The quality of your yoga mat is key to your performance. Whether you’re a yoga expert, or completely new to the discipline, every yogi needs a mat to best support their practice. With a plethora of yoga mats available, it can feel like an overwhelming task to choose the right one for you, so we have written this article. Keep reading to find out 4 compelling reasons why a vegan suede yoga mat is the best choice on the market.
1 - Durability
Vegan suede yoga mats are made to last. Whilst the spongy PU materials used in many fitness mats can tear and shred easily with wear, vegan suede is tough and hard-wearing. Boasting both longevity and reliability, this makes them an excellent investment for each and every yogi. Vegan suede mats are easy to maintain too. If they require cleaning, they can be simply hand washed and hung to dry.
What is more, as a result of its durability, vegan suede is the ideal canvas for long-lasting designs. The designs printed on the plastic-based materials of most yoga mats can fade or peel away with use, leaving you with a worn-out mat that looks as though it needs replacing. By comparison, vegan suede mats can be stained with natural dyes to create bold and exciting designs which last. This dyeing technique ensures that vegan suede yoga mats retain the vibrancy of their colours and the clarity of their designs, meaning that you can enjoy them for years to come.
2 - Stability
Most regular yoga mats on the market are made of waxy, plastic materials. When wet, this material becomes slippery and can cause the mat to move, or ripple beneath you. This creates an unstable foundation and can hinder your performance. Unlike this, vegan suede yoga mats have a built-in mechanism to enhance grip when the material encounters moisture. When wet, vegan suede activates an anti-slip function. This anchors you to your base, even in the most difficult of yoga poses.
The moisture-activated feature creates a non-slip, sweatproof and absorbent surface. This makes vegan suede mats an excellent choice for hot yoga and removes the need to bring a towel along with you to your class. However, don’t worry if hot yoga isn’t your thing. The anti-slip grip can also be activated by simply spritzing or splashing the surface of your mat with a little water. So, whatever your preferred yoga class, vegan suede mats have the versatile technology to suit you.
3 - Comfort
Many yoga poses entail close contact with your mat and placing lots of weight on the floor beneath you. As a result, a comfortable yoga mat is a key to ensuring that you can perform to your best ability.
Every yogi will know the discomfort of feeling the hard floor through your mat. This is because the material structure of regular yoga mats tends to be sponge-like, squashing down to a thin layer when weight is placed on it. As a result, they lack the firmness and substantial density required to create a supportive base for yogis, leading to unnecessary pain during your practice. This can often reduce the amount of time you can spend in each pose. What is more, the PVC material of most yoga mats feels sticky against the skin, which can irritate your practice.
Vegan suede yoga mats, by comparison, create both comfort and stability. The combination of the vegan suede with a natural rubber base layer provides the user with both a soft surface and a base that aids steadiness and balance by promoting the maintenance of strong contact with the floor. This double-layered approach is also more comfortable, as the rubber base is firm enough to retain its density, even when weight or pressure is placed on it. It creates a substantial layer between you and the floor, cushioning any pressure points throughout your practice.
4 - Eco-Friendly
Did you know that many yoga mats on the market are made of materials containing plastics and chemicals? Not only can these be harmful to you, but they are also very damaging to the planet. From their production through to their disposal, most yoga mats which are made from plastic materials such as PVC will release countless hazardous, even toxic, chemicals. What is more, these mats cannot be recycled and do not biodegrade, meaning that they’ll be hanging around in landfill sites for thousands of years after they have been discarded.
In an age where we’re all looking for ways to live more sustainably, why not include your yoga mat in this? Vegan suede yoga mats are far kinder than their plastic counterparts to the planet. From the microfiber suede to the natural rubber base, they are completely free of toxins and phthalates and consist exclusively of recyclable and biodegradable materials. So, invest in a product that both you and your planet will thank you for.
So, have we persuaded you to make the switch to a vegan suede yoga mat? Head over to our products page to browse our range of unique designs.