Finding the right yoga mat is incredibly personal—no single mat is going to meet every yogi’s unique needs. Some yogis look for durability, for some the right grip is the key factors and others want to be conscious of the environment. When you are faced with figuring out which mat will best supplement your practice, it can seem like a daunting process with a million options out there. To take some pressure off the situation, we tallied up the Top 10 Best Yoga Mats currently available to keep your focus on the practice, not the mat.
1.The Manduka PROlite: Best Overall Mat
This baby is known industry wide as a breakaway star! This mat is known for being extremely durable due to the PVC material and density. The ProLite is also renowned for its versatility. Whether you are practicing in a heated studio or on a cool beach, the grip and support allows you to flow through your poses with stability and support. This mat is light coming in at 4lbs and is known for getting better with use but like most mats, it does require a small break-in-period.
2. Jade Harmony: Best Professional Mat
The Jade Mat offers open cell technology that provides a superior grip. You will want to keep this mat made from natural rubber out of extreme heat and direct sunlight to keep its longevity going. The grip is great on this mat but it’s important to remember that cleaning this mat required some delicate cleaning products and can sometimes be difficult. If you want to do your best to be eco-friendly during your practice this is the choice for you!
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3. Manduka Black Mat Pro
As one of the most well-known mats in the yoga community its no surprise the Manduka Black Mat Pro is on this list. With a weight of 7 to 9 lbs, this is a wider and thicker mat that truly delivers on stability and support. It also has a lifetime guarantee. You might recognize The Black Mat Pro in your local studios as it’s often a yogi-crowd favourite! This is the big brother to the ProLite but for someone looking for increased comfort and thickness, this is the top-of-the-line option out there.
4. Hugger Mugger Para Rubber
For an increased sense of cushion while remaining eco-friendly take a look at the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber. With non-slip surfaces on both sides and ¼” thickness for added cushion, this is a great alternative to the Jade Harmony Mat. The natural rubber is sustainable and renewable and boasts a marbled design.
5. PrAna Revolutionary Sticky Mat
For taller or wider builds, this may be the perfect mat for you. It is the largest mat available from PrAna and is made from biodegradable, non-amazon-harvested rubber. With a firm three layer design, this non-toxic mat provides great grip and great space to settle into your poses.
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6. Kharma Khare
If reduce, reuse, recycle is your mantra this the perfect mat for you. This 5mm yoga mat is made from 4mm repurposed recycled car tires and 1 mm natural rubber latex which is sustainably sourced. Pair the fact that it is non-toxic with its amazing grip and you have a wonderful eco-friendly and functional yoga mat. However, do handle with care!
7. PrAna E.C.O
The PrAna E.C.O. mat is latex free and eco-friendly with texture on both sides providing incredible grip and the TPE material is lightweight, PVC free, and has closed cell construction that prevents germs from entering the mat. This is a great latex free option with a much more wallet friendly price tag.
8. Gaiam Print Premium
For all yogis that are mindful of their spending, this is another budget friendly option! With great prints available and a lightweight design, this mat provides a durable cushion for your practice.
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9. The Liforme: Best Non – Slip
With alignment markers and undeniable traction, this is one of the best options available for a high intensity, heated practice. Made with a natural rubber base and layer of polyurethane, the grip is ideal. Coming in at 4.2 mm thick, this mat provides great support. Weighing 5.5 lbs this mat is worth the investment for the hot yoga yogi that embraces a sweaty practice with open arms.
10. The Yoloha Native: Best Low Maintenance Mat
Cork on a yoga mat? Who knew? This mat has a cork surface which means this mat is naturally antimicrobial resulting in low odor and less bacteria per sweat session. This lightweight mat comes with a carrying strap and provides plenty of support. Keep in mind the grip on this mat improves as it gets moist. This is also an eco-friendly option!
There you have it! 10 of the best yoga mats available to take your practice to the next level. Which one best suits your yoga needs? If you would like some further background information on the above yoga mats, click here!