If you’ve ever asked what yoga mat should I get then this guide is for you
A yoga mat is a big investment, but the right one can make all the difference to your practice. If you don’t know where to start, check out our handy guide which will answer the all important question, what yoga mat should I get?
Making the choice
Whether you’re new to yoga or practice regularly, a yoga mat is your one essential piece of equipment. While a good yoga mat can seem costly, the investment is often worth it. Many mats can look similar but differences in thickness and material will affect how you move on the mat, which can ultimately affect your practice.
Below are some of our favourite yogi approved mats:
A yogi’s favourite and found in beautiful studios across Dublin like Reformation and Moons Yoga Loft, Lululemon’s reversible mats are available in a variety of prints and sizes. The natural rubber base of these mats gives you great grip and cushioning for hips, knees, and floor poses. Easily cleaned with warm soapy water and hung to dry, an antimicrobial additive helps prevent mould and mildew on the mat.
Priced from €68, available at Lululemon.com or instore at Lululemon, Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin
Jade is everything you want in a yoga mat – nice colors, incredible grip, great comfort and eco-friendly. All Jade mats are made in a sustainable manner with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees, a renewable resource. Unlike other mats, Jade mats contain no PVC, EVA or other synthetic rubber. Their most popular mat, the Jade Harmony Mat, provides great traction and cushion while still providing stability for standing poses.
Prices from $79.95, available at jadeyoga.com
Holdereight mats have a velvet finish surface that gives you the ultimate grip with a soft touch so you can get the most out of your practice. Not only do these mats showcase beautiful distinctive prints, they are designed to be ultra-absorbent and anti-slip. Additionally these mats are machine washable, making them versatile enough to use for yoga, hot yoga and Pilates.
Prices from €89, available at holdereight.com
Available in a variety of colours and sizes, the original Liforme Yoga Mat features their eco-friendly grip material, giving you the perfect balance between firm stability and comfortable cushioning. Their unique ‘AlignForMe’ system of practical alignment markers on the mat, intelligently guides you throughout your practice and their mats are longer and wider giving you the space you need.
Prices from €135, available at liforme.com
Designed by yogis and loved by teachers worldwide, Manduka mats are eco-friendly and beautifully designed. All Manduka mats are free of toxic chemicals, dyes and phthalates and bring cushioning and comfort to your practice. Manduka guarantees the Black Mat PRO®, Manduka PRO® and PROlite® yoga mats to be free of manufacturer defects and to last a lifetime, making this mat a great long term investment.
Prices from €80, available at manduka.com
Zoe O’ Connell is a 200hr RYS certified yoga teacher living in Dublin. A marketer by day, Zoe is passionate about bringing yoga to everyday life, yoga for the modern body and mind. Find out more at onelifeyoga.co