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I resisted buying a yoga mat for years when they first came on the market. They looked like giant plasters and I looked down at these new pieces of kit and preferred my comfortable and comfort blanket. As soon as I was introduced to the delights of down dog on a mat, I was reminded that change is good and I didn't need to slide around on my blanket any more with my hips desperately holding on in case i slid into the splits - so my warning system told my nervous system lit was safe to relax.
Now I use two extra thick 6mm yoga mats and use them to make a large cross and here's 8 reasons why!
- You can spread my arms out to the sides horizontally one way, and have your spine vertically the other way - especially good to occupy some space on cold floors
- when you're on your hands and knees, your precious knees have double protection where it crosses in the centre. Over the years as a student, a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, I have learnt that my knees are not worth grinding into the floor and I'm going to look after them as best I can!
- Teachers can demonstrate postures without having to turn the mat sideways
- You can fold 6mm mats to make a lovely shelf for shoulderstand to make space for the neck and spine
- You can fold 6mm mats to make a soft landing pad for the crown of the head in headstand - stay longer!
- Fold and roll up one of the mats into a flat cushioned bolster for backbends - to open the thoracic spine just enough!
- Fold one mat to make a platform for sitting and allow the hips to open and knees to drop
- I'm sure there's lots more so if you've got your way with mats, please share!