What Is The Best Yoga Mat?
In my personal yoga journey, I have gone through multiple yoga mats. I am now on the quest for ‘What is the best yoga mat’? For me, I am in the market for a new mat and am willing to spend a little more money for something quality that will last me some time.
The biggest con that I have found from yoga mats is slipping. It drives me crazy when I am halfway through my practice and my arms or feet are sliding away from each other. I find it very distracting and annoying.
With that, I will be as thorough as can be for each mat but I will be very focused on the slip factor. Other than slipping, we are going to look for comfort, durability and styles.
Hopefully, I can answer for you & me – What is the best yoga mat?
Features: A rubber free construction mat which is great for anyone with a latex allergy! Thick enough to fully support all of your poses too! Also, – comes with a lifetime warranty. I love that. This is also Gaiam’s best-selling mat.
Slip Factor: The name says it all. It is perfect for a hot yoga practice, or for those who sweat. The mat is made to wick the moisture.
Peoples Raves: Everyone is really excited about how grippy this mat is. One person evens claims that it is more grippy the hotter the class gets! (Do I even need to go on?)
Peoples Rants: The mat splits! No!!!! I was getting so excited about this mat and all of it’s grippiness but it’s not good to read about splitting mats. What I mean by that is the top layer has separated and it appears that it has been caused by use in a warm class.
*I will note that anyone who had submitted a complaint about bubbling or separation have been contacted by Gaiam warranty & they have offered to send a new mat – lifetime warranty guys, it’s the bee’s knees.
Features: Composition of all natural rubber & jute fibre which makes this mat very Earth-friendly – no chemical additives are used.
Slip Factor: From my understanding, this has an average grip level (not like the one from Gaiam).
People Raves: The mat doesn’t have a weird stick as other ones do. I have experienced what this lady is talking about & it is not nice.. or natural. People have had the mat for three years and are just noticing wear and tear now. They recommended using a towel in hot practice to preserve the mat.
Peoples Rants: The rubber flakes off over time. Also, because of its make up the mat is a bit heavier. This doesn’t affect your practice in any way but it will affect you depending on how you get to class.
3. Namastay Mat – Lululemon.com
Features: Made with extra grip and made from newly developed Luvea Rubber. Luvea rubber is natural and sustainably sourced – plus it is FSC certified. Made with an antimicrobial additive that prevents mould and mildew on your mat.
Slip Factor: Made with extra grip on one side. They do recommend using a towel for a hot practice, however, which makes me think that it is not as grippy as you would think it to be.
People Raves: They say that it is nice that you can use both sides – one is not as grippy as the other. A lot of comments on quality and how long these mats last.
Peoples Rants: People are saying this mat is not grippy at all. Even with the slightest bit of sweat, they are moving all around. A few comments are also made how the mat sticks to them without a towel.
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Features: Made from a natural tree rubber. This mat is machine washable and the prints will not fade – a huge plus for me. The mat is basically made with a yoga towel ‘glued’ on top. Which gives you the regular cushion from a normal mat and non-slippage from using a towel. Comes with a carrying strap.
Slip Factor: We all know that you get a great grip from a yoga towel. Thus, it would be easy to assume you get the same from this mat.
People Raves: A great thing about this mat is that your towel is already attached to your mat so the towel won’t bunch. It is also really soft and there are a bunch of cool designs to choose from.
Peoples Rants: Made from polyester so you see your handprints & footprints until the mat is wiped down. Also, they say that this mat is designed only for hot yoga and not so much for a regular practice.
*Yoga Design Lab donates a $1.00 back from each mat purchased to youth programs.
Thickness: 6 mm
Features: Six-foot diameter yoga mat made latex free.
Slip Factor: Nothing has been mentioned good or bad in this category.
People Raves: More room for yoga! People love having the extra room to move around. A lot of the happy reviews come from people who do yoga at home and find it tough to stay on their mat while watching a yoga video.
Peoples Rants: Not many colour options. You can’t take this to an actual yoga class because it is big and awkward to carry.
The first mat from Gaiam has stolen my heart. It literally has everything I need on a yoga mat. I would love to see more vibrant colours or different pattern choices but that’s only an aesthetic preference. I will keep you guys posted on when I get this mat and my first few practices.
So, in the quest – What is the best yoga mat? We have looked at some very well-known brands out there, talked about other peoples reviews and I have added in my opinion as well – shocker.
I ask you – What is the best yoga mat? What one has caught your eye, or interested you? Please, drop a comment below and let me know which one is your favourite.
In my search for a new mat, other peoples opinions matter too.
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Keep your mat fresh & get a spray or check out How to Clean a Yoga Mat.