In search of a good yoga mat

rubber mat
When practicing yoga, the most important element is a good mat. There are cheaper, more expensive mats made of PVC, rubber ... you can really get lost in it all. I asked you for help on Instagram (click), because I didn't know what thickness to choose. Today I come to help choosing a good yoga mat, because it is not as easy as it seems.
When I started my apprenticeship I did not think too much about the mat and chose the first better one in the store, which was described as "yoga mat". It was a mistake, or rather money spent for nothing. Already in the first class, when I proudly walked with my yoga mat in my hand, it turned out that she was hopeless. Unfortunately, when buying I did not check whether it is non-slip.
I stopped going to group classes, but I still practice yoga at home. It is a great form of relaxation for me, as well as a way to keep figure and feel good. It does not matter if you practice yoga at home or in group classes - you need to have a good mat on which you will feel stable.

A good mat is the basis of yoga practice. Thanks to it, we will avoid the risk of injury while performing asanas.

I started looking and browsing the internet until I finally decided to buy a rubber mat
YOGA MAT Eco Pro 4,0mm, 185cm x 60cm , which allows me to remain stable even on hot days. The mat on both sides has the same good grip.
The mat is suitable for relaxing yoga, in the case of dynamic yoga practice you have to choose a different model. The Yoga Mat Eco Pro mat is made of 100% natural rubber. It is free of chemicals and allergens. Its structure ensures excellent adhesion even in the case of excessive sweating of hands or feet.
The only thing that can annoy at the beginning is the fact that everything sticks to the mat. This is not surprising in the case of ecological mats, for which no means to prevent static electricity were used. Fortunately, after each washing the mat this phenomenon decreases.
A good mat is a purchase for years, so you should add and buy a mat that is of good quality. You can read about how to start practicing yoga here.

How to start practicing yoga?

Several girls asked me about yoga. Why yoga and not running now. You also asked if I am afraid to practice yoga at home or if I would not prefer to go to group classes. I would like to answer all these questions today.
yoga for beginners
My adventure with yoga began a few years ago. Huge backache, caused by office work, as well as stress of everyday life forced me to look for help. I started to search, search, read, and finally decided: yoga or Pilates. In the end, however, the choice fell on yoga, because it seemed to me to be more relaxing. As a result, I never went to pilates, but I still have everything ahead of me.
After entering Google, the password "yoga Gdańsk" came up with several suggestions, I was looking for something at a convenient time, hours, and also for beginners. The price was not too high, because it was (from what I remember) PLN 25. for 1,5 h. I contacted the instructor and went to class. I also managed to persuade my sister P., which was actually not a good idea, because for half the class we laughed at how much we suck :)))
The group was small, because they had 5-7 people, but for me it was enough.
A. after some time she gave up, and I continued to attend classes. After some time, the deadline changed, and with it the hours. It didn't suit me at all, so I started looking for something else.
How did I feel after class? Don Bosco ... admittedly soreness appeared in the least expected places (the fact that after yoga you discover muscles you had no idea is not a myth at all!), But it gave me a lot of motivation. Anyway, after each class I felt that I was more flexible and above all calmer.
After a break of several months, I signed up for a beginner course. It was something completely different, because it was a yoga school where the groups were much larger. The classes were wonderful. Sometimes tiring, but going out felt great joy from visible and those less visible effects.
The course was over and I didn't sign up for further classes because the price of one entry was higher than during the course. Despite the student discount, I stated that I was just sorry for the money.
Today I practice regularly at home with Ania Brzegowa I am very pleased.
At the beginning of my yoga adventure, I recommend signing up for group classes. In such classes, the instructor can improve your posture, which you will automatically correct yourself over time. This is very important because you can hurt yourself by doing incorrectly asanas or leaving your position badly.
Over time, you can easily exercise alone at home as a supplement or replacement for classes.