Avoid slips during your most impressive poses with a sturdy, cushioned mat
As the base of any practice (and the item you put your faith in as you try out those trickier poses), a decent mat is the most important accessory for any yogi – and getting it right is crucial.
There are lots of things to consider when buying a new mat, from size to “stickiness”. Grip is the key word and while most yoga mats promise it, it can be a mixed bag in terms of how much they actually prevent slipping.
If you’re a beginner, we would recommend also finding a mat that has enough padding for you to feel confident about trying new poses and ultimately not ending up with bruised knees.
If you frequently practice or are a particularly busy yogi, you may want to also consider some additional measures. Weight can be a particularly important, especially if you’re lugging the mat to a studio three times a week, while if you want to introduce something a little different to your practice, there’s linen and cork mats to try.