Q: What should I look for when choosing a yoga mat?

A: When choosing a yoga mat, on top of choosing mats made from natural materials, you should pay attention to the product tags, labels and other identifications. Standard production identifications show the professionalism of the product brands and manufacturers. Once there is skin allergy or any lingering smell, it is easier and faster to find the responsible party.

Q: Can a yoga mat be used long-term? How long is its lifespan?

A: Every yoga mat has its own lifespan.  Different kinds of yoga mats differ in their lifespans.

  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride): 1-2 years
  • TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer): 2-3 years
  • Linen: 2-3 years
  • Natural rubber: About 2 years

Q:  A yoga mat used long term needs to be cleaned.  How often should I clean the yoga mat?

A:  Estimated yoga mat use 2-3 times a week:

  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride): 2 weeks once
  • TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomers): 3 weeks once
  • Linen: 4 weeks once
  • Natural rubber: 2 weeks once 

Q: Can a yoga mat be cleaned? How can it be cleaned?

A: Generally after using the mat, use a soft damp cloth with water to clean it.  However, if you are used to using cleaning products, put a drop of cleaning products into 300 ml of water and clean it once a week.  As the mat has its own antibacterial odour ability, so there is no need to worry too much about it. However, be careful not use any organic cleanser so as not to damage the mat.  After the mat dries, roll it up and store it.

Q: Aside from exposure to the sun, what can be done to maintain the mat?

A: The yoga mat should not be exposed to oil including oil from food.  Hence, other than practising yoga, do not sit on the mat to eat.  Sit at your dinner table for your meal!  In addition, do not use the Scotch tape as this will damage the cushion surface and function of the mat.  Remember!

Q: Can I not use a yoga mat during yoga practice?

A: In theory, if you do some simple stretching exercises, you don’t have to use the mat.  However, for a systematic and safer surrounding for yoga practice, it is necessary for a yoga mat to avoid unnecessary injuries or increase the risk of injury.

Q:  What are the different uses of mats with different sizes?

A: Generally Asian women stand at 175 cm with a shoulder width of 45 cm (173 cm X 61 cm is sufficient), so select a suitable length and width of a mat. Refer to the following for the yoga mat measurement in comparison to the height and size for the best fit.

  • International standard: 610 x 1730 mm (People with 175 cm height and below)
  • Extended dimensions: 610 x 1830 mm (People with 185 cm height and below)
  • Lengthier & Wider: 800 x 1830 mm (For those who need wider requirements)
  • Twin size: 1200 x 1830 mm (Double yoga, partner yoga use)
  • Other sizes:  Yoga mat sizes can be customised according to needs.