A yoga mat is an investment that will be used often and for many years. I have shared many challenging, intense and emotional moments with my beloved yoga mat. When students ask me for recommendations, I suggest these few.
JadeYoga has an interesting back-story. The family originally created rug pads (they claim as the first-known yoga mat used by BKS Iyengar). JadeYoga used its rug pad knowledge to make a non-slippery, natural rubber yoga mat. I see these mats often in yoga classes and like that they are lightweight to transport and very sticky.
Gaiam offers over 50 different types of mats via their website and are also available at Target and other big box stores. I suggest these mats for new yogis, as they are affordable and provide a nice cushion.
Manduka’s mission includes uniting all, nurturing our planet and love. Their mats are very thick and heavy and help to reduce knee pain when kneeling. This is the mat that I mainly use and I do love it. It does takes time to wear it in and requires a few practices and wipes down until truly creates traction.
Lululemon‘s popular mat is ultra absorbent and good for sweaty classes. These mats are easy to clean and many rave about the good grip once you are warmed up.
Liforme was recommended to us by one of our readers who loves its density and stickiness. This mat is unique as it includes markers on it as visual reference points for physical alignment on the practicing surface. The mat is priced at over $100, but does include a mat bag.
What kind of mat do you use? I love to try out new yoga mats and look forward to hearing what you practice on.
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