Travel Yoga Mats

The market for travel yoga mats has definitely grown in last few years, and reading the daily newspapers you could be forgiven for thinking that the World has gone yoga mad! A recent article in the UK Guardian newspaper made note of the fact that the streets of every major city in Europe and the US seem to be filled with healthy looking people carrying their yoga mats to their next class.


We love that yoga is experiencing a 21st century popularity boom, because we know how wonderfully therapeutic yoga can be for the body and spirit and the more people who experience this feeling of health and vitality the better.

With the increase in the uptake of yoga by all sorts of different age groups and nationalities, there has also been big growth in the industries surrounding yoga, the most high profile being that of the the yoga retreat or holiday. These vacations are growing in appeal as yogis take time out to meditate and practice with other like-minded individuals in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, either at home or abroad. Travel yoga mats are thus a growing market.


If you are thinking of going away on retreat, you'll perhaps be thinking about taking a travel yoga mat away with you. So, what should you be looking out for when choosing your travel mat?


Travel Yoga Mats: Size is very important. A travel mat is generally smaller than a regular yoga mat, so it can be easily transported in a suitcase or bag. They don't weigh too much either – there is nothing worse than having to pay for excess baggage at the start of your holiday! Some travel mats will roll up, others are designed to be folded, so you have to think how you will be packing your yoga accessories and if a roll or flat mat would be better for you. You can buy a yoga mat bag for air travel, but I prefer to store my mat inside my suitcase where it is less likely to be lost or damaged. Remember to pack a lightweight a carry case or strap that you can use once you reach your destination.


Once you have decided on the size then all of the other usual considerations have to be taken into account – the thickness, length, type of material, stickiness, etc. One tip I do have is, if you are going to be using a different mat from your regular one then I would suggest trying it out for a few sessions before you travel – then you'll have a better feel for how it performs. You don't want to be taken by surprise when you are hundreds of miles away from home! For example, if you are used to using a sticky mat then you should look at the sticky yoga travel mats. Make sure your mat is not too thin (or thick), but if you do find your lightweight travel mat is too thin, then you can always use a towel under or over it.

Once you have decided on the size then all of the other usual considerations have to be taken into account – the thickness, length, type of material, stickiness, etc. One tip I do have is, if you are going to be using a different mat from your regular one then I would suggest trying it out for a few sessions before you travel – then you'll have a better feel for how it performs. You don't want to be taken by surprise when you are hundreds of miles away from home! For example, if you are used to using a sticky mat then you should look at the sticky yoga travel mats. Make sure your mat is not too thin (or thick), but if you do find your lightweight travel mat is too thin, then you can always use a towel under or over it.