The best yoga mats you can buy
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- The first piece of gear you need to begin your yoga practice is a great yoga mat.
- Of all the yoga mats we've researched, the Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat is the best with its closed-cell surface that keeps out sweat and its dotted texture that keeps your hands and feet from slipping out of position during downward facing dog.
If you've ever done yoga before, you know that not all yoga mats are created equally. Each style and material caters to a different set of needs and goals, and subtle design changes can either help or hurt your unique movement patterns and your usual aches and pains in any pose.
There are a number of factors to consider when you're looking for the yoga mat that best serves your needs. Size and portability are important to many yogis, mainly because you'll have to tote your mat along with you to the gym or yoga studio unless you do your practice in the comfort of your own home. Some mats are longer than others, so if you like long mats, take a peek at lengthier mats. Most people will be happy with the typical length.
While certain people like sticky mats that help their feet from sliding around, others find them annoying. Same goes with the relative thickness or thinness of the yoga mat. Most yoga mats are relatively slim, but others are thick for extra protection and cushion for your joints.
Durability and the types of materials involved are also key things to consider. You want a yoga mat that's going to last through the years, isn't made from strange chemicals, and is easy to wipe clean after a sweaty bout of hot yoga.
We scoured the internet for yogi reports and product reviewer feedback on this year's top-ranked yoga mats to put together this Insider Picks guide to finding the best yoga mat for you, depending on your priorities, from perfect pose alignment to eco-friendly materials.
Here are the best yoga mats you can buy:
- Best yoga mat overall: Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat
- Best yoga mat for perfectionists: Liforme Yoga Mat
- Best eco-friendly yoga mat: Prana ECO Yoga Mat
- Best affordable yoga mat: Gaiam Print Premium Yoga Mat
- Best lightweight yoga mat: Manduka eKO Superlight Travel Yoga Mat
- Best travel yoga mat: YoGo Travel Yoga Mat
Updated on 01/03/2019 by Malarie Gokey: Updated prices and formatting.
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The best yoga mat overall
The best yoga mat for perfectionists
The best yoga mat for the eco-friendly yogi
The best yoga mat for yogis on a budget
The best lightweight yoga mat
The best yoga mat for travel
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