The flooring you choose to practice on has a huge impact on your yoga studio or home gym space. It determines how the space looks and feels. It also impacts the type of “yoga experience” you have in terms of comfort, stability, and the complexity of the poses you can try.
Of the many yoga flooring options available on the market today, one that has seen a steady rise is foam yoga tiles, and for good reason. Foam is an excellent material for yoga studios and home gyms where practicing yoga is common. Why? It’s because the material has a few intrinsic qualities that make it the ideal surface for any training space.
Open Cell Foam is Durable, Stable, and Comfortable
The best foam yoga tiles are made from open-cell foam, which has several unique properties. First, the material is inherently viscoelastic. This means that it can compress when under force and naturally return back to its original shape without permanent deformation (similar to how memory foam reacts when you press down on it). The compression is also slow and steady, not immediate. The result is yoga flooring that is soft enough to be comfortable to stand, sit, and kneel on, while also being resistant enough to compression to create a stable surface. This means that you get the stability needed to perform complex positions without having to worry about landing on an overly hard surface should you fall. This is also why foam yoga tiles have become the flooring of choice for many Acro and Aerial Yoga facilities.
Foam is Climate Stable
Anyone who practices hot yoga knows that certain types of flooring present different challenges. Carpeting is hard to keep clean, and sweat can easily penetrate the fibers, creating unpleasant odors. Wood flooring is easy to clean, but it’s not climate stable. Wood is a material that absorbs moisture, so constant changes in temperature and humidity can cause the materials to expand and contract, eventually leading to buckling, warping, and bending.
Foam yoga tiles are not susceptible to any of these issues. You can hit them with high temperatures and humid climates without having to worry about them changing shape over time. When they are encased in a durable vinyl interior, they are also waterproof and incredibly easy to clean.
Easy to Install and Replace
Installing carpeting and wood flooring requires special tools, adhesives, and skill. Improper installation of either results in flooring that doesn’t last. One of the great things about foam yoga tiles is that they can be installed by someone who has no experience installing yoga flooring. There are no special tools or adhesives required. Since foam yoga tiles are floating floors, they can be placed directly on top of a subfloor without having to secure them in place, and they have anti-skid backs that prevent them from moving around when in use. As a bonus, because foam yoga tiles are individual pieces, should you accidentally damage an area of your floor, you can replace that tile only – not the entire floor.