8 best yoga mats for the modern yogi
It may not feel like your choice of yoga mat is that important and, in some ways, it’s not. In fact, that’s one of the best things about yoga; it can be done anywhere, by anyone, wearing anything. It just so happens that it has ended up being quite a specific strain of legging-clad, Insta-folk that have ended up figureheading this western boom.
That said, your choice of mat can make your practice, travelling around on the tube and your bank balance considerably more or less comfortable, so it’s worth having a think about how you’ll be using it because although there isn’t a ‘best yoga mat’, as such, there is a best yoga mat for you.
Hate using studio mats for fear of sweat and germs, but often find yourself on the move? A weighty mat probably isn’t ideal. Working on your headstands on a daily basis? A skinny mat won’t provide the padding you need. Is hot yoga more your thing? Slip-proof and sweat-wicking is essential. Open vs closed cell mat? The variations are endless.
It’s pretty simple stuff but with hundreds on the market, we’ve made it as easy as child’s pose and round up the best mats for your practice…
Upsides: Really beaut and minimal, but more importantly it's sustainable and, for every mat bought, CorkYogis made a contribution to a girl's training in a course of your choice
Downsides: Not many in all honesty, but potentially not the one for you if you like your yoga equipment bright
Upsides: It's reversible, designed for use in hot or normal yoga classes, saving you on having different mats for different styles
Downsides: Natural rubber has quite a distinct smell, so it can take a bit of time to air out
Upsides: The line in the centre of the mat is ideal for perfecting your alignments, enabling your Virabhadrasanas (or Warrior poses) to be on POINT. Plus YOGI BARE plants a tree for every mat bought.
Downsides: The matte texture means your face will leave marks, albeit temporarily
Upsides: Pretty AND practical, the cool linen finish gives it grip and the bow can be used to stop it unrolling itself all the time.
Downsides: It's on the heavier side, but it's well-padded so weight vs