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If you're about to get started with some yoga classes, realizing the differences between a yoga mat and a pilates mat will be important so that you can make the correct selection as you go about your shopping. Some people have strong preferences for one over the other, so by taking the time to realize the ways they differ, you can feel confident you are making the smart choice. Let's have a look at what you need to know.  
 
Yoga Mat  
When doing yoga classes or watching yoga online, you are going to be doing a series of poses, moving the body around the mat as you transition from pose to pose. In addition to this, you will often be bending into positions that require balancing on your hands and feet, so you'll need to have a surface area to work on that provides greater overall traction.yoga_pose This is precisely how yoga mats are developed. They are a more sticky variation of the mat, which will help you maintain good grip ensuring you don't slip as you move into each new position that you execute as you go about the session. If you use a mat that has poor traction, you're going to find it's much more challenging to complete each exercise and not only that, you may also put yourself at a much greater risk of injury as well. If you slide into a poor position in one of your poses, this could instantly put great strain on your spinal column and could cause serious lower back pain to develop as a result. Yoga mats are typically composed out of latex, bamboo, cotton, or rubber and can range in thicknesses from 3 to 6 mm.  
 
Pilates Mat  
A Pilates mat, on the other hand, doesn't need to have nearly the degree of "stickiness" as the yoga mat does as you will be lying on your back for the most part throughout the class. Pilates mats are going to typically be a lot thicker than a yoga mat due to the fact you are lying on it the entire session and will want that thickness there for greater comfort. Pilates mats are typically made from rubber or foam so that's another key difference that distinguishes them from the yoga mat. Furthermore, pilates mats may be slightly larger in overall size as well since the body will be stretched out at times while doing your session, this is often not the case with yoga. The pilates mat, while thicker, must also be quite firm so that you are able to sustain balance during the training session.  
 
So there you have the key differences between a yoga mat and a pilates mat. By taking thickness, stickiness, size, as well as mat material into account while looking at a few of the mat variations available you can ensure that you are making a wise decision as you select one.  
 
I have absolutely fallen in love with the Aurorae Northern Lights Yoga Mat. Not only are the colors beautifully done to give a simple, yet "different" look to the mat, but this mat is also extra long measuring 72" x 24" Wide and 5 mm Thick to absorb impact on joints/ No Odor, Durable and Long Lasting. While the colors may be the same, no two are exactly alike. The mat is made out of foam, but it is very soft and comfortable. While it is meant for yoga, I actually ALSO double its use for my 8.5-month-old son. We have tile floors in our house, and while not thick like a regular child play mat, it`s a bit of cushion makes all the difference for our active little man who likes to just be able to sit and play. Basically, we use it as a little protective layering for him as well. Keep in mind that`s not it`s intended use - just a creative use we thought of. As far as quality the mat is very well made and durable. Because it has the right amount of stickiness you won`t find yourself slipping and sliding, but it doesn`t stick to you like a sticker either. It`s just the right balance. I`m definitely impressed and can honestly recommend this mat.  
 
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