Whether you’re new to yoga or looking to upgrade, choosing the mat that’s right for you is surely confusing and daunting! There are so many options out there, and for beginners, a mat may just be a mat – but noooooo….let me stop you right there. Your yoga mat will be your best friend. And you’d want your best friend to stick around for a long time, wouldn’t you?
So where to start? Well, it all depends on your personal preferences. A yoga mat’s thickness and grip are main considerations, depending on your needs.
Personally, I have 2 yoga mats. One is a Manduka ProLite, which is thick and more comfortable especially on the knees, but doesn’t have the grip that I want especially for vinyasa classes which require lots of sun salutations. I use it more for home practice and for Bikram or Absolute Hot classes.The other one is a Jade mat which is thinner and hurts my knees and bum, but which is my go-to mat for vinyasa classes because it has good grip. I may use them for different reasons, but both are of very good quality and have been with me for more than 5 years now.
There are more mats out there, and you can research and ask around to trim down your options. But to make it easier for you, do check out this article by Reviews.com. They downward dog-tested 30 mats and came out with the top 10. Fortunately, Manduka and Jade are both in there!
If you have other questions on how to choose your mat or on yoga, just drop me a line and I’ll be more than happy to help you out!