After letting my cheap purple yoga mat collect dust for a few years and then overworking it, it is now a slippery and smelly thin piece of plastic. As my yoga forms improve I’m becoming worried that I am going to slide during a difficult pose and hurt myself, not to mention attempting headstands on practically bare hardwood floors is anti-zen.
But how do I even begin my yoga mat search? Semi-new to the whole yoga culture (yes, culture) I googled that name brand Lulumon because I’d seen their logo on my classmates mats. The candy-colored array did look enticing but $68 dollars for a mat and then another $45 for the towel mat and my new hobby is getting expensive.
With a quick google search I found some great resources for finding the right mat. Unfortunately it looks like buying a good mat for Vinyasa yoga may require spending a little bit of cash (no surprise here, quality costs). Since I am going to make an investment I’ve narrowed down my criteria to a few important mat attributes-
With those 3 factors I decided that I have a few choices:
The Dream Mat- Manduka Pro Black Magic
For its price tag it better be magical! The site’s lovely marketing copy says: With its denser, thicker form, unparalleled comfort and cushioning, superior non-slip fabric-like finish, and simple, elegant design the Manduka PRO will revolutionize your practice. And best of all, it now comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.
The lifetime guarantee almost has me, almost.
The Best-Seller- Lulumon Mat
It has everything on my wishlist, is less than the dream mat and has very good reviews. Plus, I really like the sunny yellow color.
The Compromise- Manduka Towel Mat
Since my main issue right now is slipping, I could compromise and buy this towel mat to put over my currently worn out mat. But will that be enough support?
I’m still undecided! Fellow yogis, what kind of mat do you use?