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Choosing the right size yoga mat is important for your practice.
If you are too small or too large for your mat, it can cause discomfort and disrupt your poses.
Most mats come in a standard size of 68 inches long and 24 inches wide. This size works well for most people up to 6 feet tall or so, although some taller individuals may find this size limiting.
STANDARD SIZE YOGA MAT - 68 inches long x 24 inches wide.
For those over 6 feet tall who want extra length coverage or prefer more space between them and their neighbors during class, there are longer mats that range from 72-80 inches long.
Depending on how wide you are, either a standard or longer mat may work. If the standard size is too narrow for your comfort, look for a wider yoga mat which can be up to 30 inches wide.
Generally thicker mats provide more cushion and support compared to thinner mats.
Consider what level of cushioning you’ll need depending on the type of yoga poses or postures that you do.
For example, if you practice restorative yoga where lying down is a large part of your practice then opt for a thick mat as it will offer better support for your joints.
On the other hand, if you prefer Ashtanga or Bikram style classes then a thin one may suit you better as it gives you more stability and control while transitioning between postures.
Lie down on the mat in various poses and adjust your body until you find the most comfortable position for you. With these tips, you can find the perfect yoga mat for your practice!