A blanket is one of the most versatile props in any yoga session. The best yoga blanket for your practice should reflect what you plan to use the blanket for the most. All types of yoga blankets can be used as a prop or bolster for your hips in seated and restorative positions as long as it can be tightly folded. If you plan to use your blanket as a cover in final relaxation phase, certain types will provide more warmth than others.
The classic Mexican yoga blankets are popular and you will see these in many yoga studios. Some are hand-woven while others are made by machine. The Mexican yoga blankets come in a variety of colors and are available in bright patterns. They are made from different fiber sources including a cotton and polyester blend or recycled man-made fibers. If you are looking for a blanket with a tight weave that will hold the folds for support in your seated positions, the Mexican yoga blanket is one of the best.
In a practice where your yoga blanket is used primarily for warmth, a wool blanket is the best choice. Wool yoga blankets can be purchased as a 70 percent wool and 30 percent synthetic blend or as 100 percent wool. These come in one color, with a couple of different color options to choose from, and they are made without dyes or chemical additives. If you plan to use your blanket as support in positions that induce sweat and find that you need to wash it on a regular basis, keep in mind that wool yoga blankets can pill or shed over time with heavy use and washing.
Many of the cotton yoga blankets are 100 percent cotton and are hand-woven. If a lighter chemical-free blanket is important to you, the cotton yoga blankets made without chemicals will be the best option, especially if you have any allergies or are sensitive to chemicals. Going one step further, organic cotton yoga blankets are available for a slightly higher price. Yoga blankets made from organic cotton are environmentally friendly and do not contain residual pesticides, added chemicals or synthetic dyes. Some cotton blankets are hemmed which can cause some unevenness in folding for seated and restorative positions.
Other blankets that are not sold specifically for yoga can be used, especially if you are a beginner. The best blanket in your closet is one that is soft, holds its shape when folded tightly, offers good support for seated or restorative poses and provides enough warmth in your final relaxation poses.