Hi there! I've been wanting to get into yoga for a long time now, but I just don't know where to start. I know there are different forms of yoga, so I guess I'm asking where should I start as a beginner? I'm not flexible at all, but I would like to change that. I would love a yoga that helps me find my inner peace. Also what type of yoga mat should I get? I'm 5'9 so I might need an extra long one. Id also love to have a an Eco-friendly mat, but I'm not sure if those last long? Thanks 4 any help!
Asked by Anonymous
Hi there anon!
Yay you for getting into yoga! What an adventure!
I have tons of info that could be helpful for you on HERE! It’s a lot more detailed than I could get into on a short answer( as much as I’d like to!)
Yoga mats are lots of fun to learn about. The kind of mat you get depends on you and what you want out of it. For hot yoga, I ONLY use “The Mat” by lululemon. While not eco-friendly, it’s stick as nothing else and I LOVE it for very hot classes. I’ve never needed a towel with my lululemon mat. They last forever, come in great colors and have wonderful thickness to cushion joints and bones.They are around 70$
An excellent eco-friendly mat that’s great for most forms of yoga is the Jade mat. Again, they have a nice thickness, and a cool ” open cell technology” which is due to the natural rubber they are made for. BUT this makes them tricky to clean! They come in pretty colors, are bio-degradable and have the perfect amount of stick, but are still flexible enough to give you a little wiggle room. As far as how long they last, it depends on well you take care of it, but most people get a few years of hard practice out of these ones! They are about 77$.
Manduka has a nice eco-friendly mat, that I can’t personally vouch for, but I’ve heard good things. They can be used for hot yoga as well, and though not as sticky as a lululemon, thet last a long time and are well made. However, the eco-friendly ones are quite thin, which may not be fantastic for your first mat. They go for around 75$.
5’9 is a wonderful height that 99.9% of all regular mats will accomodate. My mom is 5’10 and practices on manduka, jade and lulu mats and has never had a problem. My dad is 6’3 and uses a lululemon!
Way to go, love. I would love an update on how your doind, if it ever strikes your fancy to let me know!
Namaste, soul sister!