Yoga Guide: Best Ways to Find Out a Suitable Yoga Mat

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You may already have a yoga mat, or one in mind, but maybe it’s not the right one for you. How do you know? Regardless, whether you are just getting started with your yoga journey or have gathered plenty of experience, you are coming to understand just how personal and special the yoga mat you choose is to your practice.

Basically, do you care if your yoga mat is made of a material that absorbs moisture?

Open-cell: absorbs water and moisture. More comfy in sweaty situations. Good traction. Hard to fully clean. Can create a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi overtime. Less dense materials tend to wear out more quickly. Open-cell is good for hot yoga and more sweaty practitioners. Will need to replace mat sooner. Can combine with mat towel to help the life of the product.

Closed-cell: Denser than open-cell. More resistant to wear and is waterproof. Hygienic and easily cleaned. Slick surface can become hard to practice on and can be uncomfortable. Closed-cell is a good choice for those who don’t sweat as much or require a lot of traction.

All 11 different types of yoga mats contain multiple characteristics, the seven categories below are important qualities yogis value in their mat.

What do you value? Order this list from greatest to least before selecting your mat:

Now, you can choose!

All of our yoga mats have been tear-tested, so durability isn’t an issue. Some mats are more durable than others, so that listed quality will be at an extreme. Each of the yoga mats below have their top 3-4 characteristics listed for reference.

1 Natural Rubber
Looking for a top quality environmentally-friendly yoga mat? You can’t go wrong with our 5mm thick Natural Rubber Mat. Its open-cell surface is naturally slip-resistant, made with no PVC or toxic materials or ozone-depleting substances. Waste is minimized during production, recycling back into the process for even an eco-friendly production. The Para rubber tree this mat is made from instinctively helps to balance the carbon in the atmosphere, with a quick healing time for the tree due to its natural latex sap production. Enjoy your practice knowing you have contributed no harm to the environment! Measurements include 72”x 24 x 5mm.”

2 Premium Weight

Our popular Premium Weight Yoga Mat is a top-performance yoga mat. This extra thick, high stability mat weighs more than 5 pounds (indicative of its density), so it offers the highest performance and comfort you’d expect from a professional grade yoga mat. The 100% latex-free mat has maximum support and cushioning, plus, it provides an added level of non-slip stability on almost any surface. A textured surface provides extra traction for balancing poses. If you’re serious about your yoga practice, this premium yoga mat is guaranteed to satisfy. Measurements include 72” x 24” x ¼.”

3 Eco-Lite

Covered in an embossed rose pattern, you’ll get a good tacky grip on this

closed-cell, natural tree rubber yoga mat. The bottom layer is made of a soft TPE cushion to create the perfect double layer combination. Only 3mm thick, this yoga mat is amazing for travel, as it only weighs 2.5 LBS! The top layer of tree rubber provides an eco-friendly surface for skin contact, leaving the TPE foam base separate. This mat is the lightest natural rubber yoga mat you’ll find on the market! Measurements include 68” x 24.”

4 PURE

A great environmental yogi choice, the PURE yoga mat is made free of the 6 most harmful phthalates, making it chemical free and eco-friendly. Long lasting and durable, this extra long and thick mat is comfy for those in need of a nice cushion for practice. The dense material also makes practicing on harder surfaces a breeze! Measurements include 74″ x 24″ x 1/4.”

5 Gaia Eco

This “green” yoga mat is free of any toxic materials and its production does not contribute to greenhouse emissions (no PVC, no CFCs/HCFCs). This makes our Gaia Eco Yoga Mat the obvious choice for environmentally conscious yogis. Its low-density material reduces weight without losing performance, also containing rounded corners for stability. The super soft high resilient closed-cell NBR foam offers great support and provides plenty of cushion. Because of the closed-cell material, these yoga mats are also easy to clean. Measurements include 70″ x 22.5″ x 1/4.”