Posted by Elizabeth Kovar on June 12, 2013 at 5:00 am
Like people, yoga mats come in various sizes, colors and features. In fact, with so many mats on the market, it can be said that there is a mat available for every body, style and personality. Mats are designed differently – some are the most sticky, some are the most eco-friendly. So what to choose? First, look at what your body desires. If you say, “I wish my mat was stickier so my hands don’t slide. Or, I wish my mat was thicker for my knees,” than that is an indicator that you need a mat to cater to your yogi cravings. Second, look at the environment you are practicing in. From hot yoga to outdoor pursuits, be sure to select a mat that has durability. Below are the top mats on the market that enlightens yogis to reach their samadhi.
Hugger Mugger Original Tapas Yoga Mat
These ultimate sticky mats, are made to last with years of stickiness. Fingers and toes will catch a good grip,which is perfect for balancing and standing asanas. Your digits no longer needs to move to the wood floor for arm balancing with this lightweight, grippy surface mat. These affordable mats are 1/8 inch thick and are free of metal, latex and phthalate (making plastics flexible). Best part is that Hugger Mugger mats are made in the U.S. with more than 20 years in the business.
YogaMatic Custom Mats
If fashion is your passion and style is your child, than look no further. YogaMatic funky mats feature designs for all personalities and opinions. Say you want to stare at donuts while doing yoga, or maybe even get spiritual with Buddha. Or take a magic carpet ride in class with your brand new Persian rug mat. If you’re looking for your soul-mat, look no further than the YogaMatic design team to make your dreams come true. Mats are 1/4 inch thick and 72″ x 24″ in dimension.
Manduka Black Mat Pro
Serious yogis and weak knees benefit greatly from this thick, dense mat. With 15 years in existence, this mat is designed with a superior non-slip fabric-like finish and comes with a Lifetime Guarantee. The mat is a zero-waste and Oeko-Tex certified mat, which is a European environmental certification agency for the textile industry. Yogis note this mat weighs seven pounds, but that’s ok since you’re buff and tough with all those down-dog and crow poses.
Kulae Karma Kombo
Hot yoga is a hot trend. But not every mat can last the lifetime of the intense sweat and heat, until now. Kulae creatively designed the Karma Kombo, which is the Elite Hot Hybrid yoga mat. The kombo is the half mat, half towel and is free of the six most hazardous phthalates. The bamboo microfibers soak up sweat leaving you to what you do best, yoga. Mats are machine-wash and hang dry friendly.
Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat
The most premium jade yoga mat, is 3/16 inch thick to support the body as it glides through poses. Jade is constructed of natural rubber and does not contain any PVC or ozone materials. It also features non-slip properties within the natural rubber cells. Two lengths, 68″ and 74″, and various colors are available for purchase.