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Longer, Wider, Better?

So in my previous article I’ve stated that sometimes it’s better to buy a bigger and wider mat. So I’ve browsed the web for you guys and looked for some options. I do have to say that it’s not always easy finding the right mat for you and especially when you don’t fit the mainstream picture. Although that I’m dedicating this part to men, I would say that even women who are taller and wider could benefit from a longer and/or wider mat. Here are a few mats that I’ve looked out for you.

Clever Yoga

Among my search, the mat from the company Clever Yoga was one that popped out very quickly already. It’s not that expensive and that’s why I found it very helpful to start with this one. When you look for wider and longer mats you quickly come into a price range of $50 – $100, and that’s not what I wanted to show. However, I am gonna put another one down here as well that is a bit more expensive, just because it is a damn good mat.

But back to the Clever Yoga mat, as I said, not that pricey and that also means that you can’t expect an awful lot of it. It will do for hatha and yin classes, but it might be just too slippery for when you’re doing hot classes. But if you are doing Bikram Yoga, there will be other mats that are more suitable for you.

This mat is 72″ long x 25 1/4″ wide and will be perfect for people that are taller than 6′. It’s also wider which also means that you won’t have your hands on the cold floor anymore when you’re in chaturanga/plank. I’ve always found it horrible to have my hands half on the mat, half on the floor when you’re doing your practice, so that’s one of the main reasons why I would recommend a wider mat.

So that’s it for this mat, I would say it’s gonna be a perfect mat for when you’re more into yin yoga or any calmer styles. There you will have to be in poses for a longer time and that also means that when you are taller or wider, that chances are bigger that you will end up with your feet or your hands on the floor, which will not be such a nice experience if the floor is very cold.

Manduka

The following mat I just adore, the Manduka PRO! And if it weren’t for the price, I would’ve put it on the top and I would’ve recommend it to everyone! Unfortunately it’s priced around $100, which for a beginner might be too much, and I for sure don’t want to advise to buy this one then, just try out another one first that is a bit cheaper to see if yoga is something for you.

For the more advanced practicers amongs us or those who are deepening their practice, this might be a mat for you! It comes in the regular size, but you do have the option for the taller and wider one. With dimensions of 71″L x 26″W and 6mm thick! Because of that thickness it makes that this mat is also very supportive for your body, and your joints will be very grateful! This mat is a very good one if you’re mostly practicing on a hard surface, but will not give you the balance when you’re practicing on a softer one like grass.

And one last thing about this mat, which is quite funny and also something typical for a lot of yoga mats, in the beginning they’re all gonna be a bit slippy, but the good thing is that with a good mat like this one: the more worn out it gets, the less slippier it becomes, which makes it become better after a couple of uses. I would definitely recommend this one when you’re doing all kinds of yoga styles, except maybe for hot yoga. But then again, they have their own range of yoga mats which are more suitable.

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