How To Choose The Best Yoga Mat For You

 

As yoga experts, we’re here to help you find the perfect yoga mat for you – one that suits your yoga practice, style and needs. Whether you’re a yoga beginner looking for your first yoga mat, or a seasoned yogi looking for an upgrade, our best yoga mat guide is here to help you get the most out of your yoga practice. With ever increasing complexity, and with so many different yoga styles around, the best yoga mat will have enough grip to make you feel at ease during the downward dog, and enough cushioning to help you master that headstand. Other than that, the rest is up to you. There are so many variations on the humble yoga mat that it’s hard to know what you’re looking for; you need to consider where you’ll be practicing, what style of yoga you want it for, and what experience you want to have. The best yoga mat for you is the one that makes you feel supported and elevates your practice, so we have found something to suit every shape, style and budget. Namaste!

1. Best For: A Natural Surface 

Practicing yoga on a natural surface can intensify a yoga pose and its physical benefits. Many aspects of yoga are about being in the moment and at one with nature – yours and the one out there – and a natural surface is perfect for keeping you more grounded and closer to nature, even if you’re in a yoga studio. 

This CorkYogis Premium Cork Yoga Mat (£85.00) provides an amazing non-slip, anti-bacterial and natural surface for your yoga practice with grip that actually increases as you sweat. Whether you’re jumping, shifting weight, or pivoting, the mat doesn’t shift around and is great for wide legged poses as it won’t bunch up under your feet. The rubber has small ridges in the bottom layer to make the mat grip to the floor effectively. This is the best yoga mat for Hot/Bikram yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Power Yoga, although this mat can also be used for pilates!

This particular cork yoga mat is 71 x 26in and 5mm thick. The sustainable, natural cork on the top of the mat is made from cork trees in Portugal.

The Premium CorkYogis yoga mat provides extra cushion for your yoga practice making it perfect for outdoor yoga (on slightly uneven surfaces) and for yogis with injuries, and if you need extra padding under your knees, this is the perfect mat for you. If you’re looking for a slightly more lightweight and portable yoga mat, CorkYogis also offer a Classic version here.

CorkYogis supports the Destiny Foundation – a charity working with survivors of human trafficking, and for every CorkYogis yoga mat purchased, they make a contribution towards one girl’s training course. If you want a hard-wearing, eco-friendly yoga mat that gives something back, this is the best yoga mat for you.

2. Best For: Pregnancy Yoga 

Practicing yoga whilst pregnant is a great way to connect with your growing baby, embrace the physical and emotional changes of your pregnancy and prepare you for birth. It can also help with aches and pains during your pregnancy, so choosing the right mat is crucial along on this spiritual journey.

Blisscloud’s Petal Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat (£69.00) is something special. With a natural 100% tree rubber base and an absorbent microfibre layer on the top, this yoga mat feels soft and luxurious but also give you a great non-slip surface that won’t move around or bunch up under your feet while you practice. Blisscloud yoga mats are eco-friendly, biodegradable and recyclable, and the gorgeous designs all use water based inks. For yogis with allergies, these are the best yoga mats as they are free from latex, silicone, toxic glue and phthalates, and there’s no toxic smell to put you off your practice. 

The microfibre top layer almost feels like suede, and although these mats are versatile and great for any kind of yoga, their soft touch makes them the perfect mat for pregnancy yoga, alongside slow paced classes such as Yin and Restorative yoga.

This yoga mat is 70 x 24in and is 3.5mm thick. Blisscloud yoga mats only weigh 4lbs and come with a carrying strap to make it even easier to practice anywhere. As well as looking beautiful, they’re fully machine washable and easy to keep clean. Blisscloud have a wide range of striking, inspirational mats that can be found here.

3. Best For: Tall Yogis 

A standard yoga mat is around 68in long, so anyone over 5″8 tall won’t be able to stretch out fully in certain poses. For the taller yogis out there, a longer mat is the best yoga mat for a comfortable and zen yoga experience without worrying about touching the floor. 

This Lotuscrafts Mudra Studio Extra Long Yoga Mat in Aubergine (£22.95) is 77 x 24in, so the extra long length is great for tall yogis or for anyone who just wants a little more room on the mat. This yoga mat also comes in a shorter length of 72 inches and can be found here.

The slight stickiness of the mat gives you great grip, even when you start to sweat, so is great for Ashtanga Yoga and any yoga class where you’re going to be moving around a lot. The yoga mat has a thickness of 5 mm which gives the best comfort and support during your practice. The non-slip surface with waffle structure provides perfect grip and stability in every yoga posture.

This is a great yoga mat for yoga beginners and yogis on a budget. It’s also great value for money and ideal for a home practice or at the yoga studio.

The Mudra mats come in a whole rainbow of colours, you can explore them here.

This Mudra Studio Yoga Mat only weighs 1.2kg so it’s lightweight and portable, which is great for yogis on the go. It’s also a sustainable yoga mat – made of eco-friendly PVC, and is free of Latex, Phthalates, AZOs and heavy metals. Lotuscrafts are committed to implementing and achieving high ethical, social and environmental standards in all areas, so if you want a yoga mat made with a conscience, this is the best yoga mat for you.

4. Best For – Restorative and Yin Yoga 

Yin and Restorative yoga are slow paced forms of yoga, and can both calm the mind and body and help you focus on your breath. They’re both a great way to reconnect with your spirit, so we want you to have the best yoga mat to assist you on that journey. 

