What Everybody Ought To Know About Yoga Mats

The yoga newcomer grabs a mat off the stack at the studio. Her yoga journey as such has only begun, and she is not sold on the practice. She might call the whole thing off. The mats at the studio are the same shade of periwinkle as those carried by other class participants. These mats are fine, thinks the yoga newcomer. Didn’t the gym authority figure describe the strict sanitary procedures for cleaning these mats? Nevertheless, the yoga newcomer observes the care the other classmates take with their mats. She watches them tote their mats to and from class and decides this activity is too much of an investment in the practice of yoga for her. She cannot see the point. She is not that woman—the mat-carrier—and nor does she care to be. The yoga newcomer is not the type to gossip, but she suspects the mat-carriers carry the mats so that the others might see them carry their mats, and know they are on their way to yoga.

Several weeks pass. The yoga newcomer is no longer new, and nobody is more surprised than she. Whilst in the corpse pose, a vivid picture presents itself to her of the tens, or hundreds of pairs of bare, sweaty, possibly ringworm-laden feet that stand on the very mat where her not-so-new-to-yoga head now rests. She worries over the feet of multitudes when she should be surrendering all thoughts of her day, casting aside worry, and achieving a quiet neutrality.

The yoga no-longer-newcomer shall buy herself a mat. At a big box store, the yoga no-longer newcomer spies a slice of tell-tale periwinkle mixed in with carabiner clips and hand weights. The price is not bad. Not bad, that is, if you aren’t morally opposed to buying a personal yoga mat. And yet the yoga no-longer-newcomer buys the mat, and brings it along to class, chagrined to have at long last become one of the mat-carriers after all. She is, as it turns out, that woman.

The yoga no-longer-newcomer, assuming her mat troubles are over, skips along to class, mat-in-hand.

Poor yoga no-longer-newcomer! She knows nothing of the hierarchy of mats, the mat break-in period, or the towel-over-mat practice, and soon finds herself slick with sweat, slipping off her mat in the middle of a difficult floor pose. The sweat worries the yoga no-longer-newcomer. She’s distracted—she knows she’s losing her grip. She knows she will fall.

Had the yoga no-longer-newcomer humbled herself in front of one of those mat carriers, she might have learned something. She might have known that, even allowing for a period of time to break-in a mat, some mats maintain better grip than others. One of the mat-carriers might have clued her in to the towel-over-the-mat practice or told her about the rubberized towels that provide extra traction. She might have heard solutions for fixing the mat free of charge.

The yoga newcomer was arrogant. Don’t be like this poor yoga newcomer.

4 Types of Yoga & Which One Should You Try to Match Your Experience Level

There are plenty of yoga types out there but you shouldn’t feel confused by them. You are probably wondering how you can tell the difference between Ashtanga and Anasura yoga. We did our research and put together the following types of yoga, which are among the most popular ones. Hopefully, this will help you on your trip to yoga bliss.

The Most Common Yoga Types to Know About

Let’s take a look at four most common yoga types that you should know about. Some of them are great for beginners.

1. Ashtanga Yoga

This yoga type is built on wise ancient yoga teachings. Still, it wasn’t popular in the Western countries until the 1970s.

During this sequence, one must rigorously follow specific postures. Every pose or movement is linked to a breath. It is quite a demanding practice.

Check out the video below to learn the basic moves if you’re a beginner.

2. Anasura Yoga

Anasura is a more modern type of yoga. It was developed in 1997, by John Friend, an American yogi.

Although it is a relatively new practice in the world of yoga, it has rapidly gained popularity among yoga enthusiasts due to its concept and ideology.

Anasura bases its practice on the belief that all people have an intrinsic goodness. Through Anasura the students learn how to open their hearts and experience grace.

The following video will help you get into Anasura yoga; it is a complete class with Marie Lumholtz, a certified yoga instructor.

3. Iyengar Yoga

This is an incredibly meticulous yoga style. Students are meant to find their body’s proper alignment in each pose of this sequence.

To organize this yoga type, studios use all kind of props such as straps, blocks, chairs, and even bolsters.

Iyengar involves a lot of staying put poses which is quite challenging, to be honest. It is a great option for those who suffer from a chronic condition or injury.

If you’re not already familiar with this type of yoga, take a look at the following introduction video which explains what makes this method so unique.

4. Bikram Yoga

If you choose to do this yoga style to burn calories, rest assured! You will definitely sweat a lot. The class will challenge both your mind and body. An interesting fact is that classes are held in heated rooms.

There are 26 different poses as well as two breathing techniques in this type of yoga.

It lasts 90 minutes and its main purpose is weight loss and flushing toxins.

Maggie Grove is a certified Bikram yoga instructor, check out one of her classes below. Perhaps you will fall in love with this type of yoga.

Types of Yoga That Match Different Experience Levels

No matter what level you are in, during yoga you need to focus on your breathing mostly as well as on your posture and balance. Moreover, all levels and types have the goal of providing a centered peace and calm. The best yoga types for beginners are those that have easier asanas (sequences) such as the already mentioned Iyengar or Ashtanga.

If you’ve already reached the intermediate level, you should definitely try more complex sequences like Bikram. Either way, make sure to start learning yoga with a trained and experienced teacher who will know how to properly correct your body position and breathing technique.

Summing It Up

So, you have finally decided to do yoga but you aren’t really sure what type of yoga to try first? We hope this article will help you make well-informed decisions that will completely change your life for the better.

If you have already experienced one or more of these yoga styles, feel free to share your insights with us, in the comment section. Thanks for reading!