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Readers Respond: What's Your Favorite Yoga Mat?

Responses: 21

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Updated June 24, 2012

Is it Manduka, Jade, Gaiam, or something else? Everyone seems to feel strongly about their favorite yoga mat. Share why you love your mat; is it the thickness, traction, longevity, material, pretty pattern? Do tell!

Manduka PROlite

I researched extensively before buying the Manduka PROlite. I'd narrowed it down to that and Jade Professional. I briefly considered LuLuLemon's The Mat, but the company's ethics are so out of line with my own that I excluded it from consideration. The main thing Manduka had going for it was reputed durability. I've been using cheapo mats for over a decade and if I was going to spend over $15 I wanted it to last. Since my mat's arrival, I've gone to three vinyassa and one Anusara class. Its performance was stellar. There was very slight slippage in down dog once my hands got sweaty. Reviews say that the mat improves with age - and mine was terrific right off the bat, with no breaking in whatsoever. I took my Manduka to my sister's - a longtime Jade devotee - & she tried a few poses on it & really liked it. She's been replacing her Jades every year or so when they fall apart, and is now considering replacing her next Jade with a Manduka, since it comes with a lifetime warranty.
—Guest Carrie_B

ROUND 6 FOOT WIDE MANDALA MAT !

I have a mandala yoga mat. This mat ROCKS !! I found an ad for it in Yoga Journal. It's round, 6' wide, & nice & thick. I LOVE IT !! I can do ANY POSE & not have my feet get on the floor & slide. I just got it this year after getting pergo floors, which are slippery. You can get it with a DVD & carrying bag.I also have a regular Gaiam mat & an extra thick purple Gaiam that has 4 beautiful designs that help you to align your body. I used that one in class & it was my fave til I got the mandala mat. When I resume classes in June, I'll try the mandala if it doesn't take up too much room. It's fantastic for home practice. I highly recommend this mat. It's the BOMB & beats every other mat I've tried.
—Guest MANDALA YOGA MAT

Love it

I have Manduka black and I love it. Used many mats before, but now won't use any other than Manduka black. but where do you get for $94? I paid more even 2 years back.
—Guest Manduka black pro

Giam Wai Lana

I have a Gaiam and a Wai Lana. The Gaiam I bought at target for $17 The Wai Lana I got at a teacher training workshop. they are both 68" but the Wai Lana seems more durable. I am actually in the market for a longer mat im thinking around 72" I like both of my mats though. My son has a Nortic track mat from sears that also seems to be holding up well.
—Guest Eric

US ARMY ISSUE MAT SLEEPING BAG PAD

For the last twenty-five years a "US MILITARY SURPLUS MAT SLEEPING BAG PAD" has been my mat of choice. Readily available at any army surplus store.
—Guest Tom

Manduka Black

This was best investment I made as a new yogi; I felt unstable and unsafe on mats with too much "give." After 6 years of hard use it is still like new.
—Guest Charla

Kulae all the way

I've tried many mats and towels, from natural rubber, pvc, and TPE. I've found that Kulae carries the best yoga products out there, hands down! The mat is perfect for my sensitive skin and the towel helps me from slipping all over the place. Love their colors and eco-friendliness too!!
—Guest Carol

preferred yoga mat

As yoga instructors and sellers of yoga supplies, we love the Lotuspad mat. Made of eco friendly TPE it is a nice thickness of 1/4 inch, good sticky appeal, breaks down with the environment, and feels solid beneath your feet. Colors are bold and each mat is reversible with a different color on the reverse side. Great texture.
—Guest dharma clothing and yoga

Eco Yoga Mat

Was convinced by several reviews (NY Times and others) to try the Eco Yoga Mat offered by Barefootyoga.com. It's made of jute fibers and rubber. Love the texture, very natural feel.
—Guest Steven

Favorite Mat

I love my Hugger Mugger mat and would never trade for anything else. The only change I would make is not-black so that I can draw lines to remind me where hands and feet are supposed to be in Warrior, etc.
—Guest Carolyn

yoga mats

I am a yoga instructor and practice quite a bit, so I needed a durable, reliable, thick yoga mat. I have purchased the regular pvc mats in the past. Not only are they a non-sustainable item, they easily wear out due to regular use. I finally choose and am super happy with Manduka products. I have both the purple pro lite mat and the original black pro mat. Another thing is the company has super customer service. My yoga mat has gone all over the place, I even pull it out at the airport to practice. I dig the thickness of these mats, as so many folks have foot troubles and pains. This sturdy line of mats assist in opening one's feet and creating a firm foundation.
—Guest nicole

guest

I have been using my blue "Original 2mm Sticky Mat" from YogaPro.com since 1997 and it is still in great condition. It is soft, light, and can be folded/rolled easily in for travel, just enough stickiness for gripping without your hands/feet sticking to the point of peeling mat off the floor. I have bought many others but none works as well so instead, I use them as an added bottom layer for my YogaWork mat.
—Guest NArslain

yoga mat

I recently bought my first yoga mat, and certainly didn't have an opportunity to try all of them, but I chose the Gaiam natural rubber one. I wanted one of natural materials, not too heavy (and thus not too thick), and I also liked the pretty designs that the Gaiam mats had.
—Guest cloud dancer

Lots of mats.

I've amassed quite a collection of mats over the years. For home practice I prefer the manduka purple lite or eko (I've used a teacher's black manduka and find it unpleasantly thick). Both of the above are way to heavy to lug on the subway to class. For class I generally use a tapas. I like the texture of the harmony but find that it doesn't hold the floor very well and is also disconcertingly stretchy. My husband and I spend several months a year out of the country. Very hard to find a mat that packs well for long stays. This year I'm going to try a 2mm thick Iyengar style true blue from Tools for Yoga. Since I only have class twice a week, the home mat is very important to me and the mandukas were worth the expense. But I spend a lot of time there!
—SharonFrost

Jade

I love my Jade mat!! The surface/texture really helps you feel solid and rooted in your poses. Make sure you pick up your feet when you move through vinyasas or you'll stub your toe. Been there, done that!
—Guest Jackie

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