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The Yogamatters Yoga Mat Guide

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Like choosing a yoga class, choosing your perfect mat can also be a bit of a minefield. Whether you’re just starting out, you’re an eco warrior or you’re in need of an upgrade, we’ve got a mat to tick every criteria…

Best Yoga Mats for a Home Practice

Yogamatters Organic Cotton Yoga Mat, RRP £28

Not only is this organic cotton dhurrie yoga mat ideal for practicing in the traditional Indian way, it doubles up as a beautiful rug for your home. Made from 100% certified organic cotton and hand woven by Indian crafts people, it is the perfect ethical choice for your home practice.

Manduka PRO Yoga Mat,  £84

If you’re looking for a mat with a lifetime guarantee this is the mat for you. At 6mm thick it is luxuriously dense offering unparalleled comfort and cushioning. The Manduka PRO series are 100% latex free and have a closed-cell surface to keep moisture and sweat from seeping into the mat and breeding bacteria as well as a proprietary dot pattern bottom to resist sliding. At 3.6kg, this is an investment for home practice and its high-density cushion supports joint protection, and versatility on any surface such as carpet or hardwood floors.

“I love this mat. The best mat I’ve practiced on after many years and many mats! This mat gives stability in standing postures and supportive cushioning for seated and supine postures. I practice Ashtanga and the grip is really good too. I’ve bought ‘quality’ mats before, but this one seems to be extremely durable and so worth the price. Highly recommend.” Andria

Yogamatters Sticky Yoga Mat, RRP £17

Our go-to mat for beginners, this is the perfect choice if you’re just starting on your yoga journey or you want to encourage a loved one to join you. It’s our best value non-slip yoga mat – hence why it’s loved by yoga studios and students all over. Choose from our rainbow collection of colours and start practicing today.

“Does what it says on the tin. I’ve had my Yogamatters sticky mat for 2 years, and have lost count of how many downward facing dog’s I’ve put it through!” Vic

Best Eco Friendly Yoga Mats

Yogamatters Eco EveryDay Yoga Mat, RRP £55

Made from sustainably harvested natural tree rubber and recycled material, our Eco Everyday yoga mat offers an innovative solution to environmental waste. It’s recyclable, biodegradable and free from toxic chemicals and dyes. At 4mm thick it offers plenty of cushioning and its textured surface offers great grip ensuring you can focus on your practice without distraction.

“I received this mat as a birthday present and I’m very happy with it. It has excellent grip and cushioning for my wrists.” Samantha

Jade Harmony Yoga Mat, RRP £70

Available in beautiful colours, the Jade Yoga Harmony Mat is famous for its superior grip. Sustainably made with natural rubber it doesn’t contain PVC, EVA or other synthetic rubbers. Jade Yoga plants a tree for every mat sold – with over 940,000 trees planted so far, making it the perfect choice for those looking for their purchases to make positive social impact.

CorkYogis Premium Cork Yoga Mat, RRP £85

CorkYogis mission is to help women living in India who are stuck in the sex trade to break free from the industry and find dignified employment. For every CorkYogis mat purchased, CorkYogis make a contribution towards one girl’s training. 

As well as their social mission, this premium mat offers a great non-slip, anti-bacterial, natural surface to practice on. The grip increases when you sweat so this mat is best used for hot/bikram yoga, vinyasa, ashtanga and power yoga. It’s also a perfect choice for yin and pregnancy yoga because the extra cushioning and size gives you plenty of support.

Best Yoga Mats for Travelling Far

Yogamatters Eco Travel Yoga Mat, RRP £35

At just 750g in weight and 1mm thick, this mat is your perfect travel companion.  Similar to our Eco Everyday Yoga Mat, this is made from sustainably harvested natural tree rubber and free from toxic chemicals and dye, making it a truly earth-friendly choice. Its non-slip, natural rubber surface, provides a perfect hygienic layer on top of a studio mat too. Easy to fold and light to carry, this mat makes yoga possible anywhere.

“Purchased the navy which is very pleasant on the eye, good grip and better value compared to similar offerings. Excellent mat to accompany you on your travels. Would recommend.” Peter

*Recently featured in iNews “10 Best Yoga Mats”

Manduka Eko Superlite Travel Mat – Beholden, RRP £49

Made from biodegradable cotton and recycled polyester blend, eliminating the need for toxic glues, this mat has dual layer technology for optimal grip, durability and slip-resistance. The surface texture is naturally grippy and closed cells keep out moisture and sweat from seeping into the mat and breeding bacteria for better durability. The Manduka Eko Superlite leaves no footprint in landfills, and is perfect for people who want to make a commitment to our planet and take their yoga practice on the road.

Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel, RRP £46

Featuring beautiful brushstroke colours, this mat is pretty and practical. Featuring a patented Skidless® Technology, which utilises 100% silicone nubs to grip your mat and keep you in place, this mat is hygienic and absorbent. Made from 8+ recycled plastic water bottles, all dyes are free of AZO, lead, and heavy metal dyes. Lightweight (at just 0.6kg), this mat is perfect for dynamic or hot practice no matter how much you move or sweat.

Jade Yoga Voyager Mat, RRP £36

This is the most portable mat from the Jade range. Uncompromising on grip, this super thin yoga mat folds up to about the size of a yoga block, allowing it to fit perfectly into your suitcase or backpack. If you have limited storage space or you’re a frequent flyer, this is the mat for you.

“I spent a fair while deciding on a travel mat as they all had varying reviews. I plumped for the Jade Voyager in the end as it is the lightest and eco friendly. I am very pleased with the mat, it provides excellent grip and is very light indeed. Don’t expect cushioning (I just wanted the grip and ease of transport), but used over studio mats, it can give you that ‘protective’ barrier that stops you smelling all the downward dogs that have been there before as you scoop into your cobra! I have wiped mine clean and it has come up a treat. After two weeks of use, I am very happy with the mat. I cannot comment on its longevity yet, but I am really happy with its performance so far!” Vicky

Still can’t decide? Don’t worry our friendly customer service team are on hand to help, simply call us on 0333 400 7777

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