If you’re tired of using your studio’s (questionable, smelly) yoga mats, it’s time to get one of your own. Finding the right yoga mat is similar to choosing the perfect pair of jeans—it needs to fit just right. Our bodies are unique, and so our yoga needs. Whether you’ve just taken your first Vinyasa class or you’re a lifelong practitioner looking to upgrade, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite mats for each, unique need.
For anyone on a tight budget, you can’t go wrong with Gaiam’s yoga mat. This is perfect for the beginner who wants to ditch the studio’s mats, but may not be ready to pay for something a little more premium. Gaiam offers a wide variety of color and design options, too. The mat is also extremely lightweight, which makes it perfect for toting to-and-from your favorite studio.
The Aurorae Synergy 2-in-1 yoga mat is an absolute game-changer for anyone sweats enough to risk slippage. The Aurorae Synergy combines a supportive, light-weight mat with a microfiber top layer that absorbs moisture and prevents sliding. The machine-washable mat fends off lingering sweat smells, which makes it a great choice for hot yoga practice.
The Liforme Yoga Mat is one of the best yoga mats on the market. With its unique alignment chart, you’ll never have to worry if your hands and feet are in the right position. The markers give you all the guidance you need so you’ll feel like a pro even when practicing without an instructor. This mat also provides a non-slip grip, longer and wider surface area, and an added cushion for extra support.
If you consider yourself an outside-of-the-box thinker with daily personal practice, then consider the Sisyama Circle Yoga Mat. It has all the same great qualities as a traditional mat—a grippy surface and cushioned support—but it provides a different shape and more surface area for your practice. This is ideal for daily at-home work, one-on-one lessons, and meditation sessions, but it is also fantastic for mommy and me classes.