Yoga is supposed to make us Zen, not stress us out and force us to grip onto our mat for dear life when things get a little sweaty. How are we supposed to focus on breathing when we're thinking, “don’t slip, don’t slip”? In an effort to truly get our om on in 2020, we talked to the people we trust the most: yoga instructors, who have put in hundreds of hours on the mat, both teaching classes and taking them. Here are the five yoga mats that come highly recommended for every scenario (inversions, hot yoga and teacher training included).
1. Jade Harmony Yoga Mat
This mat is so beloved, that three yoga instructors of various levels dubbed it their go-to.
“This is our tried and true choice at the studio, because it’s unmovable on the floor for inversions and flow, eco-friendly, made in the USA and durable. We also appreciate that the mat is easy to clean and maintain, which is important to keep in mind for home practitioners too post-hot/sweaty yoga. Bonus: Jade Yoga plants a tree for every mat sold.” —Bethany Lyons, founder and CEO of Lyons Den Power Yoga
“In my opinion, it's the best for sweaty people like me. Very slip-resistant." —Gretchen M., 200 E-RT
“I’ve been practicing on the Jade Harmony yoga mat for at least five years. It’s super grippy and provides good traction, especially with sweaty palms in downward facing dog. It has just the right thickness offering enough padding for your knees, while allowing you to still feel strong and grounded in standing postures.” —Ashley C., yoga teacher student
2. Lululemon Reversible Mat
“I have a classic Lululemon mat that I use for any type of class. It’s reversible: One side is made for hot yoga and the other side is grippy for non-heated classes. I really love this one— it’s lasted me about four years now, and still looks brand new. I highly recommend!”—Clare B., 230RYT
3. Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat
“This tends to be the unpopular opinion, but I have the Manduka ProLite and I looove the grooved texture. I always used Lululemon mats, but I hated that they showed sweat stains. This one: no sweat stains, no problems. It holds up so much better—even in hot yoga classes.” —Nikki M., 200RYT
4. Liforme Original Yoga Mat
“Liforme yoga mats provide the perfect amount of grip. They feature directional lines, which are beneficial for alignment during my yoga teacher trainings.” —Koya Webb, celebrity holistic health coach, yoga expert and author
5. Manduka GRP Hot Yoga Mat
I’ve used the Manduka Pro for ten years, but the new ones unfortunately don’t have the same quality—there’s a film that’s tricky to remove. The brand’s new product, called the GRP for hot yoga, is one that everyone seems to love. It has an ultra slip-resistant texture for maximized grip in sweaty conditions, which makes it easier to stick postures without sliding all over the place.” —Alyssa S., founder of Synergy Power Yoga
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