What is a time of joy for many women was my darkest hour.
See that yoga mat there? The one way in the back of the closet? From that time you vowed you’d find your Zen on a yoga mat? Well, it’s time to dig it out.
And toss it in the recycling bin.
Yoga offerings have come a long way since you bought that old mat. And if you’re ready to give yoga another try, you’ll find that there’s a new yoga mat in town. Or actually, a whole slew of fantastic, eco-friendly mats that are tailored for your specific needs.
If you’re incorporating yoga into your existing exercise routine and think you’ll hit the mat occasionally or you want to be able to practice a wide variety of styles, you can’t go wrong with the Wisdom Print Eco Rubber Yoga Mat from Gaiam.
This 100% biodegradable rubber mat has a textured non-slip surface that will have you digging deep in down dog.
For Sweating It Out
If you’ve heard all about Bikram yoga and you’re looking for a good sweat, you’ll need a mat made of great moisture-wicking material like the Sol Dry-Grip Yoga Mat, also from Gaiam, to keep you from slipping around. The hotter you get, the more it soaks up the sweat.
For Your Next Yoga Party
Manduka’s The Pro Squared Mat leaves plenty of room for you to invite a friend (or the kids!) to practice yoga alongside you.
This monster gives you nearly 40 square feet of toe-gripping surface to practice on. There’s no denying that it comes with a steep price tag, but if you have a dedicated yoga space and are looking for extra room to spread out, this might just be the mat for you. (And the lifetime guarantee that comes with this mat helps justify its price.)
If you’re adventurous and you’re hoping to practice yoga anywhere the wind may take you, you’ll want to stow Manduka’s eKO Superlite Travel Mat in your bag.
At just two pounds, this mat won’t weigh you down as you seek your next adventure.
After forking over anywhere from $30 to $360, you’ll want to take great care of your new mat to prolong its life. The best way to do that is to clean it after every use.
A simple spritz with a good mat cleaner and a wipe down is all your mat needs to stay germ free and ready for your next use. If you opt for a rubber mat, Manduka’s Mat Restore Spray is a great choice.
And if your mat is synthetic, my favorite spray is Gaiam’s Super Yoga Mat Wash.
Whichever mat you yoga mat choose, have fun with it, and Namaste!
Yoga people: what are your favorite mats?