It can be confusing to know which yoga mat is ‘right’ for you, especially when there are so many different brands, materials, thicknesses, styles and colours available!

Here are 3 top tips to consider when choosing a new yoga mat!

  1. Material

    • Do your hands get sweaty or slip easily on studio mats?
      • If so, it’s important to consider GRIP when choosing a mat. Materials like rubber typically have better friction and grip, which means no more slipping around in downward facing dog!
    • Do you prefer a smoother surface or coarse?
      • It may sound silly, but some people prefer a smoother surface especially for poses where it’s cheek-to-mat. However, some people prefer the extra friction and grip of a coarse yoga mat!
    • Do you prefer eco-friendly materials?
      • If you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint, the type of material used is an important consideration. PVC and other plastics are obviously not ideal but tend to be cheaper; whereas natural tree rubber or biodegradable materials are durable but often expensive.
  2. Thickness

    • Do you require extra padding?
      • If you have sensitive joints like wrists and knees, it’s best to choose a thicker mat for extra support and cushioning. This is particularly true if you often practise on hard surfaces like tiles or floorboards.
    • Will you be travelling with your mat?
      • Unfortunately, the thicker your mat, the heavier it will also be. If you plan to leave your mat at home, in-studio or have the convenience of a car, then a thicker mat may be no problem. However, if you often have to transport your mat or plan to take it when travelling (yes, I am one of those people…), then a thinner option may be more convenient.
  3. Budget

    • How much money are you willing to spend?
      • Finally, it comes down to money. Obviously, a thick, grippy mat made with 100% biodegradable materials will be fairly expensive. If you’re a beginner to yoga or still testing the waters, maybe you’re not ready to invest yet. However, if you’ve been practising for some time now, then it’s strongly recommended you invest in something durable. After all, you get what you pay for (most of the time)…
Still not sure which mat to choose? Check out our full range in-studio and let us help you!