It's International Yoga Day! On that note, here are the best yoga mats available to buy in the UK. And a reminder of some essential poses in case you'd forgotten them.
(Adho Mukah Svanasana)
Everyone’s heard of Downward Dog, haven’t they? Even if they don’t know the first thing about yoga. A classic yoga pose requires a classic yoga mat – in black, of course. And this one by No Ka Oi provides both deep cushioning for comfort and a non-slip finish for stability.
Mountain Pose is the foundation of all standing poses, but it can also be used for rest or to improve posture. You don’t need a mountain of a yoga mat to do it, though if you need an excuse to invest in this one by Lululemon: yes, yes you do.
An Alo Yoga Warrior Mat for Warrior I? Is that too obvious? Perhaps, but you'll have plenty of opportunities to be subtle elsewhere throughout your yoga practice.
Warrior II often develops from Warrior I. How convenient, then, that Nike should make a 'Mastery' yoga mat.
Therapeutic for both anxiety and flat feet (amongst other things), an Extended Triangle Pose is worth doing. And what better for it than a triband yoga mat?
Doing Cat-Cow can make even an exhibitionist feel self-conscious, but who cares about looking silly when it provides untold benefits for your spine? In terms of yoga mats, Gaiam's has two printed sides: one for cat and one for cow.
Do you ever want to subside into a state devoid of all responsibilities? There's a yoga pose for that: Child's Pose. And we imagine it's even more relaxing to do on Fable's peach Pro Grip Studio yoga mat.
Don't worry if your Tree Pose is unstable – real trees wobble too. For each mat sold by Yogi Bare, one tree is planted via Hometree. And this one has trees on it – how fitting!
Happy Baby: the cute pose. On a level with Cat-Cow in terms of potentially self-conscious silliness (but significantly less sensual), it is a delight to be in Happy Baby. So much of a delight, in fact, that you probably won't even notice what yoga mat you're on. Although – in general – we'd be proud to practice on this Yogamatters number.
We may or may not be partial to a slogan t-shirt that says 'I ONLY CAME HERE FOR SAVASANA' – the bit of a yoga class where you lay in Corpse Pose and do nothing at all. Sink into it with a muted grey yoga mat from Sweaty Betty.