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YOGA MAT GUIDE

The right yoga mat can make a world of difference to your practice.  However, we know that choosing one can seem a bit daunting with all the choices available. We’re here to help with our yoga mat guide.

Leitfaden Yogamatten

Die richtige Yogamatte, die perfekt zu dir passt, kann beim Training einen Riesenunterschied machen. Wie wissen jedoch, dass die Wahl schwierig sein kann aufgrund der vielen verschiedenen Varianten. Darum möchten wir dir die Wahl mit diesem Leitfaden erleichte

 

BEST IN TEST - december 2021

Independet international test center ICRG has in December 2021 tested different top mats on longevity, capacity, grip, moisture absorption, cushioning and dangerous materials. Through different scientific tests and a test panel, our Grip & Cushion yoga mat was rewarded with BEST IN TEST. But they also named our bestseller Position yoga mat as number three and BEST BUY!

BEST IN TEST

GRIP & CUSHION

A high-performance mat with excellent grip, density and firmness. Any water or sweat will gradually absorb into the mat to provide the best possible grip and a slip-free surface.
Oh, and we added a 2mm lightweight, foldable version with the same grip that you can bring anywhere – Grippy yoga mat!

 

HOW TO CHOOSE YOGA MAT

1. HOW THICK SHOULD A YOGA MAT BE?

Our yoga mats range from 2mm all the way up to 7mm. Even our thinnest yoga mats are well-cushioned and comfortable for exercises performed when lying down. We love the thickness of our 7mm TPE exercise mat for floor exercises, and for standing poses, a mat that has good density, such as our Cork Yoga Mat will provide the most stability.

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2. CHOOSE A YOGA MAT WITH GREAT GRIP

Unlike a basic exercise mat, good grip is essential for a yoga mat. The grip allows you to get deeper into complex standing poses and feel secure – this is why we practice yoga on a mat and not on the floor.

Superior grip is especially important under wet conditions, such as a hot yoga class; we recommend our Yoga Mat Grip & Cushion.

2. WHAT MATERIAL ARE OUR MATS MADE OF?

We choose to make our yoga mats out of the materials we know not only perform the best, but are also friendlier to the environment.

 

Bamboo - Bamboo is a natural and sustainable material. It doesn’t just look good – it is good. Product is made from a wide range of renewable biobased feedstock including bamboo, rice husks, straw, wood and agricultural waste, which are not eligible for food or feed production. And produced in such a way as to minimize the negative impact on the planet. We think that’s pretty cool.

 

Natural cork – Our cork is sustainably produced in Portugal. Cork offer a natural and nice touch, the grip gets better when the material is damp. Another great quality with cork is that it will wear organically over time.

Our cork is 100% sustainably produced from the bark of Cork Oak trees in Portugal. It is an all-natural raw material, with unparalleled character. It is completely biodegradable, renewable and recyclable. Harvesting the cork is carried out meticulously by hand. The trees do not have to be cut down. In fact, the cork oak undergoes a self-regeneration process meaning cork harvesting is a uniquely sustainable process. The cork we choose from Portugal guarantees that high standards also exist for the workers. Cork workers in Portugal are the highest paid agricultural workers in the world due to the level of expertise necessary to harvest the cork without damaging this precious resource.

 

PVC - is short for Polyvinyl chloride. It's a synthetic material that comes from the polymerization of vinyl chloride. PVC plastic is the second most used plastic in the world today. It can be found in industrial products, rain coats, shower curtains, and yoga mats to mention a few.

PVC's most important quality is longevity, doesn't wear easily and resistant to weather and wind. Moreover it doesn't demand much maintenance and is lightweight. The plastic can also easily be shaped and coloured. In it's true form the PVC plastic is lightweight and stiff but it can also be produced in a flexible "plasticized" form. It is that process, if mishandled, that can be hazardous for people and the planet. Casall has though our 30 years experience and relationships with our supplier secured a controlled deleopment process and can guarantee that the plasticizers that we add are free from phthalates in our yoga mats.

 

TPE – TPE is a non-toxic and recyclable material. It’s PVC-free, and contains no phthalates.

TPE is short for thermoplastic elastomer that is based on SEBS (Styrene Ethylene Butylene Styrene). It is somtimes called thermoplastic rubber, that is because TPE has the same qualities and performance as rubber and are therefore handled in the same manner as plastics, so can be recycled. TPE has an elastic qualities and are therefore a soft, light and flexible material. You need les energy to produce TPE, it is easy to colour and is stable through the development process which eliminates unneccessary waste. Since TPE is lightweight and have great cushioning and grip qualities it is a great material choice for yoga mats.

4. CHOOSE YOGA MAT BY ACTIVITY

At home or at the yoga studio - We believe that everyone should have their own yoga mat, whether at home at a yoga studio. If you’re taking your own mat to the yoga studio, consider the weight of the mat. A lightweight mat such as our Grippy yoga mat is perfect for yoga on the go. 

 

Yin yoga - choose a soft mat that is comfortable to lay down on. This is a slow yoga form where you hold your poses for a long time, therefore it is important to go for a softer mat with great cushioning. We recommend Cork yoga mat, Exercise mat 7mm or our warm Wool yoga mat. 

 

Ashtanga yoga - this is a very challenging yoga form where you repeat your flows again and again until you have them. It is important with a quality mat that will be there for you through all exercises. Go for our superior grip mat - Grip & Cushion! 

 

Bikram | Hot yoga - For hot yoga, choose a mat with good grip when wet. Our Grip Cushion Yoga Mat offers superior traction in hot conditions as liquids are absorbed into the mat.

 

Pilates / floor exercises - Pilates and other floor exercises require a thicker mat. The Casall Exercise Mat provides 7mm of cushioning, which is perfect for this type of training. Similarly, our Cork Yoga Mat is 5mm thick, and offers firm support for floor exercises.

CORK | BAMBOO | WOOL

SUSTAINABLE CHOICE

Cork – only natural materials used, natural rubber and the cork is sustainably produced in Portugal.

Bamboo - made from 25% Bamboo and Rice husks, the production of this mat uses up to 50% renewable energy sources.

Wool - top layer 100% Wool certified Woolmark.

NEW IN - MULTIFUNCTIONAL

ECO MAT

Yoga mat made from 30% recycled TPE material. The unique design enables the mat to be folded up to 12 times, for a variety of use options. Fold it for extra knee support, adjust the length or use it as a balance mat. Easy to store and bring everywhere.

 

BEST BUY - december 2021

Our bestseller Position yoga mat was also rewarded BEST BUY of independent international test center ICRG in their december yoga mat test. We can only agree - this is a great mat at a even better price!

BEST SELLER

POSITION

This is a must-have yoga mat which is ideal to use at home, at the gym or when travelling. The mat is well-cushioned and has good traction to help you through the most challenging poses in the most comfortable way.

 

WORK OUT AT HOME

It all starts on the mat! With a great exercise you easily get your work out done at home. Below mats are perfect for training or stretching - make sure to choose a thicker mat if you are planning floor exercises - for great cushioning and support.