This unique Yogoja Yoga Mat Carpet in Red Green Journey  (£76.78) is made of a heavy weight natural rubber with a suede top, and is ideal for both Restorative and Yin Yoga, but can be used for any yoga practice. Yogoja’s unique designs combine the profound effect of colour with the harmonising patterns of mandalas and sacred geometry to evoke healing relaxation. Each design brings its own healing purpose; the red energises, lifts the spirit and encourages decisions, whilst green’s healing properties orestores harmony, empowering trust and acceptance. These yoga mats would suit a spiritual yogi on a journey of healing and unifying body, mind and soul.

This yoga mat is 72 x 24in and is 4mm thick. Every Yogoja mat is skin-friendly, eco-friendly and user friendly. They are free of latex and toxins, poisonous phthalates and PVC, whilst being hypoallergenic & bacteria repellent. All of their yoga mats are made from natural rubber & TPE, are 100% recyclable and biodegradable. This yoga mat is also vegan – it has a soft suede feel and is odourless.

With this yoga mat, the more you sweat, the better the grip. The suede top layer acts as a towel absorbing moisture and reducing slipping and joint injuries. It is easy to clean with laundry powder and water, and each mat comes with a free carry bag, making transporting your mat easy. Designed to lift the spirit and aid motivation with beautiful colour vibrations, the mats create a grounding but stimulating foundation for your practice. You can explore the collection of Yogoja yoga mats here

5. Best For – Yoga On The Go 

It can sometimes be hard to make time for yoga during our busy lives, but it’s great to get into the habit of practicing daily, even if you can only fit in one pose. Having a mat that travels with you is a great way to make sure you can fit a little zen time into your day, so you can practice any time, anywhere.   

Blisscloud mats are always something special, and this Constellation Travel Yoga Mat (£49.00) is no exception. Thanks to their recycled microfibre layer, BlissCloud mats feel beautifully soft and luxurious, but weighing only 900g, they are thinner and lighter than a regular mat.

They are really useful as a hygienic top layer for those sweaty studio yoga mats – they are more sturdy than a towel, and their 100% natural tree rubber base has a great sweat absorbing surface that won’t move around or bunch up under your feet while you practice.

Although it’s a travel yoga mat, it’s still relatively long, measuring 70 x 24in and is 1mm thick. As the mat is so thin, it is easy to fold away into a small space, and it also comes with a carrying strap, making it ideal for on the go yoga.

Blisscloud yoga mats are eco-friendly, biodegradable and recyclable, and the striking designs all use water based inks. The mats are also free from latex, silicone, toxic glue and phthalates, making them the best yoga mat for yogis with allergies and anyone who’s sensitive to strong smells. This travel yoga mat is also 100% machine washable.

This multi purpose yoga mat is great value for money, and with the calming constellation design, it’s probably the best yoga mat in the planet for merging with the big pool of cosmic bliss that is the universe.

6. Best For – Meditation 

Yogis have been practicing dhyana (meditation) for hundreds of years, and although you don’t need to meditate in order to practise yoga, the two practices support each other.  There are many different ways to meditate, and your yoga mat can really help you feel ‘in the zone’. 

This beautiful Phantai Mandala Yoga Mat in green  (£80.00) is an excellent multi purpose mat that can be used as a meditation aid as well as a yoga mat. Meditating on a mandala works as a tool on your spiritual journey, to bring about inner peace and profound inner transformation.

Phantai was created by yoga teachers with years of experience, so they really know what makes the best yoga mat. Their mandala yoga mats combine all the qualities of the world’s best yoga mats – cushioning, more space, ultra grip and alignment guidelines.

The yoga mat features a natural rubber (PVC free) base with a thin top layer that will keep you from sliding around in your yoga class, even when you’re really sweaty! Whether you’re a beginner or a teacher, the central line will keep you symmetrical and balanced no matter how twisty your yoga class, and this is really useful if you’re someone who struggles with balance.

The mat measures 73 x 27in and is 4mm thick, giving you more space to move freely with your poses. If green isn’t your colour, this yoga mat comes in a great range of vibrant colours that can be found here.

7. Best For – Yogis On A Budget 

Whether you’re starting out your yoga journey and don’t want a big commitment or you’re just looking for something economical, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a great quality, long lasting yoga mat.  

This Mudra Studio Yoga Mat from Lotuscrafts in Anthracite ( £19.95) is the best yoga mat for new starters and yogis that don’t want to break the bank. Its waffle structure gives you the perfect grip and stability in every yoga pose. The sticky feel of this mat ensures it wont move around or bunch up under your feet, allowing you to focus fully on your practice.

It is 72 x 24in and is 0.5mm thick, giving it a great cushiony feel. This mat also comes in a longer length of 78 inches and can be found here. The Mudra mats come in a whole rainbow of colours, you can explore them here.

This Mudra Studio Yoga Mat only weighs 1.2kg so it’s lightweight and portable, which is great for yogis on the go. It’s also a sustainable yoga mat – made of eco-friendly PVC, and is free of Latex, Phthalates, AZOs and heavy metals. Lotuscrafts are committed to implementing and achieving high ethical, social and environmental standards in all areas, so if you want a yoga mat made with a conscience, this is the yoga mat for you.