One of the best things about a yoga practice is, you don't need a lot of equipment for a successful practice. However, it would be hard to overlook the importance of a quality mat. From needing a soft space under your knees, to a grip that holds you in place during a sweaty down-dog, a good mat should provide a safe space for your practice. But how do you choose the right mat?
If you are just beginning a yoga practice, I recommend buying an inexpensive mat. You can find these for around $10 at stores like Target or any sports gear store. They will provide you with a clean, comfortable cushion for your practice without a large investment. Once you have fallen in love with your practice, you most likely will need a higher quality mat. This is a product where "you get what you pay for" really rings true. With the inexpensive mat, wear and tear happens much faster, and a common complaint is slippage during sweatier classes. Of course, you can throw a towel down under your hands or feet (or both) but that can be annoying for other reasons.
Once you've decided you want to upgrade your mat, how do you figure out which one would be best? Quality mats can run from $60-$100+ and you don't want to risk buying one that you don't love for these prices. One thing you can do is see if your local studio rents some of the high quality mat brands for a small fee and test them out in your class.
My personal favorite mat brand is Manduka. The main reason being they have a lifetime guarantee and once you break it in, the mat is comfortable and slip resistant. I'm newly obsessed with their eQua Hot Yoga Mat. This mat is made with a natural rubber base, topped with a soft microfiber eQua Towel top layer. It's like getting a high quality mat and a high quality yoga towel in one product. And it's machine washable! Game. changer. Get it here: manduka.com
I'd love to hear from you! Which yoga mat interests you most? Have you tried any of them? What are your experiences?
*This post is NOT sponsored. Happy Mat Shopping!