Choosing the Best Yoga Mat

As an instructor and student who rolls out the mat quite regularly, I know what features I prefer to support my practice. However, considering the many styles of yoga and workout routines that involve mats, I wanted to see what other yoga professionals thought, including those that have been at it practically since the time mats debuted (despite the practice of yoga dating back over 5,000 years, the yoga mat hasn’t been around all that long).

In the end, my top choices were pretty easy to grip. There is no perfect yoga mat, and no single mat fits everyone. If you’re looking for the best yoga mat that will support your asanas and be your new place to call OM for a lifetime, the Manduka PROlite is the way to go. It gets my top pick because its durability and versatility are unmatched. However, if you’re always taking hot yoga classes and you want to stick to your mat with no towel needed, Lululemon The Mat is likely your best option.

With over 50 hours of research on dozens of yoga mats, I focused on the properties and composition of the mat and how this applies to the various styles of yoga. I surveyed the masses, consulted with over 10 yoga professionals with years of experience on mats, and personally put many mats through hours of testing.

The process was sweaty, and reconfirmed that choosing a yoga mat is akin to choosing your wine — some get better with age, and it all comes down to personal taste. To help find the best yoga mat for you, I’ve also recommended top picks for specific formats, some of which include my top choices and others which do not.


Manduka PROlite: Best Overall

If you want a mat to last you a lifetime, and can also tick the boxes for grip, portability, and comfort, the Manduka PROlite is the way to go. This mat beat out its category contenders for longevity by a landslide. It’s an extremely durable, high-performing mat that’s stamped with a lifetime guarantee. Yoga teachers everywhere (including myself) agree that the Manduka PROlite gets better with age the more you use it, similar to a baseball glove. I’ll get upside-down to that.

Lululemon ‘The Mat’: The Best Non-Slip Yoga Mat

Lululemon’s “The Mat” is the other top-rated and much loved mat that you should consider, especially if hot yoga and heavy sweating is a part of your weekly routine. Yoga classes done in a heated studio are popular today (and let’s face it, many of us continuously perspire holding Warrior II), so I wanted to find a mat that would provide the best stick under super-sweaty conditions without having to rely on the use of a towel. Cue “The Mat.”

The 9 Overall Best Yoga Mats

  1. Manduka PROlite($80.00)
  2. Lululemon “The Mat”($68.00)
  3. Jade Harmony Professional Mat($59.95 – $217.14)
  4. Manduka Black Mat Pro($108.00 – $134.00)
  5. Hugger Mugger Para Rubber($83.52)
  6. PrAna Revolutionary Sticky Mat($90.00)
  7. Kharma Khare($70.00)
  8. PrAna E.C.O($28.80 – $48.00)
  9. Gaiam Print Premium($29.98)

Note from Dr Alan Viau: I personally love my Lululemon “The Mat”

Original article from with permission

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