The world of yoga mats can be equally confusing to newbies and master yogis alike. Endless colours, designs, patterns, size, and trinkets are offered. We believe that when you’re picking out a new mat, you’re investing in your health and happiness through yoga. We want you to make the right choice and be able to practice yoga in style and comfort.
So what should you look for? It all depends on what you need. Here are our tips for picking out a new yoga mat.
When it comes to price, less isn’t always more.
While a less expensive mat might work for a beginner dipping their toes into yoga, if you’re going to be practicing regularly, you need something durable. It can also be more cost-effective to pay more for a better mat that won’t need to be replaced as quickly.
We all love a deal, but would you rather spend $20 every 6 months, or spend more upfront for a mat that will last a lifetime? For the most part, what you pay is what you get.
What’s in a name? Sometimes a lot.
When it comes to yoga mats, there are a few brands you can trust to deliver quality products that are worth the bucks they’re asking. Manduka, Prana, and Gaiam are just a few we recommend.
Variety is the spice of life — and yoga mats.
Walking into a yoga store or checking out an online boutique can be overwhelming. There are thin mats, thick mats, giant mats, and mats in every colour imaginable.
Think about what you really need in a mat and don’t get swayed by the latest hot trend. A cork mat is great for the environment, but will wear out quickly. A thick mat is comfortable, but can influence stability on the floor. Find out what you need to succeed, and shop with that in mind.
Look for form and function.
With so many mats on the market, you don’t always need to compromise looks to get what you need. A lot of mats offer killer style and comfortable practicality.
Look for a mat with features that will make your life, and yoga class, easier. On the go? Get a mat with handles to make getting to and from class a breeze. Concerned about the environment? Take a peek at some eco-friendly designs to kick up your yoga style a notch. Cork mats offer awesome grip with super cool style, and they’re hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. In love with multiple yoga styles? Reversible mats offer different functions for different classes in one.
As always, the best way to find out what mat is right for you is to actually try it. Ask your friends and teachers for recommendations and explain what exactly you’re looking for. A little trial and error can go a long way to find you the mat of your dreams.