Buy the right yoga mat according to your physical activity

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Travel yoga mat. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

From increased balance and flexibility to stronger, more toned muscles, the daily practice of yoga offers a wide range of benefits. Especially in a fast-paced world, yoga helps relieve stress and improves mental health.

There are also many types of yoga, such as beginner-friendly Hatha Yoga, intensive Kundalini Yoga, meditative Yin Yoga, and relaxing Restorative Yoga. Depending on the type of yoga you practice, the ideal yoga mat differs. Things to consider include the thickness and material of the yoga mat.

DYNAMIC YOGA

For faster yoga like Ashtanga Yoga, Lyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and Hot Yoga, you will need a yoga mat that provides more stability and grip. Your ideal yoga mat should have good grip and be around three to five millimeters thick.

Yoga Mat Grip + 5mm Kimjaly – Burgundy — also available in grey, purple, navy

S$60 at Decathlon

Yoga Mat Grip + 5mm Kimjaly - Burgundy.  (Photo: Decathlon SG)

Yoga Mat Grip + 5mm Kimjaly – Burgundy. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

4mm Organic Jute and Natural Rubber Yoga Mat

S$60 at Decathlon

4mm organic jute and natural rubber yoga mat.  (Photo: Decathlon SG)

4mm organic jute and natural rubber yoga mat. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

3mm Grip+ Yoga Mat – Black — also available in beige, green, khaki

S$50 at Decathlon

3mm Grip+ Yoga Mat - Black.  (Photo: Decathlon SG)

3mm Grip+ Yoga Mat – Black. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

GENTLE YOGA

For more comfortable and relaxing yoga like Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Nidra Yoga, you should get a thicker yoga mat (five to eight millimeters). The thickness will cushion the impact between your body and the ground. It gives your body more protection as you hold the poses longer.

5mm Light Yoga Mat – Pink — also available in grey, blue

S$30 at Decathlon

5mm Light Yoga Mat - Pink.  (Photo: Decathlon SG)

5mm Light Yoga Mat – Pink. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

XL 5mm Kimjaly Yoga Mat – Green — also available in blue

S$32 at Decathlon

Kimjaly XL 5mm Yoga Mat - Green.  (Photo: Decathlon SG)

Kimjaly XL 5mm Yoga Mat – Green. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

8mm Comfort Yoga Mat – Dark Blue Palm — also available in burgundy, turquoise, jungle blue, leaf green

S$30 at Decathlon

8mm Comfort Yoga Mat - Dark Blue Palm.  (Photo: Decathlon SG)

8mm Comfort Yoga Mat – Dark Blue Palm. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

FOR TRAVELING

If you like to practice yoga abroad, you will need a lightweight and very portable yoga mat that is about one and a half millimeters thick. Or if you’re not particular, you can even explore using a yoga towel as an alternative.

TRAVEL YOGA MAT 1.3 MM – GRAY

S$45 at Decathlon

1.5mm Travel Yoga Mat - Grey.  (Photo: Decathlon SG)

1.5mm Travel Yoga Mat – Grey. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

Non-Slip Yoga Towel – Mountain Print — also available in grey/blue, gray

S$35 at Decathlon

Non-slip yoga towel - Mountain print.  (Photo: Decathlon SG)

Non-slip yoga towel – Mountain print. (Photo: Decathlon SG)

Also get these items:

Manduka yoga spray for S$19.90 Manduka yoga carry bag, now 28% off Exercise band for S$10 Alo Yoga Men’s sale Alo Yoga Women’s Sale

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