With hundreds of yoga mats on the market, it’s no wonder why you came searching for some recommendations!
As much as it may feel overwhelming trying choose a mat from among so many options, the good news is that I can practically guarantee you will be able to find one that fits your exact specifications and complements your practice perfectly.
The two most important things to consider when you’re looking for a new yoga mat are material and thickness – both of these things should be informed by the type of yoga asana you normally practice, in order to better serve you rather than hinder or even potentially hurt you.
Ever since Hugger Mugger created the Tapas mat – the first sticky PVC mat produced in the U.S. specifically for yoga – in 1990, the options have slowly been growing. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, remains the most popular type of yoga mat on the market today, but multiple other materials have since gained mainstream popularity as well.
Each material has its strengths and weaknesses, so be sure to ask yourself which qualities are most important to you. Are you sensitive to rough or raised textures? You’ll drive yourself insane trying to relax in Savasana on a TPE or jute mat. Do you need something non-slip to avoid falling flat on your face in downward dog when your hands start to sweat? Then some of the natural options may not be your best bet.