Do two millimeters make a difference when it comes to yoga mats? Standard yoga mats have a thickness of 4mm but they can also come in thicker varieties. Others prefer mats that are 2mm or thinner. The right yoga mat thickness depends on the type of yoga you practice, your physical health, and your lifestyle.
In general, standard 4mm yoga mats are good for most yoga styles. Yoga mats of 2mm are common for those who need to carry around their mat and for yoga practitioners who wish to travel with their mat in hand.
Factors to consider when choosing the yoga mat thickness that’s right for you are the type of yoga classes and asana you like to practice, your age and joint health, and if you mainly practice at home or take your mat to a yoga studio.
Thicker mats will provide more cushion during your practice. The trade-off is you might not feel as solid of a connection with the ground.
What Yoga Style Do You Practice?
If you do a lot of standing poses in your yoga practice, a thinner 2mm mat, which will allow you to have more stability, may be a good option.
Too much cushion when you are practicing poses like Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2) may cause you to slip. Also, a solid floor is more ideal for balancing poses like Vriksasana (Tree Pose).
If you practice restorative yoga, which is mainly composed of different versions of Savasana (Corpse Pose), or Yin Yoga, where asana are held for three minutes or more, you may want to invest in a thicker mat for more cushion between you and the hard floor.
Yoga practitioners who enjoy dynamic Vinyasa Yoga styles may also benefit from the 4mm thick mats because they provide a balance of cushion without losing the connection to the ground.
Cork Space Yoga Mats Compared
|Cork Space (4mm)||(2mm)|
|More Padding & Protection||Direct & Minimalist Feel|
|Weighty – Studio & Home||Lighter – Portable & Travel|
|183cm x 61cm||183cm x 61cm|
|4mm rubber + 0.5mm cork||2mm rubber + 0.5mm cork|
|2.6kg||1.55kg (50% Lighter)|
|Protective Practice||Active Yoga Practice i.e Vinyasa|
You can view both mats here.
How Are Your Joints?
Assess your physical health, especially if you are an older yoga practitioner. You may have joint issues, especially around your knees, hips, and back, which need special attention and care.
Yoga mats that are 4mm or thicker will not only be more comfortable but healthy for your yoga practice so you can be mindful and not make any joint and body issues get worse.
Yoga practitioners of all ages and body types should consider their personal comfort tolerance when choosing what yoga mat thickness is right.
Even young and able-bodied, advanced yoga practitioners will benefit from extra cushioning in their knees when practicing poses like Ustrasana (Camel Pose) or when practicing repetitive Low Lunges in a Vinyasa class.
Your yoga mat should not only be comfortable, but also help keep your body in good shape and not make any existing or past physical injuries flare up.
Are You A Yogi-on-the-go?
Yoga mats that are 2mm or thinner were made to be lighter and more portable. So you can easily roll or fold up your mat into a bag which you can bring to the office then to the yoga studio before going home.
If you like to travel a lot, a thin yoga mat is also ideal to keep easily in your suitcase or even in your carry-on luggage.
In general, thicker mats of 4mm or more are heavier and harder to fold, so they are not as portable or travel-friendly as thin mats.
Also, look at the floors of the yoga studio where you like to practice. If your home or studio has a nice soft floor, you can place your 2mm yoga mat down and still feel comfortable when you lay on it.
But if your go-to yoga shala or gym has hard floors, you may want to get yourself a 4mm mat or thicker so you won’t leave yoga class all bruised and sore from not having enough cushion.
When Not In Use
One more factor to consider when choosing the right yoga mat thickness is how much storage space you have.
A thin mat can be folded and tucked away neatly into any shoebox apartment or mobile home, while a thicker rolled up mat might not be as convenient to stow away when not in use.
Two millimeters doesn’t seem like much, but any bit of extra cushioning can make some asana more comfortable, but may also make other asana more difficult, especially for standing and balancing asana.
Choose a yoga mat that is 4mm thick or more if you practice dynamic Vinyasa classes, or if you enjoy restorative and Yin yoga styles where your body will be more comfortable and safe with the extra cushioning.
If you need to travel often with your mat or practice more standing poses, yoga mats with a thickness of 2mm or less may be more practical for you.