How to choose the right yoga mat?

How to choose the right yoga mat?

In the constant hustle and bustle of modern life, where chaos and continuous movement intertwine, seeking inner harmony has become a necessity. Among the numerous practices that help us achieve inner peace, yoga and meditation remain one of the most popular. In this context, an indispensable companion emerges – the yoga mat.

The yoga mat surpasses its role as a comfortable surface for exercise, representing a gateway to a world where the physical and spiritual intertwine. It is not merely a tool for providing comfort during workouts but also a space where threads of spiritual development, inner peace, and a deeper understanding of one's being come together. With each yoga practice on this loyal mat, you enter an imaginative space where limitations are temporary, and doors open to the unlimited potential of your practice. This »padded piece« not only serves as a comfortable yoga base but acts as a portal guiding you to the inner depths, where each breath intertwines with the echo of the soul, creating a unique experience every time you introspect during yoga.

Therefore, I challenge you to surrender to the charms of a properly chosen yoga mat. This simple yoga prop is not just a comfortable base; it is a guide on the path to inner balance and personal development. Let your yoga practice be saturated with the comfort, inspiration, and inner peace that this indispensable companion brings.

Kurma Core Lite yoga mats.


Tips for choosing a yoga mat

The first investment in the world of yoga typically involves purchasing a yoga mat. Although many yoga studios provide their mats, nothing beats the feeling of owning a personalized yoga mat chosen according to your individual workout style. When choosing, it is crucial to consider specific workout requirements, including thoughtful reflection on length, thickness, material, grip, and other key features. Before deciding on the color, take enough time not only to choose but also to examine its physical properties that will ensure a perfect match with your yoga practice.

For dynamic exercises where flexibility is crucial, a yoga mat with a good grip surface is recommended, while for static poses, choose a mat with exceptional grip. If you are frequently on the go, also consider the thickness and weight of the yoga mat.



The standard size of a yoga mat is 180 cm in length and 60 cm in width. If you are taller, it is advisable to adjust the size. The ideal measurement of the yoga mat in this case is the length of your body, increased by 5 cm above the head and below the feet. For those with larger builds, larger mats measuring 200 cm are available, adapting more easily to individual body sizes.



Although less important to some, color is a decisive factor for others. With a wide range of colors available on the market, easily embark on a quest for the one that inspires you the most.



The thickness of a yoga mat is crucial, as thicker mats generally mean more weight. If you are constantly moving or frequently carrying your yoga mat, it is important to consider its weight. The standard thickness is around 4 mm, but thinner mats, approximately 2 mm thick, are also available, easily foldable into a yoga mat bag and effortlessly transportable.



The most common materials for making yoga mats are natural rubber, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane (PU), and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). Each type of material has its unique characteristics that can affect your yoga practice experience, so choose the one that suits your needs.


Natural rubber, also known as latex, is considered the most environmentally friendly material for yoga mats. Despite its naturalness, it requires slightly more care but provides excellent grip and durability. Despite being a natural material, it involves the use of chemicals and synthetic rubber. The downside of natural rubber is that it is more susceptible to external influences, like PVC yoga mats. Mats made from PVC should not be left in direct sunlight, as they can oxidize and lose their color. In our online store, you can find the Kurma Geco Lite yoga mat made from natural rubber.

Rubber mats, such as the KURMA GECO Lite, feature an open-cell surface that allows easy absorption of sweat. This is particularly useful for yogis who frequently have sweaty hands during workouts, as the rubber surface provides excellent grip.



Yoga mats made from polyurethane offer the best dry grip during yoga practice, thanks to their open-cell structure. During active yoga workouts where sweating occurs, moisture is absorbed into the core of the mat, making regular cleaning of the yoga mat essential to remove accumulated sweat and bacteria.



PVC yoga mats are most commonly used in the majority of yoga studios due to their durability and resistance to wear. Due to the closed-cell surface, PVC yoga mats do not absorb moisture and are easy to clean. You can easily use such a yoga mat for 10 years or more. The Kurma Core 6.5 mm mat is an excellent example available in our online store.



This is the cheapest option for yoga mats suitable for various exercises, including yoga, as well as other forms of Pilates and fitness. They are lightweight and recyclable. TPE mats have low toxicity and work against allergens. If you frequently practice the downward-facing dog pose, also known as »Adho Mukha Svanasana,« the mat may slip in this position, especially if you sweat during your yoga practice.



The best grip is provided by yoga mats made from natural rubber, while TPE material offers slightly less grip.



Yoga mat prices range from 20 to 130 euros. If you are committed to regular yoga practice, let the price not be the main factor in choosing the perfect yoga mat. If you cannot afford more expensive options, consider renting mats in yoga studios. When deciding to purchase a yoga mat, it is important to understand that a slightly higher price often brings higher quality and comfort.


Yoga mat maintenance

Maintaining a yoga mat requires care and attention to detail. Recommended steps include:


  • Regular cleaning: Wipe the yoga mat gently with a damp cloth soaked in mild soap after each workout. Avoid using aggressive cleaners or chemicals that could damage the material.


  • Post-workout cleaning: Occasionally use natural air fresheners, such as sprays with essential oils, to maintain the freshness of the yoga mat.


  • Drying the yoga mat: Ensure that the yoga mat is completely dry before rolling or storing it. Air drying is optimal, but avoid direct sunlight, as heat and UV rays can damage the material.


  • Sun avoidance: Do not leave yoga mats directly exposed to sunlight for extended periods to prevent color loss and material damage.


  • Manufacturer's additional instructions: Always follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding specific maintenance, especially if the yoga mat is made of a specific material, such as natural rubber.


  • Use of a yoga towel: For additional protection and hygiene maintenance, consider using a yoga towel on the mat, especially during more sweaty workout sessions.


  • Preventing residues: Before sitting on the yoga mat, check that your shoes, hands, and clothing are free of dirt or residues that could damage the surface. Caring for every aspect of maintenance will ensure the long-lasting freshness and quality of your yoga mat.

Kurma Spezial yoga mats.


In the world of yoga, where we connect with body, mind, and spirit, choosing the right yoga mat becomes crucial. Understanding key factors such as size, color, thickness, material, grip, and price allows us to create the ideal environment for our practice. It is important to realize that a yoga mat is not just a tool for exercise; it becomes our personal space where we can delve into ourselves. Therefore, caring for this indispensable equipment is equally important as caring for our body and mind during yoga practice.

With these simple yet effective maintenance tips, you will preserve the freshness and durability of your yoga mat. Regular cleaning, attention to drying, avoiding strong sunlight, and considering the material's specifics are key steps that will extend the lifespan of your faithful companion on the journey to inner balance.

Remember that purchasing a yoga mat is an investment in your health and well-being. Every comfortable moment on your yoga mat builds a bridge between physical exercise and inner peace. May your yoga practice be filled with comfort, freshness, and inspiration brought by your carefully maintained yoga mat.

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