There are so many brands of yoga mat on the market that it is often very difficult to choose which is right for you. Your yoga mat will prevent you from slipping while in poses such as the downward facing dog and the warrior. It will also cushion your body during lying poses such as the cobra and the corpse poses. Some brands of mats may be more suitable for your body or type of practice than others, so it is worth doing some research before you buy.
If you are looking for an eco-friendly yoga mat, you should take a look at Manduka’s website. The company philosophy is to respect all living things and it strives to produce products from natural, recyclable, sustainable and biodegradable materials. The PRO Series mats are available in standard and long lengths, weigh 7 pounds and are 1/4 inch thick. They are denser than the average yoga mat and provide a comfortable, non slip surface without being sticky. The PRO Series Black mat cost $100 as of 2013 and is suitable for all styles of yoga. It is designed to be hard-wearing and carries a lifetime guarantee. Manduka produces a range of eco-friendly yoga mats, including light and travel options.
JadeYoga produces versatile mats that are suitable for yoga and other forms of exercise, such as Pilates. Its best-selling product is the Harmony Professional Mat which is made from natural rubber and costs $69.95. The mat offers a slip-proof surface, which can be hand washed with warm soapy water. The original mat is 3/16 inches inches thick, weighs 4.5 pounds and is available in two lengths and a wide range of colors. You can also purchase extra thick, extra wide and kids versions of the Harmony mat. To satisfy your environmental conscience, JadeYoga works in partnership with Trees for the Future and plants a new tree for every mat it sells.
For the fashion conscious yogi, Ajoy distributes products from London that combine ancient tradition with a modern lifestyle. Its products are designed for safety while still being stylish and eco friendly. The Classic Studio Mat is 1/8 inch thick, weighs 3 pounds and complies with European Safety Regulations. At $27 it is ideal for both home and studio practice and comes in a wide selection of colors, including fudge chocolate, pomegranate red, green and powder blue. You can also buy thicker versions of the classic mat, PVC-free and organic cotton mats.
If these brands can’t offer a yoga mat to suit your needs, you can try others such as Kulae or Sun Salutation. If you are a beginner looking for a basic mat, many of the large sportswear companies produce yoga mats. If you have any problems or need help choosing a mat, your yoga teacher is the best person to ask for advice. She will be aware of your body's needs and the most suitable mat for the style of yoga you practice.