Answers and Advice
Mathilde Corbin, the founder of Yogom answers the big question “Why do I slip on my mat” which is a question that often comes up and is very important for you in choosing the yoga mat that suits you and your needs. You will discover that you may have a poor quality yoga mat or one that is not suitable for yoga. I’m thinking especially of all the PVC yoga mats that slip, stick, are poor quality products that you sink into and smell like plastic. Indeed in these cases the yoga mat lacks grip and you need a yoga mat anti-slip to avoid injury. But you’ll also discover that in many cases grip isn’t everything and the yoga mat isn’t always the reason you slip! The grip of the yoga mat is not the most important criteria for everyone!
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Are you slipping on your PVC foam yoga mat and afraid of getting hurt or have you already been hurt? Do you practice on a yoga, fitness or sports mat that comes off the floor, rolls up on itself and is not grippy either on the floor or under your hands and feet? Do you sweat a lot and slip on your yoga mat? In this case yes you needa non-slip yoga mat and your yoga mat should be able to help you practice safe yoga and pilates. For people looking for supreme grip, where the non-slip aspect of a yoga mat is THE number one criterion, Yogom advises you to orient yourself without hesitation on the best yoga mat: the Yoga mat range Star which has been developed recently.
Whether you sweat or not, whether your yoga practice is more oriented towards a gentle yoga, dynamic or towards pilates, this yoga mat will not move, the materials are chosen especially for these criteria.
The rubber coating of this yoga mat provides maximum grip that can not be matched by any other range and will allow to perform floor postures in comfort, ideal for pilates and dynamic yoga. The rubber base of the mat will also be an asset in order to provide excellent stability in the postures of balance as well as a perfect adherence to the ground: the yoga mat will not stretch and will not move which must be a standard in your choice of a quality yoga mat.
Why is the grip of the yoga mat not necessarily the most important criteria for everyone?
Not EVERYONE is looking for a non-slip yoga mat! Yogis with advanced practice need to have fluidity in their practice and therefore need a mat that will not block too much movement. For example, there are many big splits that can’t be done with a non-slip yoga mat. These yogis already have a good anchor, know how to balance the distribution of energy in the body and sheath when necessary. The products and materials we choose depend on our level of practice.
Mathilde also explains that not everything depends on the yoga mat! Indeed, at the time, Yogis practiced on the ground, and could not rely on their mats to gain traction.
In the famous upside down dog, one of the postures often cited as an example when the issue of surface adhesion comes into play. It is necessary to know that the sheathing is essential as well as good postures of the hands: it will be necessary to try to spread the fingers with the maximum, to plant the phalanges and not to slouch on the bottom of the wrist at the risk of being wounded! The goal is to shift the energy of the body to the top of the shoulders and move forward while sheathing the body. This is what we callAnchoring. The design of the yoga mat that allows you to do a head down dog slumped on your mat without sliding on the surface for 5 minutes is a nice dream! The head down dog is a sheathing exercise: you must have the knees parallel, bent, exert a pressure so that your knees do not go one towards the other, stretch the spine, buttocks up, straight back. it is not one of the easy or comfortable postures!
It is also important to know that some accessories will help you to have a better anchorage during your practice of yoga and pilates. Accessories like yoga bricks allow you to perform certain yoga poses with more comfort, so you can complete your practice to your liking.
Every yogi needs a mat!
Once you’re hardly relying on your yoga mat to progress in your yoga practice, the composition of the yoga mat cover no longer comes into play when choosing a mat. That’s why Yogom encourages you to ask yourself the right questions that will be more focused on your practice, use, cushioning … rather than on the grip of materials.
Indeed, in the choice of an ecological yoga mat there are many criteriaThe adherence of the articles is part of it but there are also for example the comfort of the surface, the fluidity of movement, the lightness of the yoga mat, the thickness, the density, the cushioning of the joints… The criteria of selection of the articles are specific to each one and to the type of Yoga which is going to be practiced! The yogi who sweats a lot, the one who never sweats, the one who practices Hatha Yoga and the one who practices Vinyasa Yoga, will not need the same yoga mat. Just as the yogi who practices yoga in the grass, the one who practices in a yoga studio and the one who practices in his living room will not choose the same yoga mat. And the one who travels, wants a facilitated transport? The one who carries his carpet by bike? There are so many different profiles and practices that it is impossible to design a yoga mat that fits everyone on all criteria.
Choosing an Ecological Yoga Mat ♻️
For example, we can look for a yoga mat with a natural material, very soft, because we have eco-responsible convictions, respectful of nature, or because we practice very soft Yogas and meditation which require a cocooning universe and a soft surface. In these cases, the yoga mat of the Softness range will be ideal! The comfort of this yoga mat comes at the cost of a loss of grip but its natural rubber still provides good stability on the ground, ideal for yin yoga, meditation and gentle yoga in general! The Natural Yoga Mat is a mat made in Europe and certified Oeko-tex. Moreover, it is made of merino wool. We are on an ecological and natural product.
Or the recycled yoga mat made in Portugal the most ecological and respectful of nature that exists on the market!
Or do you prefer a Yoga mat made of natural rubber ?
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We may also need a yoga mat with more technicality for Dynamic Yogas (Vinyasa, Hatha…) and pilates as the products of the Performance Yoga Mat range with its microfiber surface. The microfiber of this yoga mat will allow a fluidity of movement, a yoga mat that is not sticky and does not block the movements! These are qualities to look for at all costs in a product today with Yogas that are almost danced, or the need will be to find a yoga mat that allows us to perform flows (pilates and yoga). These dynamic yogas and pilates are also intense, we will tend to sweat and this same microfiber will have the advantage of developing the grip of the surface and the adherence to the contact of perspiration on the yoga mat. With these yoga mats, we will get a braking effect of hands and feet without being stuck, or blocked!
There are also products from the Yomad thick yoga mat range. This is Yogom’s most versatile line. It is the quality yoga mat that revolutionizes the PVC yoga mats, products that you can find on the market whose surface sticks, that slip or that you sink in. It is a yoga mat that corresponds both to people who seek at all costs this non-slip aspect but especially who seek a lot of comfort.
This yoga mat is still very non-slip, whether you sweat or not even if it is not the first quality of this product. The yoga mat 6 mm Yomad is especially known for its thickness and thus its comfort. It is difficult to do better because by gaining in thickness, the risk is to pay the price of stability and to sink in its yoga mat. It is therefore a yoga mat that can suit people looking for the perfect balance between comfort and grip.
So which yoga mat should you choose so you don’t slip?
Yogom offers you a personalized advice, take advantage of it! Discover our comparative guide of the Yogom yoga mats established according to several criteria: weight, dimensions, adherence, thickness, anti-skid criteria, composition, ease of transport, etc. Then fill out the form to tell us more about your yoga practice, your needs and your profile and we will tell you exactly which yoga mat we think is right for you, even if the yoga mat of your dreams was not a Yogom yoga mat!
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