Yoga supply stores are now offering yoga mats in all different materials, colors, lengths, and thicknesses. These yoga supply stores can be found online, in the yellow pages, or even through a mail order catalog. Many great deals can be found if you are willing to shop around. Some online companies even offer to create your own personalized mat. While not everyone is in need of a multitude of yoga supplies, there are a few things you need to remember when using your yoga mats or another type of yoga supply.

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Safety should be your number one concern when you are looking for yoga mats.

Yoga mats are often called sticky mats because of the need for the yoga mats to stay put on the floor. You don't need one of the yoga mats slipping while you are in the middle of an inverted yoga pose. Check the label to see which type of floor the mat works best with.

Yoga mats can be made from rubber, latex, and cotton, just to name a few. If you are allergic to latex, then one of the latex yoga mats is probably not for you. If you practice hot yoga, consider one of the yoga mats that you can throw in the washer for cleaning. If a washable mat is what you are looking for, you may also consider a rubber one that can be washed off quickly and dries fast.

Yoga supply stores will carry several sizes of yoga mats. They can range from 65 inches to 74 inches in length. The width of the yoga mats is usually universal. There are also several thicknesses available, depending upon your skill level of yoga. Supply your body with the right equipment to keep you from getting injured during yoga. The thicker the mat the more difficult it will be to maintain balance. However, if you are doing restorative or beginning yoga, you may want something thicker since you will be on the floor.

When you go to a yoga supply store instead of buying online, you will be able to speak with a salesperson about the yoga mats and any other yoga supply offered. A yoga supply store is also a great way to feel the yoga mat's thickness and see the length. You will also be able to feel the different materials used to create yoga mats and figure out which one is best for you. If the store doesn't have exactly what you are looking for, don't be afraid to ask if they can order a certain yoga supply.

The yoga supply stores also have many other things you may be interested in, such as yoga bags, yoga balls, bricks, videos and other training supplies. However, your yoga mat is your most important purchase on the road to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Take your time, and consider your options, when you are in the downward dog position you may be looking at your mat for a long time.