There are a number of factors involved in selecting a yoga mat. The first is price. You can spend anything from about 20 dollars (actually I have seen economy mats where you can get to under 10 dollars a mat if you are buying a minimum number of mats) to over 100 dollars. How much you decide to spend will depend on how important various of the other factors are for you.
A while back I mentioned that I felt it was good, if at all possible, for someone who does yoga to have a mat. Several conversations in class lately have brought to my mind that it might be helpful for me to give a little background, and purchasing and care tips for yoga mats.
Eating healthy and training hard at the gym can go to waste if you're not managing your stress. Stress causes the hormone cortisol to be released which can cause increased abdominal fat, elevated blood pressure, decreased immune system and blood sugar imbalance. Try attending a yoga class or tai chi, mediation and being in nature.
Back in the early 1990s I was taking a graduate class in exercise science and during a part of the class covering cardiac rehab I made a site visit to a rehab center at a hospital. While talking with the nurse who was showing me around the conversation turned to someone whose research I had recently read, and whose work impressed me deeply. She mentioned that in years past she had worked at a hospital where he was on staff and that a number of the staff, her included, had thought he was rather nuts. But, she added, it turned out he was right.
My very first half marathon is in October, it's happening... I already paid for it! I've been following a training plan for my running, and have been doing pretty well. I've built up to 10 miles for my long runs. The shorter runs have been mainly on the treadmill due to the August heat, but that heat wave broke and the weather has been much more conducive to running outside. I will be making sure to keep the hills in my planning so once a week I go visit my parent's house to "borrow" their hills (my current location is pretty flat...
I often find it funny when my clients give me the double take because I've told them to take a "rest" day. Or when my Mommy Recess clients, give a big exhale of relief at the end of class when I tell them to take a moment for themselves and just breathe.