Contemporary, Western yoga mats come in three flavors: PVC, TPE, and natural rubber. (Ok, there are a few other flavors out there, but these are the most common.) Material is one big deciding factor in picking a yoga mat, but there are others: durability, traction, cost, and weight, to name just a few. I wanted to get all the variables down in a way that was easy to read and compare, so I'm very excited about my new yoga mat comparison chart.
I compared ten attributes of four different mats: the Jade Harmony, the Manduka Black Mat PRO, the Kulae tpECOmat, and Gaiam's Yoga Essentials Mat. Now it's easy to see which mat is best for travel, which is best for tall people, and which will last the longest.
Not sure about buying your own mat? Let me assure you it is much more hygienic and cost-effective than renting one at the yoga studio. Here's all you need to know about acquiring and caring for your mat.
Once upon a time, many years ago, I was not a fan of pigeon pose. Then I got pregnant and it became the best thing in the world to me. Yoga during pregnancy is like that. As your body changes, each pose feels completely different, some better and some worse than before. I'm glad to say that my affection for pigeon has stayed. If this pose is tough for you, try moving your front foot closer to your hip. If you want more of a challenge, edge toward bringing your shin parallel with the front of your mat.