The tree is the most famous yoga pose whose name refers to nature. But there is also the mountain, the lotus flower, the eagle and the cobra, among many others.
Evocations of the natural environment have been constant for thousands of years in the practice of yoga and could be attributed to the fact that images of nature are simple and that everyone knows them and can relate to them. However, this attribution could remain superficial, in reality the relationship between yoga and nature is deeper.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means union, the union of body and mind, the union of human being and his environment, the union of person and universe.
Traditionally, yoga has alerted us to the interdependence of humanity and nature. Just making people aware of their breathing is one way of relating them to their own nature and environment. In a way, yoga has always had an ecological dimension, but in modern life it is ignored when you think of it as nothing more than physical exercise.
Yoga is much more than that, it is a discipline that helps change the lifestyle of those who practice it and its benefits transcend the body and the health of the person, reaching their environment. Additionally, yoga can help protect this environment and fight climate change that threatens the planet.
Green yoga with good accessories
According to some yoga teachers, the two most important things you need to do in yoga are your body and mind, but if you add a good yoga mat to it, you will be more comfortable.
If you are practicing in a yoga room, it is recommended that you have your own yoga mat. First because it is more hygienic and second because you practice better with an accessory that is right for you, because you have chosen and tested it yourself.
In recent years, new materials for yoga mats have emerged such as cork and natural rubber. If you've only been practicing yoga for a short time, you might feel a bit lost when choosing your yoga mat.
The criteria for choosing your yoga mat
The thickness of the yoga mat
It varies depending on the use for which it is intended. The 1.5 to 2 mm mats are intended for travel, as they do not take up much space in a suitcase. But it is not recommended for regular practice. The standard thickness of a yoga mat is 3-4mm. There are 5mm mats, this is a thickness more suitable for dynamic yoga which includes vinyasas and jumps, they cushion the jumps.
The texture of the yoga mat
Texture is the feel of the material, it can be more or less rough, smooth, or with a texture created in the material, but the important thing is that it is non-slip.
Avoid foam mats, if your hand pressure leaves a mark on the mat, it is lacking in density and it is a mat suitable for gymnastics, pilates and exercises stretching. But not yoga.
Non-slip yoga mat
This is the most important criterion for your comfort. Having unstable feet or hands when in position can be uncomfortable or dangerous as it will be more difficult for you to hold the position.
The measurements of your carpet
The standard rug is approximately 175 x 60cm, and its width is usually 60-65cm, but new, larger sizes have appeared recently.
You don't have to choose a large mat, it weighs more and takes up more space, but it will depend on your yoga practice. If you do dynamic yoga orashtanga yoga, this can be helpful, but the most important thing is to be able to adapt by stretching.
The weight of the yoga mat
The weight varies depending on the material. Now that we have to bring our personal mat to train indoors, this is an important criterion. This is because carrying a 3 kg XL mat on a shoulder strap can affect your footprint and / or your back.