and put it on the ground, sand or in the water. Cherry on the cake: it is machine washable which is not the case of all yoga mats or travel mats.
Be careful with the thickness the travel mat: indeed to have a light weight and a possibility of folding it is a mat which has a rather fine thickness. 1.5 mm for the Yogom.
If you were looking for a yoga mat for travel this is exactly what you need but if you were looking for a foldable yoga mat to bring comfort to your knees then the travel yoga mat will be too thin and won’t solve your discomfort at all. In this case, choose a natural rubber mat with a minimum thickness of 4 mm.
The travel mat is also a great solution for practicing on the mat lent by the studio. You have thickness but you leave with your mat folded and light and moreover you can wash it when you want: the must in terms of hygiene.
Fold your yoga mat to protect your knees
Do your knees hurt in postures that require you to rest on one knee for several seconds? This very unpleasant feeling can really interfere with your yoga sessions and it’s a shame not to maximize the benefits of a yoga session because you lack comfort .
The Yogom Performance Range yoga mat is made of high quality biodegradable natural rubber and a non-slip microfiber cover. It is almost as non-slip as a bonded carpet.
It is exactly the same composition as the travel mat but its thickness is higher. At Yogom, the Performance yoga mat is 4 mm thick. Below this level, we feel that the practice is less comfortable. This thickness means that it is not machine washable but can be cleaned very well with a damp sponge or microfiber or with a jet of water if it is very dirty.
This yoga mat is foldable which allows you to have a double thickness under the knees. You can also fold it in 3 to put it in a suitcase. It’s less than the travel yoga mat that folds into 4 but it’s still better than nothing. This mat is a good alternative if you are looking for a foldable mat to facilitate the transport during your travels but also to gain in comfort. And that is priceless!
The microfiber coating, in addition to being non-slip, has a very soft and unusual peach skin or velvet touch. Indeed, usually the yoga mats are rather plastic: they stick, slip and smell bad! And they are not environmentally friendly.
The microfiber is absorbent, so it is very well suited to practitioners who sweat easily. Indeed, when in contact with perspiration (moderate to abundant), the carpet becomes particularly non-slip, hands and feet are slowed down but you still keep a great fluidity of movement.
It is also a very pleasant material for dynamic yogas that require fluid transitions between postures (Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga) and also for soft yogas because of the natural touch that brings well-being to the posture.
Not all yoga mats are foldable, the non-slip bonded mat is a good example. Indeed, contrary to certain coverings, in particular rubber, a corked covering is damaged very quickly if it is folded regularly. Whether you’re traveling or practicing yoga without injury, a folding mat is a greatidea. And it’s a good thing that YOGOM offers them at affordable prices!
If it is the fact of going on a trip that motivates you most to choose a foldable mat, we recommend the Yogom Travel Yoga Mat, made of rubber and thin, making it easier to carry. Once folded, you can actually fit this yoga mat into a bag!
If you are looking for a yoga mat that will protect you from injury, we recommend the Yogom Performance Yoga Mat, which, although thicker, is still foldable and transportable, and it is also non-slip. This is the most versatile yoga mat from yogom. Suitable for all surfaces, its non-slip coating makes it perfectly usable for people who sweat a lot.
Selecting a yoga mat requires thinking about your needs!
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