I think an explanation as to why I invested the yoga mat would be helpful for you in making these decisions for yourself.
As I started going to yoga more frequently, I knew I would enjoy the experience so much more if I had a quality mat. So I threw down $69 without hestitation.
I might have passed and continued to borrow mats from the studio if I didn’t wear wear spin shoes when I ride instead of running shoes.
Over a decade a go, I bought my first pair of spin shoes reluctantly. I was spinning 3 times a week, and everyone insisted my ride would improve if I was able to clip into the pedals. After only a few minutes wearing the shoes, I could tell a BIG difference. The sturdy shoes with clips allowed me to:
- Feel connected to the bike
- Create a full circle pushing and pulling on the pedal
- Increase my speed
- Push more weight
- Use my energy more efficiently
- Move forwards and backwards with more confidence and power
- Raise and lower myself to and from the saddle gracefully
- Decrease the tension on my knees
Now I refuse to spin without them! Click here for my very simple advice on buying spin shoes.
Likewise, the Lululemon yoga mat with its latex top has greatly improved my practice. Because it’s sticky, I:
- Don’t slip when I sweat
- Attempt more challenging poses without fear of slipping
- Don’t have to bring a towel
I’m sure there are more benefits and I look forward to discovering them.
Here’s the best part about fitness accessories – THEY LAST FOREVER! I’ve had my current pair of spin shoes for 5 years. That number would be double if I hadn’t misplaced the first pair. The mat will last for years as well. Other equipment that won’t expire: hand weights, a bosu ball, and TRX bands.
So if you’re serious about your practices and want to grow your experience beyond the basics, I highly recommend investing in quality products to support it.